ACTS 1:1–11:21: Highlighting the Growth and Expansion of the Early Christian Church

Acts 1:1–11:21 is a section of the New Testament book of Acts, which tells the story of the early Christian church and the spread of the gospel (the message of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection) after Jesus' resurrection and ascension into heaven. Overall, this section of Acts highlights the growth and expansion of the early Christian church and the challenges and opposition it faced as it sought to spread the message of Jesus to a wider audience.

What Was the Apostolic Age?

The phrase Apostolic Age is derived from ἀπόστολος, G693, (Ezra 7:14; Dan 5:24). Meaning: that period of Early Church history during the life and work of the original apostles, which extended from the day of Pentecost (c. A.D. 33; Acts 2, to the death of John, c. A.D. 100). The main sources for the period are the Book of Acts and the NT letters.

Paul’s Life and Character as Reflected in his Epistles

The epistles of Paul furnish a most valuable supplement to the narrative of his life as found in the Book of Acts. His language often reflects the time when he was “a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious” (1 Tim. 1:13), and we see him carrying the same fiery zeal—tempered into a calm, steady flame of Christian love—into his missionary labors.

The Apostle Paul before His Conversion

We approach the apostle of the Gentiles who decided the victory of Christianity as a universal religion, who labored more, both in word and deed, than all his colleagues, and who stands out, in lonely grandeur, as the most remarkable and influential character in history.

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