By Allen, Ronald James
Acts of the Apostles is helping the preacher establish probabilities for sermons in response to texts and subject matters within the publication of Acts. whereas delivering a simple exegetical framework for examining passages in Acts of their historic, literary, rhetorical, and theological contexts, this quantity additionally indicates ways that the preacher can relate passages and motifs from Acts to the congregation and international at the present time. It is also precious in periods that search to hyperlink textual content and sermon, and for congregational Bible study.
Throughout his statement, Ron Allen examines the connection of Acts to the Gospel of Luke, discussing parallel passages among the 2 volumes and gazing how issues within the Gospel hold ahead into Acts. He notes how specific passages give a contribution to constructing topics and to how the notice of one of these subject matter can give a contribution to the preacher's paintings with a specific passage
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The text communicates this idea in the vivid first century image of a three-story universe, but the point is not tied to that picture. The sermon could identify forces in the present that work against the purposes of God. These forces range from those that beset the individual to those that disfigure the congregation, the nation, and the world, including such things as personal addictions, diseases, the church’s preoccupation with itself, racism, and international economic havoc wreaked by transnational corporations.
It called attention to differences between the world of Acts and the world of today. The ships on which Paul rode would have fit in the control room of my vessel. Yet we visited ports in which people struggle for survival, evidence the need for the manifestation of the Realm of God is as urgent today as then.  At times, Acts points a way forward for today’s community. At other times—when elements of a passage in Acts are theologically or ethically problematic—the conversation sets in motion theological reflection that can help us chart a course towards a world more like the Realm.
However, preachers sometimes bypass this practice and engage in anachronism. Anachronism occurs when preacher and congregation read today’s issues, beliefs, assumptions, values and behaviors into the biblical text when those things were not found in the ancient world. We make the text into our own image by treating it as a mirror of our own lives and world. Preachers and commentators like to think that our own theological and ethical values are confirmed in the Bible because we can then claim to stand on the authority of the Bible when advocating our views and values.
Acts of the apostles by Allen, Ronald James