The Birth of the Christian Church

The book of Acts begins with the phrase, “In my former book, Theophilus.” Acts is the second volume of Luke’s history of the Christian church. The gospel bearing his name is the “former book” mentioned in Acts 1:1. Luke was a physician, a traveling companion of Paul, a historian and a theologian. His two volumes, combined, make him the most prolific author in the New Testament. The gospel of Luke and the book of Acts were probably written during the two years that Paul was imprisoned in Rome.

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Equipping the Church to Stand Firm

The book of Ephesians was written while Paul was under house arrest in Rome. The prison epistle is a concise but complete summary of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the impact of salvation upon the lives of believers. Ephesians was John Calvin’s favorite letter of Paul’s. Many theologians have commented that it was Paul’s greatest writing. The book speaks of the greatness of God and the power of God’s Holy Spirit to change a person’s life. Paul began his letter by writing about the blessings of God, available for God’s holy people.

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