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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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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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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 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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Have the dietary prohibitions of Acts 15:20 been applied to Christians today?

An answer to this question references Acts 15:20, which says -- (19) Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, (20) but should write to them to ...
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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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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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Who bought the Field of Blood, Judas or the Priests?

This is similar to another question "How did Judas Die", but is specifically addressing another aspect of the story. In Matthew we have the priests purchasing the field: Matthew 27:5-7 (...
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What is the difference between being filled by the Holy Spirit and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit? [closed]

The book of Acts talks about people "being filled" with the Holy Spirit at various times. There is also the concept of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. From the perspective that asserts these are, ...
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According to biblical inerrantists, are the apostles' recorded speeches in the book of Acts inerrant?

Evangelicals/fundamentalists who believe in biblical inerrancy hold that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and contains no errors.1 This is typically understood to refer to the original ...
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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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When did Jesus send the Holy Spirit? [closed]

I've always assumed that the Holy Spirit did not make his presence known amongst men until Pentecost. Famously, in Acts 2, the Spirit descends upon the first believers, gives them power of speech, ...
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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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Reason for the choice of new 12th Apostle?

In Acts 1:20–26, the Apostles are choosing the 12th Apostle who will replace Judas: 20 Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, with ...
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Reformed perspective on "It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us" (Acts 15:28)

Acts 15 records the Council of Jerusalem, a meeting in about 50AD of early Church leaders regarding whether Gentiles could be Christians without first becoming Jews. "After much discussion" (15:7) ...
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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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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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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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Why did early Christians in Acts still go to the Jewish temple every day?

In the Acts of the Apostles we find that the early believers were every day visiting the temple and afterwards meeting in each others homes. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple ...
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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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What are the arguments that Acts was written prior to 70 AD?

What are the reasons, whether theological or secular, for concluding that the book of Acts was written prior to 70 AD? Please also view the related question What are the arguments that the book of ...
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What is the basis for arguing that Paul should have been selected as the 12th apostle instead of Matthias?

Commentators on the story of Acts 1:15–26, where the Apostles select Matthias to replace Judas as the 12th apostle, often say vague things like: Some have held that the choice of Matthias was ...
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What was the point of the laws written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia? [closed]

In Acts 15, a letter was written to the beliving Gentiles. I can understand why they have to abstain from sexual immorality. However, I was wondering What's the point of the law which state that they ...
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What do those who practice the gift of 'tongues' consider the purpose to be?

In Acts 2, we read of how the apostles received the gift of tongues so that people heard the gospel in their own languages. Is the gift of tongues, then, specifically evangelistic or does it have a ...
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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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A promise in Acts 16:31?

In the book of Acts, chapter 16, verse 31, reads as follows: They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household." (NET) They replied, "Believe in the Lord ...
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What does "the Lord opened her heart" (Acts 16:14) mean, according to Calvinists?

Acts 16:13 (NIV) On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. I ...
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Do Paul and the other Apostles command the keeping of Kosher diet in Acts 15:29?

If so, why do many ignore it? I realize there are many verses as well that state in the New Testament that nothing is to be considered unclean anymore, but that makes this verse stand out as ...
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What are the arguments that the book of Acts was written after 70 AD?

What are the major reasons, whether theological or secular, for concluding that the book of Acts was written after the destruction of the temple in 70 AD? Please also view the related question: What ...
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What is an overview of the interpretations of Acts 16:31 "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."?

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. ... and you and your family will be saved.(Acts 16:31) What is an overview of the major interpretations of this verse. I ...
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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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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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Cleansing of unclean meat to clean meat interpretation of Acts 10:17-18 and 22-23 in relation to Isaiah 66:17

I have never read in the bible whether eating of unclean meat as described in the Old Testament where it is allowed to eat "unclean meat" or unclean meat is now clean meat. Except for one vision from ...
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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times?

St. Paul the Apostles admitted that Christ did not sent him to baptize but to preach the Gospel. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, ...
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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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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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How do we understand that the law was given by angels

This scriptures shows us that the Law was given by ministrations of angels and by Moses. Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Acts 5:53 For if the word spoken ...
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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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