George Wieland: “Acts: Participating in God’s unfolding mission”
In Luke’s gospel, Jesus, anointed by the Spirit, announces and demonstrates the arrival of the long-awaited kingdom of God. A group of followers gathers around him. They begin to comprehend who he is and to learn a new way of living, relating and serving together under his leadership. In Luke’s second volume, the book of Acts, those followers, empowered by the same Spirit, witness to the world that their risen, exalted Lord calls all to acknowledge him, trust in him and enter into the reality of shared life under his rule.