Witnesses of the Messiah (Kingdom Studies)

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Stephen Pimentel brings Luke's vision of the early Church to life, showing how God's actions in salvation history find their fulfillment in the Body of Christ.

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The original inspiration for this book arose from my personal experience in leading Bible studies. In effect, I've tried to package up a detailed Bible study on Acts 1-15 in book form, in a way that's accessible to readers who may not have previous experience with Scripture study. For example, I've included detailed questions at the end of each chapter for individual study or group discussion.

Witnesses of the Messiah covers the first fifteen chapters of Acts. This portion of the New Testament describes the formation of the early Church, including Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit directly acted to establish the Church; the appointment of the first deacons; and, most centrally, the role of Peter in leading the Church, from his first sermon at Pentecost to his role at the Council of Jerusalem. There's a tremendous amount of material in these chapters that's fundamental to the Catholic understanding of the Church.

I've particularly emphasized the Old Testament background of the Acts of the Apostles. Many of Luke's reference and much of his language cannot be understood apart from the Old Testament background. One important example is the Davidic covenant, which God made with David through the prophet Nathan in 2 Samuel 7. Luke consistently presents the Church as the fulfillment of this covenant.

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Stephen Pimentel is a writer and speaker on Catholic apologetics and Scripture. He has written a series of articles on the Acts of Apostles for the magazine Lay Witness. He is pursuing graduate studies in theology at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. His current projects include the development of a series of Catholic Bible study materials. Witnesses of the Messiah is his first book.

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