Acts, A Study in New Testament Christianity

John Heading, Aberystwyth

Category: Book Review

(652 pages). U.K. sales only, £2 from the author (address on front page). Overseas sales, $6.95 from Walterick Publishers, P.O. Box 2216, Kansas City, U.S.A., or their overseas distributors.

The author of "Acts, A Study in New Testament Christi­anity" is aware that "there are many commentaries, expositions and theological works on the Book of the Acts". Why yet another? In the reading of this study there is nothing which gives the impression that any feature of the book makes it superfluous. It is obviously written out of a deep personal exercise to make very clear that the "subject matter of the Book of the Acts is just as relevant today as in the days of the apostles" (Preface). It is good to sense the clear sincerity of everything that is written in this connection. Perhaps there are three outstanding features which commend the book as its contents are reviewed.

1.    The uncompromising attitude to New Testament Church teaching in the light of present day confusion over such truth. This is so in regard to Baptism and the Lord's Supper, Elders and their appointment and also in matters relating to Church unity. To Christians seeking guidance on these and other matters there is much that is spiritually helpful.

2.    The link between individual experience and Assembly development and responsibility is stressed throughout the book. Book 2 p. 131 especially is relevant, "The Book of the Acts maintains a perfect balance - individual experiences and Assembly development are alike treated". In the light of so many unbalanced relationships in Assembly life, this idea has much to say that is vital for today.

3.    That which is marked by simplicity and spirituality is emphasized throughout the book. In the face of so much that is complicated in so-called Church life today, it is good to be reminded of the atmosphere of the early Church in this way. The author, as he ends the book, is sure that "the reality of spiritual simplicity can still be enjoyed today as believers wait for their Lord from heaven".

The structure of the book makes for quite easy reading. Although a paper-back, the print is clear and readable. The many references both to Old Testament and later New Testa­ment Scripture give the book great value as an aid to Bible Study. We commend this book to God Himself for the blessing of His people.

The author has pointed out an important printing error; "cannot" should read "can" on line 15 of page 51s this alters the sense completely. A. T. s.

There are 10 articles in
ISSUE (1975, Volume 26 Issue 2)

Acts, A Study in New Testament Christianity

Titus 3: The Christian and the State


Gospel Work and other Assembly Activities


The Lord’s Supper

‘Not I, but . . . ’

The Passover

‘Praying In the Holy Ghost’

A Spiritual Hoouse (com.), 1 Peter 2. 4-7

This article is not part of a series

There are 66 articles by this author

The Merchants and the Children

The King and the Multitudes

Fruitfulness and Repentance

Communicating Spiritual Things by Spiritual Means

Service with Tears

Acts, A Study in New Testament Christianity

Divine Assessment and Witness

Epaphras, a Faithful Minister of Christ

Paul’s Charge to Timothy, The First Epistle to Timothy

Prophecy and the Present Age

Groupings Amongst Men

The Rapture and Subsequent Events

Summary of Daniel and Revelation

The Four Kingdom Amongst Men

Apostasy and Its End

How I was called to Salvation and Service - Introduction

Divine Involvement in Assembly Service

Types and Shadows in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Understanding 1 & 2 Chronicles - The House of God and its Service

Do You Pray for the Lord’s Servants?

Greater Than

Conversion, Baptism and Service

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly

Luke’s Life of Christ

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly (Part 2)

Prayer, Power, Plenitude, 1. 15 to 2. 10

Position, Privilege, Peace, 2. 11-22

Prisoner, Promise, Preaching, Prayer, Eph. 3. 1-21

Practical: Prophets, Pastors, Perfecting, 4. 1-16

Practical Conduct - Part 1: 4. 17-32

Practical Conduct - Part 2: 5. 1-20

Personal Relationships in the Family, 5. 21 to 6. 9

Power, Protection, Prayer, 6. 10-24

Parents and Children

Daily Bible Readings

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 1)

What the Bible Teaches Vol. 6 John

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 2)

The Maturity of Writer and Readers

Giving and Keeping

Purpose, Predestination, Pleasure, Praise, 1. 1-14


As Unknown and yet Well Known

The Beauty of the Assembly

The Holy Assembly


Zion (2)

Are You a Trustee?

The Lord's Titles


The Mount of Transfiguration

Genealogy of the Priests

Both Small and Great

Book Reviews

The Unity of the Godhead

Book Reviews


Book Review

Letters of Commendation - Additional Notes

How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles

Twenty-One Years Ago

They Continued Steadfastly

Book Review

Matthew 21 - The Context of the Chapter

The Vineyard and the Stone

Parable of the Wedding Feast - Matthew 22. 1-14