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book of acts intro

The book of Acts is an historical narrative written by Luke -- actually, it's  part 2 of his writings, with the Gospel of Luke being part 1.  It's a  chronicle of the early church from the ascension of our Lord Jesus to  Paul's first imprisonment in Rome.  It's called the "Acts of the Apostles",  but could easily be called the "Acts of the Holy Spirit" as the Lord is growing his  church with great power.  It's a book about faith, boldness, spiritual power, and the various  kinds of difficulties and persecution that the church receives. Transition .   But it's more than a mere history of the early church.  It's a book of  transition, from a small Jewish movement in Israel to a primarily Gentile  (non-Jewish) world movement expanding into the Roman world.  There's  also a transition from the Apostles in Jerusalem, Peter being prominent,  to the Apostle Paul and his companions in mission across the  Mediterranean.  We begin to see a d