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Acts: The Church Afire - Preaching the Word (Hughes)

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How did Christianity become one of the most important religions in world history? To answer this question, we must begin with the book of Acts, which chronicles the tumultuous days of the early Church and the spread of Christianity in the years following Jesus’ death and resurrection.

In this insightful volume, Pastor Hughes leads readers to rediscover the history of the New Testament Church, examining key events in Acts such as the bold preaching of Christ’s early followers, the dramatic persecution of Christians, and the perilous missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul.

This encouraging commentary on a central book in the New Testament will challenge you to walk with Christ and serve him more effectively through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Table of Contents: 

  1. ‘You will be my witnesses’ (1:1-11)
  2. Expectant prayer (1:12-26)
  3. Pentecost (2:1-13)
  4. Peter’s Greatest Sermon (2:14-37)
  5. The church where the spirit reigned (2:38-47)
  6. When life is jumping (3:1-26)
  7. The bliss of persecution (4:1-22)
  8. When the church is great (4:32-37)
  9. Keeping things on the up-and-up (5:1-16)
  10. The liberty of God’s children (5:17-42)
  11. Maintaining the ministry (6:1-7)
  12. Standing tall (6:8-7:60)
  13. God’s way (8:1-25)
  14. Philip: The touch of God (8:26-40)
  15. Saul: the hunter hunted (9:1-18)
  16. Saul’s preparation for ministry (9:19-30)
  17. Peter’s preparation for greater ministry (9:32-10:23)
  18. Opening the church’s arms (10:23-11:18)
  19. The first Christians (11:19-30)
  20. Getting acquainted with our power (12:1-24)
  21. Realities of the church militant (13:1-13)
  22. Sticking to the task, regardless (14:1-28)
  23. Grace alone (15:1-35)
  24. God’s guidance (15:36-16:10)
  25. Beachhead in Europe (16:11-40)
  26. God’s nobles (17:1-15)
  27. Paul versus Athens (17:16-34)
  28. Rejuvenating God’s Servants (18:1-17)
  29. The Missing Ingredient (18:22-19:7)
  30. Assaulting the Castle Dark (19:8-20)
  31. When the Leaves Fall Away (19:21-41)
  32. Falling Asleep in Church (20:1-16)
  33. Paul’s approach to ministry (20:17-38)
  34. Man’s word or God’s word? (21:1-16)
  35. A dangerous heart (21:17-40)
  36. Encouraged in the night (22:30-23:24)
  37. On giving and receiving God’s Word (24:1-27)
  38. The Accused (25:1-12)
  39. Blessed Madness (26:1-32)
  40. Anchors in the storm (27:1-44)
  41. Building an indomitable spirit (28:1-30)
  42. The Twenty-Ninth Chapter of Acts 



R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, includingDisciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.