Luke’s Second Volume: Acts
Summarizing Luke’s “Acts of the Apostles”
The book of Acts, also called Acts of the Apostles, doesn’t specifically identify its author. Tradition from the earliest days of the church has been that Luke, a companion of Apostle Paul, wrote the books of Luke and Acts. The book of Acts was written to provide a history of the early church; it emphasizes the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Acts sheds light on the gift of the Holy Spirit, who guides, empowers, teaches, and serves as our Counselor.
• Enjoy this “Book of Acts” video (3.25 hrs.) of the full movie, available in nine languages from jesusfilm.org: Jesus (Bruce Marchiano), Luke (Dean Jones), Simon Peter (James Brolin), John (Andre Jacobs), Lydia (Jennifer O’Neill), Paul of Tarsus (Henry O. Arnold). This film depicts the birth of the early church through the eyes of Luke, the author of Luke's gospel volume; the script is taken directly from his Acts of the Apostles.
God can do amazing things through ordinary people when He empowers them through His Spirit. The book of Acts shows how God essentially took a group of fisherman and commoners and used them to turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6).
Watch this animated video (8 minutes) by The Bible Project, which provides a biblical overview of Luke’s second volume: “Acts,” chapters 1 to 12. The follow-up overview video (8 min.) of the second half of Luke’s “Acts” (chpts. 13–28) can be seen here.