The Book of Acts
“When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.” – Acts 28:23
If someone asked you, “What is the book of Acts all about?”, what would you say? Is it about the Day of Pentecost and the many different signs and wonders in the early church? Is it about the birth of the New Testament church? Is about Paul and his missionary journeys? Those answers are a part of the book of Acts, but they don’t really get to the heart of the purpose of the book of Acts. So what’s the overarching theme of the book of Acts? Acts is all about the expansion of the kingdom of God to the ends of the earth. Acts starts with Jesus talking about nothing but the kingdom (Acts 1:3). And Acts finishes with Paul talking about nothing but the kingdom, all the while he was under house arrest in the city of Rome (Acts 28:23). Therefore, it begs a serious question. If the mission to expand the kingdom of God to the ends of the earth was what consumed Jesus’ life before He ascended and was all that Paul talked about when he was in Rome, is the expansion of the kingdom even on our radar today?
When was the last time you considered how you personally can expand the kingdom of God in your everyday life?