During my almost two months in the US in May and June, I visited not a few congregations. Some I reported to, others I visited. Of those, perhaps a dozen or more, three were studying the book of Acts in their classes.
Considering there are 66 books in the Bible, it would seem that this observation of mine would be statistically significant. Acts is the book churches study most.
Though I wouldn’t put it in such terms, that someone has called the book of Acts the “hub of the Bible” testifies how highly the brotherhood regards this history of the church.
And important it is. We believe the Bible reveals, among other things, the pattern of faith, practice, and mission for the church. In it we find what to do and, often, how to do it. From start to finish, the Bible gives us the model for reproducing in ourselves the life of Christ.
A large chunk of that model is found in the book of Acts, where the church begins, where it develops, and where it reaches to the far ends of the earth.
So we study the book of Acts, and often.
The challenge is how to keep the study of Acts enjoyable and fresh, while still true to the text.
Phillip Eichman offers one option: his book, The Disciples Share the Good News. The book is based on the natural divisions in Acts. Studying in this way helps to maintain the context and also see the story of Acts as Luke told it.
A new quarter is coming up soon. Maybe this is the help you’ve been looking for!