Today’s church suffers a crisis of confidence as a result of pluralism, globalism, and postmodernity. Seasoned New Testament scholar Graham Twelftree’s historical exploration of Luke’s view of the church contributes to the current conversation about what the church is and should do. Twelftree draws together various strands in Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles to show Luke’s profound influence on the church and explain Luke’s thought regarding the church’s origin, nature, purpose, and mission. A final chapter proposes Lukan conclusions to such debated questions as the relationship between church and salvation; the relationship between the Spirit, water baptism, and glossolalia in Christian initiation; the question of infant baptism; the character of worship; the interplay of Scripture and experience; church structure and leadership; and the nature of Christian mission.
People of the Spirit: Exploring Luke’s View of the Church
“A fresh and refreshing look at Luke’s understanding of the church, particularly as informed by the Acts of the Apostles. The reading is challenging and often controversial but is probably closer to what Luke himself intended than most others. The book should certainly promote some lively discussion as to the present-day churches’ praxis, priorities, and structures of authority.”–James D. G. Dunn, emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham
“I know of no treatment of Luke’s view of the church more thorough and excellent than Graham Twelftree’s. Here is perceptive historical and theological analysis that is exegetically based and logically compelling. Twelftree’s book yields important, fresh, and abundant practical insights for Spirit-gifted people who desire to fulfill the church’s goal of continuing the mission of Jesus.”–Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
Graham H. Twelftree (PhD, University of Nottingham) is the Charles L. Holman Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and the director of the PhD program in the School of Divinity at Regent University, Virginia. In addition to many scholarly articles and reviews, he is the author of a number of books, including In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians and People of the Spirit: Exploring Luke's View of the Church.