The Message of Acts: The Spirit, the Church, and the World
The Message of Acts: The Spirit, the Church, and the World
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The Message of Acts: The Spirit, the Church, and the World

in Bible Speaks Today

by John R. W. Stott

4.87 Rank Score: 6.09 from 6 reviews, 5 featured collections, and 22 user libraries
Pages 428
Publisher Inter-Varsity Press
Published 1994
ISBN-13 9780830812363
Replaces the book, The Spirit, the Church & the World, which received a Christianity Today 1991 Readers' Choice Award!

The Spirit moves the church into the world. That is how it has always been since the day of Pentecost when the Spirit brought thousands from many countries into the body of Christ. With the breadth and scholarly care that have marked John Stott's years of ministry, this book opens to us the early days of the church as recorded by Luke in the book of Acts.

The experiences of the early church have much to say about issues that concern Christians today. What can Acts tell us about tongues and other extraordinary manifestations of the Spirit? How should churches structure themselves--with elders, deacons, pastors or all three? What should a normal Christian conversion look like? And, of course, how should the church reach out into the world with the message of salvation?

These and many other topics are handled with a pastoral heart and an unwavering commitment to the authority of God's Word in our lives. As Stott concludes, "The Acts of the Apostles have long ago finished; the acts of the followers of Jesus will continue until the end of the world."

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Joel R. Beeke Joel R. Beeke May 4, 2012
The Mesage of Acts by John R.W. Stott The Spirit moves the church into the world. That is how it has always been since the day of Pentecost when the Spirit brought thousands from many countries into the body of Christ. This book opens to us the early days of the church as recorded by Luke in the book of Acts. John Stott was rector of All Souls Church in London for twenty-five years and is an acclaimed and beloved author and commentator. [Full Review]
Felipe Sabino Felipe Sabino March 16, 2011
John is a gifted writer. He has the gift of writing in an pastoral way. A very good and practical book!
Mark Heath Mark Heath July 22, 2010
Excellent exposition of the book of Acts from an evangelical Anglican noncharismatic perspective. Lots of attention to matters of theology and practical application. [Full Review]
Peter Krol Peter Krol June 5, 2010
Stott is a commentator that I could read and read and read. He is very sensitive to literary structure and devices, and he is quite sensitive to contemporary application. All in all, this was a delightful read, and very informative for me as I studied the book of Acts.
dr. tom dr. tom May 9, 2009
It is easy to pull profitable material from Stott's commentary that is meaningful both personally and in sermon/lession preparation.