Daily Devotions

Acts 1-12: An Unfinished Story

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

The Book of Acts records the events that made the gospel burst out of its confines in Judaism and the city of Jerusalem to reach out to the limits of the then-known world -- all in just one generation's time.

  1:  The Unfinished Book Acts 1:1-14
  2:  The Birthday of the Church Acts 1:15-2:4
  3:  All People Acts 2:4-21
  4:  Jesus the Christ Acts 2:22-31
  5:  Cut to the Heart Acts 2:32-37
  6:  What To Do? Acts 2:38-41
  7:  The Young Church Acts 2:42-47
  8:  Look at Us! Acts 3:1-10
  9:  By Faith in His Name Acts 3:11-26
10: The Radical Resurrection Acts 4:1-12
11: When the Establishment is Wrong Acts 4:13-22
12: The Mystery of History Acts 4:23-31
13: Body Life Acts 4:32-36
14: The Prince of Pretense Acts 5:1-11
15: True Healing Acts 5:12-16
16: Confrontation! Acts 5:17-42
17: How the Body Functions Acts 6:1-8
18: The True House of God Acts 6:8-7:56
19: The First Martyr Acts 7:57-8:1
20: From Persecution to Proclamation Acts 8:1-4
21: Christ Centered or Self Centered? Acts 8:5-24
22: The Divine Wind Acts 8:25-40
23: Beloved Enemy Acts 9:1-19
24: Learning Meekness Acts 9:9-31
25: The Cure for Death Acts 9:32-10:23
26: Forgiven! Acts 10:23-11:18
27: A Good Man Acts 11:19-30
28: A New Man and a New Name Acts 11:25-26
29: To Cause To Shine Acts 11:27-30
30: The Difference Prayer Makes Acts 12:1-19a
31: The Folly of Pride Acts 12:19b-25

A devotion introduction for May

The book of Acts is the action book of the New Testament, and it constitutes therefore one of the most exciting books of the Bible. The full name of it is, The Acts Of The Apostles, but there are not many apostles mentioned in it. James, John, Peter, and Paul are the only ones who appear in any prominence. Through the centuries Christians have shortened this title and called it simply, The Acts. I like that better for this is the book of action, revealing how God is at work through Christians.

There is intense conflict throughout the book, but a conflict met by a ringing confidence that is wonderful to see. It is a record of power exercised in the midst of persecution; an account of life and health pouring from a living Christ into a sick society through the channel of obscure men and women, very much like you and me. We could never understand the New Testament if we did not have the book of Acts, for it fills the gap that would exist between the Gospels and the book of Romans, which follows. At the end of the Gospels we find a handful of Jews gathered in Jerusalem talking about a kingdom to come to Israel. In the book of Romans we find an apostle who is not even mentioned in the Gospels, and who was not one of the twelve, writing to a band of Christians in the capital city of Rome, talking about going to the ends of the earth. The book of Acts tells us how this happened, and why this change occurred.