I was talking to my sons last night about creation. The oldest asked me if I believed in aliens and ufo’s, ” to which I replied I do, as the scriptures say that God created the heavens and the earth and in reality are to do with our life here on earth. Another time I was talking to a friend who was stuck in the Old Testament and hadn’t yet started reading the New Testament. Yet in another conversation with a new convert, I was informed they were encouraged to start reading the Bible from the book of Romans.
1) Luke who wrote these two books was a gentile doctor and a careful historian. He wrote them as a letter to his nephew to explain the Christian faith and the practical outworking of the Christian faith. The book of Luke carefully investigates the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ. His second book shows the outworking of the early church in response to the truth of Christ.
2.) Getting grounded in both of these books will help prevent easy believerism , for Christianity is more then just believing a set of facts – its all about an encounter with the living God, and responding to his love in our personal and communal living.
3.) These two books will give us the setting of the early church. It will help us understand the nuances and settings of the Epistles and often will show us clues just why and what it is the author is writing what it is they are writing.