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The fifth book of the New Testament, giving an account of the lives of the apostles after Jesus' death and resurrection, and the development of the early church.

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Who was Theophilus?

Acts 1:1 "In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach" Who was he? Is it also possible that, since Theophilus means, "friend of God", as Richard states, ...
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Do Cessationists believe that the Holy Spirit still speaks specific messages or instructions to Christians today?

The book of Acts includes several examples: Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Acts 8:29 While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three ...
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How do Christians who insist upon keeping the 7th day Sabbath explain Acts 15?

In Acts 15 it is recorded that certain men from Judea had come to Antioch and were teaching the Gentile believers that, if they were not circumcised after the law of Moses, they could not be saved. ...
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How Did the Earliest Church Define Salvation?

This question came up for me in a discussion of the meaning of "saved" in Acts 15:1. But certain ones having come down from Judea were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are ...
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This question is for Unitarians/Biblical Unitarians as well and it is based on Acts 7:59-60

Acts 7:59-60 59 And they went on stoning Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! 60 And falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do ...
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Why did the disciples cast lots when the Holy Spirit was promised [closed]

In the book of Acts Chapter 1:v 4-5 regarding an earlier speech of Jesus, it is written On one occasion,while he was eating with them he gave them this command:Do not leave Jerusalem,but wait for ...
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What is the overview belief of the SDA regarding the Gift of Tongues?

One of the fundamental beliefs of the SDA is the belief in (Spiritual Gifts and Ministries No 17) but what is intriguing is whenever they list these gifts in their commentaries the gift of tongues is ...
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Does Acts 3:17-26 teach that if the people of Israel repented Christ would have returned and established the Kingdom?

Acts 2 Dispensationalists claim that the birth of the body of Christ happens in Acts 2 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, because God was no longer dealing with Israel on a national level due to ...
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How do those who hold Jesus = God in the Trinitarian sense account for Paul's reticence to state this clearly and consistently?

At the end of his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul says (Ephesians 6:19-20) Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the ...
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Why is Acts 8:37 missing in the NIV?

During bible study I noticed that Acts 8:37 was missing from my bible. Verse 36 goes straight onto verse 38. Some cursory Google searches show that this happens in the NIV but not the KJV. Is there ...
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What denominations believe that a Book of Acts style of interaction with the Holy Spirit is still possible today?

Book of Acts (ESV): Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Acts 8:29 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him ...
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How have mainstream Christian denominations interpreted the Acts command to abstain from blood?

Acts 15:28 and 29 tells us that basically all of the old law covenant is no longer to be observed except: Acts 15:28 KJV For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater ...
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Does Acts 15:21 assume new believers would learn and follow the law from synagogues on sabbath?

Acts 15:19-21 (NIV, Emph mine) 19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to ...
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Acts 6:8 - Stephen is described as "full of grace" (πλήρης χάριτος)

In Acts 6:8, according to some manuscripts the Greek text states, Στέφανος δὲ πλήρης χάριτος καὶ δυνάμεως ἐποίει τέρατα καὶ σημεῖα μεγάλα ἐν τῷ λαῷ. (NA28) which is translated by the NABRE into ...
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What answer do speakers of 'tongues' have in regard to the emphasis of scripture?

This question regards those who support and participate in the modern 'speaking in tongues' and asks what their answer would be regarding the emphasis of scripture. Note that it is not a matter of '...
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Were there implicit laws not referenced in the Acts 15 letter to gentile believers?

In Acts 29 the Jewish Christian Elders in Jerusalem sent a letter to the gentile believers throughout the world, instructing them to be at peace, and stating that they were not required to follow ...
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Why did Jesus use a Greek proverb when He spoke Aramaic to Saul in Acts 26:14?

Saul spoke Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin (there are many references). Jesus spoke Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew (again there are many references). In Acts 26:14, Paul (who at this time was using his ...
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How do Trinitarians explain that Jesus himself claims He is a man who has heard things from God at John 8:40?

In Acts 2:22, St. Peter says "Fellow Israelites, listen to this! Jesus of Nazareth was a man who had God's approval." I have asked about this particular line here. Similarly, Jesus himself ...
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Why don’t the baptisms in Acts use the trinitarian formula? [duplicate]

At the end of the book of Matthew, we see Jesus’ command for baptism in the name of all three persons of the trinity: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of ...
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How do Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians respond to William Lane Craig's lectures on the Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit?

From Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Part 5): The Baptism In the Holy Spirit: Baptism and Fullness of the Holy Spirit Today we want to look at the baptism and fullness of the Holy Spirit. There’s a ...
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Do all believers receive the Holy Spirit at conversion but only a few are filled with the Holy Spirit post conversion?

The following passages seem to support that all believers receive the Holy Spirit at the time of conversion: Ephesians 1:13 (NIV) 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of ...
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What denominations practice "laying on of hands" so that new converts may receive the Holy Ghost, and what manifestations are usually expected?

This question is inspired by examples in the book of Acts: 14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, 15 who came down and ...
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What is the evidence that someone is filled with the Holy Spirit? [closed]

There seems to be a distinction between being filled with the Holy Spirit and being indwelt with the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts mentions the filling of the Holy Spirit several times. What ...
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According to Protestant NT scholars/historians did Gamaliel get the chronology & history wrong in Acts 5?

I was listening on (audio) to Wayne Grudem’s systematic theology and in the chapter on biblical inerrancy.. he mentioned some people dispute Gamaliel's historical accuracy on certain uprisings, and ...
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What are the strongest alleged contradictions between Luke-Acts and the Pauline letters in John Bowden's, "The Historical Jesus"?

In an article on "Authorship of Luke-Acts" in Wikipedia, it states the following: According to a Church tradition, first attested by Irenaeus (c. 130 – c. 202 AD), he was the Luke named as ...
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Are there any documented cases of Xenoglossy (i.e. "Acts 2:1-13 type" tongues, understood by a foreigner) in recent history (19th century on)?

I'm aware of the existence of many Pentecostal and Charistmatic groups that believe in the gift of tongues and claim to be able to exercise it. In fact, one can very easily find lots of videos of ...
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Why did the Apostles not go with the rest of the believers outside of Jerusalem?

I noticed that the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem for a long time while others sort of acted like missionaries as a result of being scattered... except the Apostles. And there arose on that day a ...
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Why does St. Peter use the phraseology "killed by hanging on a tree" while referring to the crucifixion of Jesus?

We read in Acts 5:29-30: But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree....
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How much did Paul's travels cost?

The Apostle Paul famously made an extensive series of missionary journeys around the eastern Mediterranean (in various company, and stopping off in some places for months or years, also getting ...
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Have other group visitations of the Holy Spirit similar to Acts 4:23-31 been reported in church history?

Acts 4:23-31 (ESV): 23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices ...
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Was the cave of Abraham in Shechem or Hebron?

Genesis 23:17–20 says: So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded to Abraham as his property in the ...
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Why would Sapphira have had a say in disposition of property?

As a first-century woman in Judea, it seems unlikely that Sapphira would have had much legal say in whether property is sold and how much it's sold for. Yet Peter says that she and Ananias both agreed ...
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Is the right hand of God a divine position? [closed]

Many people apply verses in the Bible like Psalm 110:1, Mark 12:35-36, and Acts 2:33-36, as well as many other verses which state Jesus sits at the right hand of God. But is this a divine position, ...
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How did the Apostles cast lots in Acts 1?

What was the manner in which the apostles cast lots to make Matthias an apostle in Acts 1? And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles....
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Was God "unmerciful" to Ananias & Sapphira in Acts 5:1-10?

Mercy in the words of the Popes; “God’s face is the face of a merciful Father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience he has with each one of us? That is his mercy. ...
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`Act 8 : 15~19 ; what is the Holy spirit? [closed]

In Act 8:15-17, what is the Holy spirit concretely? According to the Bible, God is spirit. In Act 8, many people want to receive the Holy spirit. I want to know what is the Holy spirit and I want to ...
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Do any denominations teach how to bring about revival?

38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise ...
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Did Jesus appear post-resurrection to twelve apostles?

We see at 1 Cor 15:3-5: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that ...
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How does Ehrman support his assertion that the "we" passages in Acts represent a false claim to eyewitness status for those particular events?

A Wikipedia article on the Authorship of Luke–Acts has a quote from Bart E. Ehrman commenting on the stylistic insertions of the "we" passage as indicating a forgery: According to Bart D. ...
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Are there any sources other than Acts 2 reporting Xenoglossy during the first centuries of Christianity?

Xenoglossy, the ability to suddenly speak a language one has never learned or studied, is reported to have taken place at Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. Are there any other independent sources that ...
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What is the most dangerous heresy that exists in the church today? [closed]

There are many heresies referenced in the New Testament and even more that have surfaced in the centuries since it was written. One is alluded to in the account of Simon Magus. 9Now there was a man ...
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Why do some people speak in 'tongues' , which have to be interpreted, when angels do not?

Prior to the birth of Jesus Christ, angels spoke to Zechariah, to Joseph and to Mary. After his birth, angels spoke to shepherds, then to Joseph and Mary together, and then to Joseph again (four times)...
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What is the difference between praising and preaching?

The original context of the question is Acts 2:11 (ESV): 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Some claim that the ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret Acts 2:22 in terms of St. Peter's beliefs?

Acts 2:22 quotes St. Peter saying "Men of Israel, listen to this message: Jesus of Nazareth was a man certified by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through Him,...
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How could Stephen be stoned without a trial and conviction in front of the Roman Governor?

I heard in a sermon that it was not allowed for the Jewish leaders to convict a person without permission from the Roman governor. My question is: how did they stone Stephen (Acts 7:58) without a ...
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Is Unterbrink's theory that the Judas of Galilee in Acts 5 is Jesus tenable?

I am a Christian and came across a theory by atheist Daniel T Unterbrink where he claims that Judas of Galilee from Acts 5 is actually Jesus insofar that the gospel accounts of Judas of Galilee (not ...
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Does the Holy Spirit speak on behalf of the Father , or the Son or both?

We see in John 16:13, Jesus giving his disciples a foresight into the role of the Holy Spirit: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, ...
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What, according to Jesus, is the primary purpose and objective of sending the Holy Spirit at Pentecost?

After the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and filled all those gathered together in that upper room in Jerusalem (Acts 1: 13-14), they were enabled to go forth and speak boldly about Jesus of Nazareth ...
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Why were the apostles still going to the temple for prayer and rituals?

In the book of Acts you read how the Apostles attend the temple, offer rituals, prayers etc. So it is clear they are still obeying the Law. How is it that they didn't understand modern day ...
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Receiving the Holy Spirit after conversion Acts 8:14–17

How would [Southern] Baptist (SBC) churches explain Acts 8:14–17 in the giving of the Holy Spirit after initial conversion or belief? It had always been my understanding that the argument was the Holy ...