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Acts - eBook  -     By: Esther Chung-Kim
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The Reformation was a call to return with renewed vigor to the biblical roots of Christian faith and practice. Still, for the Reformers, the truth of the Bible could never be separated from the true community of God's people gathered by his Word. In the book of Acts, they found God's blueprint for how the church should participate with the Holy Spirit in accomplishing his purposes in the world.

In the latest Reformation Commentary on Scripture, we watch as the diverse streams of the Protestant movement converge on the book of Acts. As we return with the Reformers to this vision of Spirit-filled community, we are given a lesson in the nature of biblical reform from those who bore it out for the first time.

Authors Esther Chung-Kim and Todd R. Hains present a vivid portrait of the Reformers' views on the contemporary church's faithfulness to its God-given identity and calling. The Reformers approached the narrative account of the early church in the book of Acts from diverse viewpoints. Commentators like John Calvin and the Swiss Reformed Heinrich Bullinger elaborated on the theological implications of the text with a great deal of historical detail. Others like reform-minded Catholic Johann Eck evoked episodes in Acts in response to pressing concerns of the day. Sermons upheld notable characters in Acts such as Peter, Stephen, Paul, Lydia and Apollos as examples of robust faith and of life in Christian community. Anabaptists in their apologetic works focused heavily on the necessity of believer's baptism. The commentators' interactions range from irate disagreement to irenic concord, but all exhort their readers not to dissolve "the holy knot" of the plain history of Christ's works and their lasting fruits. For them, Acts is certainly history, but it cannot be mere history.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN-13: 9780830895687
Series: Reformation Commentary on Scripture

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  • Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (New Testament Commentaries)
The Reformation was a call to return with renewed vigor to the biblical roots of Christian faith and practice. Still, for the Reformers, the truth of the Bible could never be separated from the true community of God's people gathered by his Word. In the book of Acts, they found God's blueprint for how the church should participate with the Holy Spirit in accomplishing his purposes in the world. In the latest Reformation Commentary on Scripture, we watch as the diverse streams of the Protestant movement converge on the book of Acts. As we return with the Reformers to this vision of Spirit-filled community, we are given a lesson in the nature of biblical reform from those who bore it out for the first time. Authors Esther Chung-Kim and Todd R. Hains present a vivid portrait of the Reformers’ views on the contemporary church’s faithfulness to its God-given identity and calling. The Reformers approached the narrative account of the early church in the book of Acts from diverse viewpoints. Commentators like John Calvin and the Swiss Reformed Heinrich Bullinger elaborated on the theological implications of the text with a great deal of historical detail. Others like reform-minded Catholic Johann Eck evoked episodes in Acts in response to pressing concerns of the day. Sermons upheld notable characters in Acts such as Peter, Stephen, Paul, Lydia and Apollos as examples of robust faith and of life in Christian community. Anabaptists in their apologetic works focused heavily on the necessity of believer's baptism. The commentators' interactions range from irate disagreement to irenic concord, but all exhort their readers not to dissolve "the holy knot" of the plain history of Christ's works and their lasting fruits. For them, Acts is certainly history, but it cannot be mere history.

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Esther Chung-Kim (Ph.D., Duke U.) is assistant professor of religious studies at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California. She is the author of . Todd R. Hains is an academic editor for Lexham Press and a PhD candidate in historical theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He previously served as assistant project editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture.

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"This book is a thoughtful product of quality scholarship, and this is reflected in every page of the book. In its effort to discover and combine in one place how various reformers understood the book of Acts, this book truly bridges the gap between 'us' and 'them', and between 'us' and the first generation of Christians."

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  1. The Geeky Calvinist
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    A Wonderful and Insightful Look Into the Reformers
    May 19, 2017
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    For as long as scripture has been in existence there have been people trying to interpret God's holy, inspired, and inerrant word. Many years later during the Middle Ages the exegesis of Holy Scripture became last, yet when the Protestant Reformation begin it brought about a excellent exit like that of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cromwell comma and many others. To read all of the works of these excellent expositors have previously necessitated you to purchase thousands of dollars in commentary and Treatise works, just to get they're theological interpretation of a few specific passages. Furthermore some of these works are not only expensive but hard to find. Thankfully this is no longer the case.

    Recently IVP academic has published a new series of commentaries called the Reformation commentary on scripture. This Commentary series edited by Timothy George combines a variety of reformation era commentaries concentrated around a specific book of the Holy Scripture. This excellently produced commentary on the Acts of the Apostles sees how George has again outdone himself. With this volume he has Enlisted the aid Esther Chung-Kim and Todd R. Hainsof, to edit this specific commentary. And they did a fantastic job. It is a wonderful compilation others asked their best and most notable theological insights into the Acts of the Apostles.

    While most commentaries use a verse by verse approach to scripture this commentary engages The Acts of the Apostles on a section-by-section basis. This book is not a quick read, nor is it additional devotional commentary, yet it could be used as one if desired. The primary audience of this commentary is pastors and Scholars for they are citing the original sources other than republish copies the reformers works. Furthermore it needs to be mentioned that Pastor can use most of these quotes from the reformers in a variety of ways and they're preaching and teaching.

    Lastly as with most reformers application was on the forefront of their minds when exegeting scripture and it shows in commentary. These pastor-scholars make application the greatest asset in this commentary. I highly recommend this work the pastors and Scholars like whether you are preaching to the the apostles or whether you are studying a specific passenger topic or even getting deeper personal understanding into this book of the Gospel you will be blessed by the reading of it.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    Acts: Reformation Commentary on Scripture

    2014 Edited by Esther Chung-Kim and Todd R. Hainsof

    Publisher: IVP Academic

    Page Count: 430 Pages

    ISBN: 978-0830829699
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