GENRE: Religious Text

SUMMARY: The Book of Acts, Luke’s second writing, opens with Jesus saying farewell to the apostles before returning to heaven to sit in his rightful place as King. Before leaving them, Jesus commissions the Apostles with the task of taking the good news of the salvation of Jesus Christ and spreading it throughout the world. He tells them that the Holy Spirit will provide them with the ability to accomplish this task. The rest of the book is a record of how the Holy Spirit worked through the Apostles in telling everyone about Jesus. In his final words to the Apostles, before he returned to heaven, Jesus outlined what would happen next. He said to them,

“It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:7-8, NIV