The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus Paperback
Luke's account of God's unfolding plan
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The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus
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Alan Thompson's aim is not to address such debates, but rather to offer a biblical-theological framework for interpreting the book of Acts, so that Luke's major themes may be identified and related to the book as a whole. He especially highlights Acts as an account of the 'continuing story' of God's saving purposes: Luke intends his work to be read in the light of Old Testament promises and the continuing reign of Christ in the inaugurated kingdom of God. In this light, Luke's key themes are better understood and integrated.
Furthermore, the emphasis on the kingdom of God is as relevant for Christians today as it was in the first century. All who follow the Lord Jesus this side of the cross and resurrection need to know that God is accomplishing his saving purposes even now through the reign of Christ.
The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus by Alan J Thompson was published by Apollos in July 2011 and is our 30131st best seller. The ISBN for The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus is 9781844745357.
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The Acts of the Risen Lord JesusBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
This excellent book may offer the reader new insights into the Book of Acts, and give a lot of help to the preacher. Alan Thompson wants to let Acts speak for itself, rather than using it to answer our questions that may not actually have been Luke’s main concern. The Book of Acts, ‘Luke’s biblical narrative’, according to Thompson, ‘highlights the continued out-working of God’s saving purposes through the risen Lord Jesus’, and is therefore about ‘the acts of the risen Lord Jesus’. Luke emphasises ‘the inauguration’ (a favourite word in this book) ‘of the kingdom by Jesus and his continuing rule.’ That is why the Resurrection features so prominently in Acts. It is the ‘supreme evidence’ of the achievement of God’s purposes and of the arrival of the age to come. People who have been used to a fairly traditional ‘Pauline Missionary Journey’ approach to Acts 13 to 21 may notice the somewhat different structure that Thompson proposes, which focuses less on Paul and more on ‘the reign of the Lord Jesus’ and ‘the continuing spread of the word’.
Among the extended sections I found particularly helpful are those on Jesus and the Holy Spirit, death and resurrection in Acts and preaching the Gospel in Acts. Thompson devotes a chapter to the inadequacy of the temple and its fulfillment in Jesus, the ‘Davidic king’ (as he likes to call him) and another chapter to the fact that the apostles’ authority and teaching replace the Law as ‘the direct guiding authority for God’s people’ (including an interesting section on the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15). Each chapter ends with a helpful conclusion, which assists the reader to grasp the gist of Thompson’s message. The book’s last chapter, Concluding Summary, in effect repeats what’s in those chapter conclusions, but pulls it all together well. So I recommend this book.
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|Author / Artist||Alan J Thompson|
|Publisher||Apollos (July 2011)|
|Number of Pages||232|
|Page last updated||17th September 2017|