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If we find a theme given special attention in Acts, then we may be able to find a pattern emerging that can give us normative principles. For this reason we will sometimes go into greater depth in the “Bridging Contexts” sections in order to establish the normativeness of a principle. We will refer to other incidents and statements in Acts, and perhaps elsewhere in Scripture, to substantiate that normativeness. Acts as a Radical Challenge to Today’s Church CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANS WHO read Acts with an open mind will find themselves challenged with pointed applications by what happened in the early church.
Paul specifically asked the readers of his letters to follow his example (1 Cor. 4:6; 11:1; Phil. 3:17). For example, “Take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you” (Phil. 3:17). Acts is the place from which to receive that pattern. We believe that through the lives and ministries of the apostles, God acted in ways that reveal his will and his ways to humanity. We must, of course, be cautious about how we use this principle. We must carefully distinguish principles that are normative and those that are specific to certain situations and therefore not applicable to all situations.
In an age when many churches spend so much time, money, and energy on self-preservation and improvement, Acts presents churches that released their most capable people for reaching the lost. In an age where many churches look to excellence in techniques to bring success, Acts presents a church that depended on the Holy Spirit and gave top priority to prayer and moral purity. In an age when many avenues are available to avoid suffering and therefore many Christians have left out suffering from their understanding of the Christian life, Acts presents a church that took on suffering for the cause of Christ and considered it a basic ingredient of discipleship.