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  • Copyright: 2011-07-20
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This study guide will take individuals or groups through Luke and Acts in 32 sessions that correspond with their natural parts. Readers will discover that these books are actually the two parts of a single story that tells how the community of Jesus' followers began with his life and ministry and then spread around the world. The readings and discussion will help them recognize the ways God is still working today and how they can be part of what God is doing.TheUnderstanding the Books of the Bibleseries helps readers understand the biblical story by not only talking about what the authors wrote, but also how they wrote. Quite often, recognizing whether a passage is poetry, proverb, or history and discerning how the author built his book will unlock its meaning for today's reader. Instead of following artificial chapter and verse divisions, these Bible study guides lead groups through whole books following their natural outlines, and pose engaging questions for discussion and personal application all along the way.

Author Biography

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is a writer and biblical scholar who lives in East Lansing, Michigan. He served local churches for nearly twenty years and is now a volunteer staff member With Graduate intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Michigan State University. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for the books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. He is the author of After Chapters and Verses; Reading the Bible Smarter Not Harder, and the other volumes in the Understanding, the Books of the Bible series. He has a B.A. in literature from Harvard,a master's degree in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in historical theology and Bible from Boston College.

Table of Contents

How These Study Guides Are Differentp. 1
Experiencing the Book of Luke As a Wholep. 12
God Gives Zechariah and Elizabeth a Son with a Special Missionp. 16
Jesus is Born in Bethlehem and Dedicated in the Jerusalem Templep. 21
John Announces a "Baptism of Repentance" and Jesus is Baptized and Testedp. 25
Jesus Teaches in the Synagogues of Galilee and is Opposed by Religious Leadersp. 29
Jesus Chooses and Instructs Twelve Aposdes and Demonstrates Gods Compassionp. 34
Genuine Hearing, Faith and Fear, and the Identity of Jesusp. 38
Anticipating the Day of Judgment and Making Judgments about Jesusp. 43
Answering for Our Loyalty to Jesus and for Our Relationship to Wealthp. 47
Who Will be Saved? Not Who You're Expectingp. 51
Receiving or Rejecting Jesus and the Kingdomp. 55
Conflict in Jerusalem Over Jesus' Identity and Authorityp. 59
Jesus Celebrates the Passover with His Disciples and is Arrested and Triedp. 63
Jesus is Executed on a Cross but then Rises from the Deadp. 67
Experiencing the Book of Acts as a Wholep. 73
The Community Restores its Leadership and is Baptized in die Holy Spititp. 77
The Religious Leaders Try to Make the Apostles Stop Speaking about Jesusp. 82
Stephen Speaks Powerfully about Jesus in the Synagogues and Before the Sanhedrinp. 87
Philip Spreads the Good News; Jesus Appears to Saul at Damascusp. 91
A Roman Centurion Invites Peter to Come and Tell about Jesusp. 95
The Antioch Church Sends Paul and Barnabas Out to Proclaim the Good Newsp. 101
Paul Proclaims the Good News about Jesus in Macedonia, Achaia, and Ephesusp. 107
Paul Travels Back to Jerusalemp. 113
Paul is Rescued from a Riot in Jerusalem but Held as a Prisonerp. 117
Paul Defends Himself before Felix, Festus, and Agrippap. 121
Paul is Brought to Romep. 126
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