by Jerry Vines

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Acts 1:1-4
Dr. Vines 1/12/86
We are going to begin a series of studies from the book of Acts. 1986
is the 10th year of the commitment our church has made to win Jacksonville to
Jesus Christ. As I was praying and asking the Lord where He would have me go in
our studies on Sunday night, I felt led of God to go to the book of Acts. There
is rno boetter book t-o pre-pare our mintds- and our hearts as to what a church is
intended to be than the book Acts. A reading and study of the book of Acts
changed my ministry as a young preacher. When I first got out of school and got
busy being a pastor and trying to do the things I felt God wanted me to do as a
pastor, I was led to the book of Acts. In that book God showed me exactly how
you go about building His church. We begin in Acts 1:1-5:
"The former treatise have I made, 0 Theophilus, of
all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he
through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the
apostles whom he had chosen:
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion
by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty
days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the
kingdom of God:
Being assembled together with them, commanded them
that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait
for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye
have heard of me.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."
You notice immediately in verse one, he makes reference to the fact that he has
written a previous book. He is saying the first book I have written o
Theophilus. This morning we began our study in the book of Luke and we saw that
Luke's Gospel was addressed to a man he called excellent Theophilus. We notice
that the author of the book of Acts is the same as the author of the Gospel of
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