Yesterday in the Sunday sermon I suggested that a possible understanding of the New Testament book of Acts was to see it as a call to convert–to change from your way of living to something new–living for Jesus.  In this context, conversion is not a dirty or bad word.  It is the goal of evangelism; and it is natural.   People convert all the time–from single to married, from childless to parent, from young to old, from sad to happy.  Spiritually, converting ourselves to become Christ-followers is a good thing which we want others to experience.

As a part of my premise, I said that I counted 22 different conversion stories in the text.  We learned about 6 of them yesterday, but here I post them all.

  1. Pentecost–Acts 2
  2. Many believed–Acts 4
  3. Multitudes beleived–Acts 5:14
  4. The Choosing of the 7, which Led to believing Priests–Acts 6
  5. Philip in Samaria–Acts 8:1-8
  6. Simon the Magician–Acts 8
  7. The Ethiopian Eunuch–Acts 8
  8. Paul’s Conversion–Acts 9
  9. Cornelius and the Gentile Mission–Acts 10
  10. Antioch Church–Acts 11:19-30
  11. Pisidia Antioch–Acts 13
  12. Lystra–Acts 14:21
  13. Lydia–Acts 16
  14. Philippian Jailor–Acts 16
  15. Berea–Acts 17
  16. Athens–Acts 17
  17. Crispus and Corinth–Acts 18
  18. Apollos Conversion–Acts 18:24-28
  19. Ephesian Elders and the Holy Spirit–Acts 19
  20. Scevva and Ephesus–Acts 19
  21. Acts 26–Paul telling of his Conversion
  22. Acts 28–Paul boldly evangelizing in Rome

This is my brief list.  Others might include other accounts as conversion narratives (for example, the Macedonian Call of Acts 16), and still others might like to argue my categorization of some of these as conversion stories.  That is fine.  However, I think the premise remains:  A big part of Luke’s writing in Acts is about people individually choosing to reorient their life around Christ; to be converted.

Next Sunday I address the manifold sermons in the book of Acts.

 

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  1. “People convert all the time–from single to married, from childless to parent, from young to old, from sad to happy.”

    And let us not forget fractions to decimals, Celsius to Fahrenheit, liters to quarts, inches to centimeters . . . It’s a wonder we don’t stay confused. 😉

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