The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Acts by Dr. Michael Williams

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in the Book of Acts

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Chart adapted from *Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Acts

Acts: Theme

Acts 1:8

“Witness”

God expands and empowers his church through his Spirit.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Christ-Focus in Acts

Implications from Acts

Hooks from Acts

The Spirit of the risen Christ empowers witness about him.

 And Jesus said to them,

“Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

 – Mark 1:17

Let the Spirit of the risen Christ empower our witness to the gospel.

 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.”

 – 2 Timothy 1:7-8

 

When was the last time you told someone the good news of salvation in Christ?

 What prevents you from doing so more often?

 How did you hear the gospel?

 Is the effectiveness of your witness of Christ ultimately up to you?

 How do you acknowledge and draw on the strength of the indwelling Spirit for your witness to life in Christ?

 In your present circumstances, what is one way you could make the gospel clear to others?

 

*Michael James Williams in his own words: “After my conversion in the U. S. Navy (in a submarine beneath the North Atlantic!), I entered Columbia Bible College, where I received a B.A. (1985). This was followed by an M.A. in Religion at Westminster Theological Seminary (1987) and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (1999). In 2000, I was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, and since 1995 have been teaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. I have also taught courses at Westminster Theological Seminary, the University of Pennsylvania, and brief stints in Limuru, Kenya; Donetsk, Ukraine; and Warsaw, Poland. In addition to articles on Old Testament topics in various reference works and academic journals, and contributing to and editing “Mishneh Todah: Studies in Deuteronomy and Its Cultural Environment in Honor of Jeffrey H. Tigay” (2009); I have authored “Deception in Genesis: A Comprehensive Analysis of a Unique Biblical Phenomenon” (2001); “The Prophet and His Message: Reading Old Testament Prophecy Today” (2003); and, most recently, “How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture” (2012). My amazing wife, Dawn, and I enjoy hiking and all things outdoors.”

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Marin Bible Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca., and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 30 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship of resources, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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