by Andrew McQuitty

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Four Convictions That Changed the World (1 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 1:1-11

One person with a conviction equals a force of ninety-nine who have only an interest (Anonymous). So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing (Acts 19.20).


Drama: Dr. Luke's Dictation

Good news for God-lovers (1-2)!

Dr. Luke is the author of the Book of Acts and also the gospel that bears his name (here referred to as the first account). The only gentile author in the New Testament, Luke was a companion of the Apostle Paul. He was known to his friends as the beloved physician (Col. 4.14). Her wrote Acts in approximately the year 75 A.D. to a friend named Theolphilus whom many believe was a high-ranking Roman official. The symbolism of Theophilus' name (lit., lover of God) is evident: though Luke was writing a specific individual, his words are good news for God-lovers everywhere an in every time!

Dr. Luke indicates that his gospel's account of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection was only all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day when He was taken up. The gospel account of Jesus' mission in His body of flesh would now be continued as the Book of Acts traced Jesus' ongoing mission through His extended Body--the Church. It's that mission that we'll be tracing over the next 23 week series entitled Acts: God's People in Action. Let's pray. . .

Introduction: How do we explain the radical transformation of Jesus' disciples?

Four seasons ago the Dallas Cowboys had a new owner, a new coach, and a new quarterback. Amidst swirling controversy over the firings of Tom Landry and later Tex Schramm, Coach Jimmy Johnson led his team to the doghouse with a 1-15 first season remarkable only for its abject awfulness. But last January, you and I watched as that same coach under the same owner with the same quarterback won the right to wear the rings of world champions. From 1-15 t ...

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