THE BOOK OF ACTS
Welcome to my study of the book of Acts in question form. I commend you on your desire to learn more about God and His will. I trust that you believe that God's Word is inspired as it claims: II Timothy 3:16,17; I Thessalonians 2:13. I also trust that you will realize that the Creator's Word will NOT contradict itself in any sense of the term! If it seems to do so, then we do not understand it correctly.
The book of Acts is a wonderful book which gives us the inspired account of the beginnings of that church for which Christ died and shed His precious blood: Acts 20:28. The book of Acts is not only full of historical information about the New Testament church, but also gives us knowledge concerning how the Holy Spirit operated upon and through the chosen apostles, and others upon whom they laid their hands. Conversion is also a primary subject in this book, as the Holy Spirit directed those godly men to teach that truth from above, which, when obeyed, would save those who responded to it: Acts 2:40,41,47.
Unfortunately, there is much controversy today about these subjects, and thus many different doctrines are being taught and practiced. We know that God did not bring about all of these varied and conflicting doctrines, as He is not the author of confusion: I Corinthians 14:33, and He wants unity on His Word: I Corinthians 1:10; I Peter 4:11.
Dear student, God means for man to understand His will properly, as He desires, not as man desires! We cannot please God by following the doctrines and commandments of men:Matthew 15:8,9.