Here we go with the definitions again :)…
funnel – A conical utensil with a small hole or narrow tube at the apex used to channel the flow of a substance into a container.
The book of Acts, as J. Vernon McGee points out, is like a funnel. Prior to Acts, we see the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. All four of these books end with a significant aspect of Christianity which, together, flow into the funnel of Acts where we see God’s plan for the church.
The last recorded fact in Matthew is the Resurrection. Mark ends with the Ascension. Luke closes with the promise of the Holy Spirit, and John proclaims the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Like the above definition, the book of Acts serves as the funnel used to channel the flow of these four events into one container, the church. It is in Acts when the church receives birth, then direction and life instruction from our Lord. The container –the vessel used to reach the lost, lies within the church, God’s people.
It’s like getting bits and pieces of information, and then deciding what to do with them. We’ve been given the gifts of the Resurrection, Ascension, Holy Spirit, and Promise of Christ’s return. What are we going to do with them? Or better yet….what does God want us to do?
The answer is found in Acts 1:8:
“…you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We are instructed to be a witness, just as the original apostles were, of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is undoubtedly the purpose of the church as found in the book of Acts.
It is my overall understanding that the book of Acts was written by Luke, the physician, although I did read one opinion that said it wasn’t conclusively Luke.
I have also read that Luke wasn’t an actual witness to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, but must have extensively compiled research and evidence of the things he wrote about in the book of Luke and Acts.
What do you think? Was Luke the author? Also, what does being an apostle mean? Is an “apostle” the same as a “disciple”?