The church in our time easily loses sight of her mission to witness to the resurrected Christ. Studying Acts identifies us with the early church and the way the gospel shaped her as she began witnessing in Judea and continuing, in concentric circles, “to the end of the earth.” Acts reminds us that the story of the church remains incomplete—that there continues to this day an “Acts 29.”
We face relentless opposition as our postmodern world mirrors the world of the apostles. Planting and growing churches in such an environment poses particular challenges. Nevertheless, Acts clearly demonstrates that no obstacle can withstand the power of the Holy Spirit. As he did in the early church, the Holy Spirit teaches us in Acts to “expect great things.”
As are all the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of Acts is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.
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The Reformed Expository Commentary is biblical (committed to comprehensive exposition of the text), doctrinal (committed to the Westminster Standards), redemptive-historical (committed to a Christ-centered view of the Old Testament), and practical (committed to applying the text to people today). Coeditors are Philip Ryken and Richard Phillips; biblical editors are Iain Duguid and Dan Doriani.
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Publisher: P and R Publishing Company
Publication Date: March 2011
ISBN 10: 1596380489
ISBN 13: 9781596380486
“Acts is such an important book in so many ways. . . . In this work, Derek Thomas opens up the book for readers in a way that only a preacher can,and as a result, all Christians—from the finest preacher to the humblest student of the Bible—will find that they have a veritable gold mine in their hands.”
- Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
"Somewhere along the way the idea developed that commentaries are supposed to be a resource, but are not supposed to be all that readable. Derek Thomas and his treatment of Acts defies convention. Here you have a tremendous resource for pastors and students. And here you have a most readable, insightful, and enjoyable book for all. Dr. Thomas writes with a theologian's acuity, a pastor's heart, and a fellow disciple's humility and dependence upon the Holy Spirit—all resulting in a great gift for the church."
- Stephen J. Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College
“Biblically thorough, theologically accurate, pastorally sensitive—here is a rich feast set before God’s people. As Derek Thomas feeds us from the book of Acts, not only do we find ourselves satisfied, we are compelled to loveJesus more today than we did yesterday. And isn’t that the goal of all biblical preaching, writing, and living?”
- Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS
“The church of the twenty-first century desperately needs to know her first- century history. With pastoral care and thoughtful scholarship, Thomas gets to the very heart of Acts. . . . A much-needed resource for believers of all ages who desire to more fully know God’s sovereign history in the early church.”
- Burk Parsons, Minister of Congregational Life, Saint Andrew’s, Sanford, FL; Editor, Tabletalk magazine