From Clarksburg Church in Clarksburg, MD
Acts. The Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John– end with Jesus having risen from the dead and appearing to many people as proof that he was alive in physical form over the course of 40 days. In a letter we call “Acts,” Luke continues to document what happened to those who believed in the Resurrection over the next 30 years and how this small Jewish sect (where everyone is from the same small town, Galiean, speaks the same language, Aramaic, holds the same worldview, ethnicity, and culture, Jewish) became a multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial, multilinguistic, worldwide movement. Without the internet, google translate, no easy way of global travel, every barrier, boundary, and obstacle was overcome so everyone could believe in the resurrection of Jesus and participate in the Kingdom of Heaven. Today, instead of following the Holy Spirit to cross all barriers, the Church has often been responsible for creating barriers, boundaries, and obstacles to participating in the Kingdom. Acts has something new (or old) to each of us all..