Thirty Years That Changed the World: The Book of Acts for Today

Thirty Years That Changed the World: The Book of Acts for Today

Thirty Years That Changed the World: The Book of Acts for Today

Thirty Years That Changed the World: The Book of Acts for Today

Synopsis

While there are many studies and commentaries on the book of Acts, few focus on the amazing achievement of the people found within its narrative. The first Christians chronicled in Acts turned the world upside down in the space of a generation. In this book Michael Green opens up the gripping story of Acts, highlighting the volcanic eruption of faith described there and comparing it to the often halfhearted Christianity of the modern Western world.

Combining trusted scholarship with a popular, enjoyable writing style, "Thirty Years That Changed the World" is an ideal book for church, group, or personal study. Green explores the life and faith of the Christians of Acts, answering such questions as "What kind of people were they? How did they live?" and "How did they organize and practice as members of the new church?" Besides unveiling the nature of life in the early church, Green discusses how we today can apply the first Christiansb dynamic efforts at church planting, pastoral care, social concern, gospel proclamation, and prayer.

Excerpt

I am fascinated by the Acts of the Apostles. It is the only account we have of how the first Christians spread and multiplied during the thirty years following the death of Jesus. By that time they had become so numerous that the Fire of Rome in AD 64 could be attributed, albeit slanderously, to them. The book contains a tapestry of themes: the church, the ministry, the apostolic preaching, the Spirit, the charismata, church planting, Christian lifestyle, sacrifice, prayer, social concern and many more. The Acts has so much to say to our half-hearted and cold-blooded Christianity in the western world. It rebukes our preoccupation with buildings and ministerial pedigree, our syncretism and pluralism, our lack of expectancy and vibrant faith. As such it is a book supremely relevant for our time.

I have tried to learn principles of Christian life and ministry from this book for many years. They are so radical so different from much that is taught and practised in the modern church. They are so difficult to carry out. Time and again I fall flat on my face. But better to try and to fail than not to try at all. It gives me a renewed zest to return to the book of Acts afresh, keen to discern more clearly the secret of the astonishing advance of the early church. So I have taken some major themes from the book and examined their relevance to today’s church. And I am very grateful for churches I know in many . . .

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