The first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) cover the life of Jesus, from 4 B.C. to 33 A.D.
Many wonder what happened after that time period. Did the disciples carry out the Great Commandment? How did we get from Jesus' ascension to churches sprouting up all over Europe and the Middle East? There are theories, rumors, and guesses, but skeptics were looking for a verifiable record of the next couple of decades.
The book of Acts records the "acts" of the disciples during those next few years. This book was written by an ancient historian and doctor named Luke. (Luke has been praised by modern historians for his precise research and accurate firsthand accounts. Acts served as Luke‟s follow up to the biography of Jesus he also wrote. Acts was written to Theophilus, a man with questions and doubts, who wanted to sort through all the facts before believing. Theophilus was a man exploring questions of faith, and Luke provides him evidence and proof for consideration.
Jesus went up; Spirit came down; Church went out»