of 2012 Bible Study Blog!!!!
We hope you will interact with the Adult Formation Committee members as they reflect on what each chapter of The Book of Acts brings forth in them as they read, study and then comment on their impressions, discoveries or beliefs.
Beginning on the First Monday in July (7/2/12) and ending on the First Thursday in August (8/2/12), Adult Formation Committee members will explore the Book of Acts via this blog—all 28 chapters, day by day—Monday through Saturday. On Sundays during that time period in Miles Hall at 10am some of the members will be available to facilitate a discussion on the chapters blogged upon the previous week.
At the beginning of each blog post is a link that you can click on to read the Acts Chapter of the Day in the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. The NRSV is the version preferred by the Episcopal Church because its translation from Greek and Aramaic into English is closest to the original meaning. You may, of course, use any translation you have at home and follow along in your own Bible.
Why Acts ? you may ask . . .
“Because the story of Jesus is so impressive—God among us! God speaking a language we can understand! God acting in ways that heal and help and save us!—there is a danger that we will be impressed, but only be impressed. As the spectacular dimensions of this story slowly (or suddenly) dawn upon us, we could easily become enthusiastic spectators, and then let it go at that—become admirers of Jesus, generous with our oohs and aahs, and in our better moments inspired to imitate him.”
“It is Luke’s task to prevent that, to prevent us from becoming mere spectators to Jesus, fans of the Message. Of the original quartet of writers on Jesus, Luke alone continues to tell the story as the apostles and disciples live it into the next generation. The remarkable thing is that it continues to be essentially the same story. Luke continues his narration with hardly a break, a pause perhaps to dip his pen in the inkwell, writing in the same style, using the same vocabulary.”
“The story of Jesus doesn’t end with Jesus. It continues in the lives of those who believe in him. The supernatural does not stop with Jesus. Luke makes it clear that these Christians he wrote about were no more spectators of Jesus than Jesus was a spectator of God—they are in on the action of God, God acting in them, God living in them.
Which also means, of course, in us.”
Introduction to ACTS in The Message by Eugene H. Peterson