Mission in Acts Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context

ISBN-10: 1570754934

ISBN-13: 9781570754937

Edition: 2004

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This work is a commentary on the Acts of the Apostles that applies the biblical text to the challenges of mission and ministry in a multicultural context.
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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 1/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface to the ASM Series
Introduction: Background to Acts
The Unique Genre of Acts
Introduction to Luke-Acts
Authorship and Date
Luke's Audience
Setting and Purpose
Three-Part Structure
Six-Part Structure
Two-Part Structure
The Structure of the Two Volumes, Luke-Acts
The Journey Motif
The Nature of the Reader
The Launching of Mission: The Outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost Acts 2:1-41
The Need for Empowerment
The Nature of the Empowerment
The Symbols of Pentecost
The Crowd's Response
Prophetic Utterance
The Triumphant Presence of the Crucified Christ
Convicting Power
Community Incorporation
Dismantling Social Barriers through Table Fellowship Acts 2:42-47
Table Fellowship in Social Perspective
Biblical Context for Acts 2:42-47
Table Fellowship in Acts 2:42-47
Christian Caring is Christian Sharing
Contextual Observations and Conclusions
Holistic Ministry and the Incident at the Gate Beautiful Acts 3:1-26
The Healing Incident
The Apostles and Setting
The Man Lame from Birth
The Healing at the Gate Beautiful
Peter's Explanation of the Healing (3:12b-16)
Peter's Appeal for Repentance (3:17-26)
Implications for Practitioners Engaged in Holistic Ministry
From "Doingness" to "Beingness": A Missiological Interpretation Acts 4:22-31
Context of the Scene
Interpretation of Acts 4:23-31
Sovereignty over Creation
Sovereignty over Humanity
Sovereignty over the Present Situation
Results of the Prayer
Application of Acts 4:23-31
Cross-cultural Mediation: From Exclusion to Inclusion Acts 6:1-7; also 5:33-42
Acts 6: Dealing Openly with Conflict
Growing Pains and Intergroup Conflict
Heightened Otherness during Cultural Change
Hebraic Suspicion of Hellenized Jews
The Challenge of Preserving Hebrew Identity
The Mediated Mediate
Pentecost as Source of Unity and Division
Gamaliel's Mediation
Contemporary Emergence of Conflict
Implications for the Immigrant Church Today
Dynamics in Hellenism and the Immigrant Congregation Acts 6:8--8:2
Stephen and Hellenism
Crucial Turns in Stephen's Speech and the Immigrant Church
The Journeys of Landless Abraham
Joseph and Moses: Aliens in Foreign Lands
The Rejection of Moses and God's Presence in the Wilderness
The Tension between Old and New in Hellenism
The Tabernacle and the Temple
Resident-Alien Status of the Patriarchs
The Living Law
The Ramifications of Stephen's Martyrdom
The Journeys of the People of God
Stephen's Message and the Immigrant Church
Preaching for Mission: Ancient Speeches and Postmodern Sermons Acts 7:2-53; 13:16-41; 14:15-17
Stephen's Speech to the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem (7:2-53)
Paul's Speech to the Synagogue in Pisidian Antioch (13:16-41)
The Speech of Paul and Barnabas to the Gentiles at Lystra (14:15-17)
Ancient Speeches and Postmodern Sermons
The Magical Mystery Tour: Philip Encounters Magic and Materialism in Samaria Acts 8:4-25
Simon the "Great"
Form and Meaning
Contemporary Blend of Faith and Money
The Misuse of Power
The Second Pentecost
The Ethiopian Eunuch: A Key Transition from Hellenist to Gentile Mission Acts 8:26-40
An Ethiopian
A Minister of Candace and a Eunuch
The Role of the Story
Worshiping, Working, and Waiting: Exploring Paul's Call to Mission Acts 9:1-22
Paul's Missionary Call
Nature and Description of Paul's Missionary Call
How God Communicated the Call to Paul
How Paul Responded to the Missionary Call
Applications to Latin American Involvement in the Missionary Movement
Peter's Conversion: A Culinary Disaster Launches the Gentile Mission Acts 10:1--11:18
The Relevance of Peter's Conversion
The Focus of Peter's Conversion
The Discourse-Level Narrative Structure
The Heart of the Story
The Implications of the Story
The Church at Antioch: Crossing Racial, Cultural, and Class Barriers Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3
A Global Challenge
The Antioch Model
Evangelism through Lay Leadership
Every Member a Minister
Care for New Believers
Witness to Oneness in Christ
Compassion for the Poor
Balanced Leadership
Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Barriers
Mission for Others
Radical Christians
Hope in the Midst of Trial Acts 12:1-11
Background of Acts 12
Persecution of the Jerusalem Church: Acts 12:1-5
Peter Released from Prison: Acts 12:6-11
Conclusion: The Prognosis
The Cursing Paul: Magical Contests in Acts 13 and the New Testament Apocrypha Acts 13:6-12
What Happened in Paphos?
Magic in the Greco-Roman World
Paul's Use of Magical Language
Paul Confronts Elymas (Bar-Jesus)
Implications for Mission Today
Success in the City: Paul's Urban Mission Strategy Acts 14:1-28
A New Vision
Where and How to Begin?
Surprise Direction
Contact Points in the City
Spread of the Jewish Religion
Enough Time to Plant a Church?
God Ahead of Us
God's Hand in Contemporary Movements
The Apostles' Strategy
Accountable to the Church
The Jerusalem Council: Some Implications for Contextualization Acts 15:1-35
The Importance of Acts 15
Lessons from the Setting
Conflict and Resolution
Gospel of Grace
Fellowship and Testimony
Finding the Will of God: Historical and Modern Perspectives Acts 16: 1-30
Divine Interruption
Divine Guidance in the First Century
Divine Guidance in the Early Church
Divine Response to the Jailing of Paul and Silas
Paul's Speech on the Areopagus: A Model of Cross-cultural Evangelism Acts 17:16-34
The Setting of the Speech
The Form of the Speech
The Content of the Speech
The Reaction to the Speech
The Art of Finishing Well: Paul as Servant Leader Acts 18:1-28 and 20:17-38
Paul Served alongside Ordinary People (Acts 18:1-23)
Paul Reproduced Servant Disciples
Paul Empowered Male and Female Disciples as Servant Leaders (Acts 18:24-26)
Servant Leadership Gives Credibility
The Fourth Pentecost: Paul and the Power of the Holy Spirit Acts 19:1-22
The City of Ephesus
The Church at Ephesus
The Context of Paul's Visit to Ephesus
The Full Gospel: From Repentance to Power
The Results
For Missionaries and Leaders: Paul's Farewell to the Ephesian Elders Acts 20:17-38
Paul's Farewell: Modeling the Spirit of Mission (Acts 20:17-38)
Paul's Personal Example (Acts 20:18-27)
Paul's Final Exhortation (Acts 20:25-35)
Do the Right Thing--But Results Are Not Guaranteed Acts 21:17--22:36; 24:10-21
Paul Reports and the Jerusalem Elders Respond
The Elders' Plan
Solution to the Problem
Paul Victimized by the Rumor Mill
Implications for Mission
The Contextualization and Translation of Christianity Acts 9:1-9; 22:3-33; 26:2-23
The Translation Model
Acts 9:1-9
Acts 22:3-22
Acts 26:2-23
The Apostle Paul's Acts of Power Acts 22-28
The Kingdom of God and Power
The Transformation of an Urban Slum
Power for the Sake of the Gospel
Paul before the Temple Leadership
Paul before the Roman Tribune
Building Relationships
Paul before Caesar
Paul before Agrippa and Festus
Sharing the Gospel with Power
Reflections on Paul's Use of Power
The Ending Is Prelude: Discontinuities Lead to Continuities Acts 1:1-11 and 28:23-31
Acts--A Threefold Dynamic
A Three-Dimensional Narrative
Ending as Prelude
Intersecting Horizons
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