Grace Church of Chapel Hill, NC
Greetings. We are about to embark on an incredible journey together. We get to see the Kingdom of God
expanding in the life of the early church as described by Luke in the book of Acts. On behalf of the
pastors and teaching team that put this devotional together, let me say that it is our prayer that you are
changed as you encounter God in the pages of Acts.
Below is a brief description of some of the background issues in Acts, and then the regular weekly
devotional begins. Let me also encourage you to really take some time to dig in. As my pastor, Kendrick
Vinar, likes to say, “You get out of it what you put it to it.” So read, ponder, think, pray, and allow God to
meet you as you spend time with Him this summer. Let’s get started.
Author, Date, and Location:
While nothing in ancient scholarship is considered certain, there is very little doubt that the author of the
book of Acts is Luke the physician, who also wrote the Gospel of Luke. There are several reasons to
conclude this. The most important one is that both works are addressed to Theophilus. There is some
debate about the identity of Theophilus. Some have suggested that his name is a pseudonym – Theophilus
literally means “Lover of God” from the Greek words “Theos” (God) and “Phileo” (love). But more than
likely he was a historical figure who funded the materials (scrolls and ink, etc.) for Luke to make his
composition of both Luke and Acts.
It is most likely that Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts between A.D. 58-66. We
know that Luke traveled with Paul on many of his journeys (2 Tim. 4:11) and during this time Paul spent
a lot of time in prison waiting to be transported to Rome. This would have given Luke the time he needed
to research his Gospel and record the accounts of Acts.
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