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The Mission of the Triune God: A Theology of Acts

By Patrick Schreiner, Series edited by Thomas R. Schreiner, Brian S. Rosner

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The Mission of the Triune God: A Theology of Acts

By Patrick Schreiner, Series edited by Thomas R. Schreiner, Brian S. Rosner

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Understanding Luke’s Narrative in the Book of Acts

The book of Acts is unlike any other in Scripture; it has no rival in terms of a book spanning so many different lands. Written by a Gentile, it recounts the birth of the church age and the lives of early Christians that serve as lasting examples for the church today. When believers see how these events worked together to fulfill God’s promises, they gain a better understanding of the Trinitarian heart of Acts.

In The Mission of the Triune God, author Patrick Schreiner argues that Luke’s theology stems from the order of his narrative. He shows how the major themes in Acts, including the formation of the church, salvation offered to all flesh, and the prolific spread of the gospel, connect. Through Schreiner’s clear presentation and helpful graphics, readers follow the early church as it grows “all under the plan of God, centered on King Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit.”

  • Covers Main Theological Themes: A great companion to commentaries on Acts
  • Studies the Birth of the Church Age: Schreiner examines the lives of early Christians after Jesus’s ascension
  • Informative and Accessible: Tables and graphics help readers visualize key theological themes
  • Part of the New Testament Theology series

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Patrick Schreiner

Patrick Schreiner (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament and biblical theology and endowed chair at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross; Matthew, Disciple and Scribe; The Ascension of Christ; and The Visual Word.

Product Details

Category: Commentaries & Reference
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 192
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.24 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7411-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7411-5
ISBN-UPC: 9781433574115
Case Quantity: 56
Published: January 04, 2022

Table of Contents

Series Preface
Introduction: Acts as a Renewal Document

Chapter 1: God the Father Orchestrates
Chapter 2: Christ Lives and Rules
Chapter 3: The Spirit Empowers
Chapter 4: The Word Multiplies
Chapter 5: Salvation Spreads to All Flesh
Chapter 6: The Church Is Established
Chapter 7: Witness to the Ends of the Earth

Conclusion: Renewal through Retrieval
Recommended Resources
General Index
Scripture Index


“Given the size and complexity of the book of Acts, scholars have proposed various candidates for the main theological themes and offered analysis for how they all fit together. In this engaging work, Patrick Schreiner shows that the idea of God as Trinity is foundational to the entire book of Acts and that Luke’s other emphases develop and cohere in light of this central truth. This study would be an excellent resource for anyone wishing to delve more deeply into the message and intention of Acts.”
David Peterson, Emeritus Faculty Member, Moore College; author, The Acts of the Apostles

“Patrick Schreiner offers here a valuable and beautifully wrapped gift to every serious reader of the book of Acts. Not only does Schreiner discuss each major theological theme of Acts in depth, which is itself a significant contribution, but he is careful to show how Luke integrates these various themes into an overarching, powerful, and rich theological message that resonates with the church in every age as it desperately seeks renewal. Schreiner’s lively writing style makes this book a joy to read, his many graphs and images render the work easily understandable, and his allusions to contemporary popular culture reinforce his underlying conviction that the message of Acts is every bit as relevant today as when it first burst onto the scene.”
David R. Bauer, Ralph Waldo Beeson Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies; Dean, School of Biblical Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

“Patrick Schreiner has given us a solid look at the theology of one of the most underappreciated books of the New Testament: the book of Acts. He shows clearly how Luke’s look at history and the promise that is at the heart of the early church is not about the acts of the apostles but about the unfolding acts of God that are still at work in our world. This work will develop your appreciation for what God has done and is doing, and who we are called to be as members of his church.”
Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, The Hendricks Center, Dallas Theological Seminary