Introduction to Acts
The Author: Luke, a Gentile – the only Gentile author in the New
Testament - and, according to church history, a physician
The recipient of the book: Theophilus; “God lover”
Perhaps an individual being protected by Luke’s address.
Perhaps to all who would know more of God and Jesus.
The sources of the book:
Eyewitnesses and testimony for Chapters 1-15; Luke 1:1
Personal experience for Chapters 16-28
The purpose of the book:
1.) To commend Christianity to the Roman government
a. Luke consistently shows Roman magistrates in a very good light.
2.) To show that Christianity is a universal religion
a. For all men and women
i. First the disciples
ii. Then the Jews
iii. Then the Samaritans
iv. Then the Gentiles
v. And the first Gentile convert was a woman!
b. Of every country
i. Luke begins with Jesus and disciples in Israel
ii. Luke concludes with Paul in Rome, soon to stand before Caesar himself!
c. To prove the fulfillment of Acts 1:8 and to show the power of God is at work in our world today!