The Spirit moved in dramatic ways in the early church. The gospel was preached, thousands were added to their number, many were healed, and the good news about Jesus was spread across continents. Covering the exciting action of the Spirit in the years just following Jesus' life on earth, this study will open your eyes to the Spirit's power in the past and present and help you apply the riches of Scripture to your own life.
John Stott is one of the world's leading and most loved Bible teachers and preachers. In this guide you can explore Scripture under his guidance, enhancing your own in-depth study with insights gained from his years of immersion in God's Word.
1. Waiting for the Spirit - Acts 1
2. Receiving the Spirit - Acts 2
3. The Outbreak of Persecution - Acts 3:1-4:31
4. Satanic Counterattack - Acts 4:32-6:7
5. Stephen the Martyr - Acts 6:8-7:60
6. Philip the Evangelist - Acts 8:1-40
7. The Conversion of Saul - Acts 9:1-31
8. The Conversion of Cornelius - Acts 9:32-11:18
9. Growing Pains - Acts 11:19-12:24
10. Spreading the Word - Acts 12:25-14:28
11. Resolving Conflict - Acts 15:1-16:5
12. Following the Spirit - Acts 16:6-17:15
13. City of Idols - Acts 17:16-34
14. Good News Strategy - Acts 18-19
15. Saying Goodbye - Acts 20:1-21:17
16. Politics Religion - Acts 21:18-23:35
17. The Gospel on Trial - Acts 24-26
18. Following God's Lead - Acts 27-28
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John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Stott's best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions. Whether in the West or in the Majority World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen’s New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors, and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.
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