Acts: Church on the Move
Author Peter Williams says that writing a commentary on the book of Acts has been a thrilling and exciting experience. Without Acts our knowledge of the history and progress of early Christianity would be greatly diminished, and we should know...
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Author Peter Williams says that writing a commentary on the book of Acts has been a thrilling and exciting experience. Without Acts our knowledge of the history and progress of early Christianity would be greatly diminished, and we should know nothing of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, and how the world is to be evangelised.
The aim of Luke, the writer of Acts, was to show how the church fulfilled the words of Jesus: 'You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth'.
In a series of vivid images we see Peter preaching in the streets of Jerusalem, Philip preaching to the Samaritans, and Paul travelling all over the Mediterranean world winning the Gentiles for Christ and finally establishing Christianity in Rome itself. Acts is both inspiring and challenging, and has much to teach us about reaching people with the Gospel in our own day.
The early church really was a church on the move. It was dynamic and exhilarating and there really was a sense of things happening. There were undoubtedly dangerous and challenging times for the early Christians but they were exciting times as Gods Holy Spirit was at work amongst the leaders and the ordinary people. While we may look back with longing to such days God has called us to serve him with the gospel of his grace in our own day and we may do so with the help of such instruction as is to be found in this book.
A clear and succinct guide to the Acts of the Apostles.
Peter Williams is an internationally renowned Bach scholar and performer. He was Professor of Performance Practice and the first Director of the Russell Collection of Harpsichords at the University of Edinburgh, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at Duke University N. C., and is currently John Bird Professor at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He has written numerous books on the organ, organ history and organ repertoire. The first edition of The Organ Music of J. S. Bach was published in 1980 (vols I and II) and 1984 (vol. III).