Acts: No Proper Close

This past Sunday we concluded our series on the book of Acts at Redeemer Bible Church. A couple people have asked about the quote I cited from my sermon on Sunday as well as the corporate prayer that we prayed to end. Those items are included below:

Quote:

“Church of Christ! The records of these acts of the Holy Ghost have never reached completeness. This is the one book which has no proper close, because it waits for new chapters to be added so fast and so far as the people of God shall reinstate the blessed Spirit in his holy seat of control”
(Arthur T. Pierson, The Acts of the Holy Spirit [London: Marshall, Morgan and Scott, 1895] 141–42; as cited in John R. W. Stott, The Message of Acts [Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1994] 33).

Closing Prayer:

“Almighty God, our heavenly Father, the privilege is ours to be called to share in the loving, healing, and reconciling mission of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, in this age and wherever we are. Since without you we can do no good thing, may your Spirit make us wise; may your Spirit guide us; may your Spirit renew us; may your Spirit strengthen us so that we will be strong in faith; discerning in proclamation; courageous in witness; persistent in good deeds. This we ask through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen”
(The Worship Sourcebook [Grand Rapids: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship/Faith Alive/Baker, 2004] 358).

The audio for this sermon can be accessed here (http://bit.ly/AwnVTD).

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One thought on “Acts: No Proper Close

  1. Agreeing with what you have shared above, I have supplementally heard:

    First, though the Book of Acts does contain the death of some of the saints (Stephen for instance), it recounts neither of the deaths of the two super-apostles, Peter & Paul. Why? Because though we are blessed to suffer (and even die) for the faith, and though some of us may well die for the faith (Pastor Youcef in Iran?), and though the LORD may well use our deaths to advance the Gospel, our deaths are not the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice (and resurrection!).

    Second, and related; the abrupt ending then ends at witness and avoids the ‘end’ of Paul so as to not rob the focus on Jesus, and his church that grows out of the witness of his life, death, and resurrection, and then goes forth in that very same witness.

    Acts 1:8 baby!

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