This is a response to a prompt from http://www.faithfulbloggers.com/ which asked “If you had to recommend only one book of the Bible for a person to read, which book would you recommend and why?”
Well simply put it depends on the person. I would recommend one book such as the Gospel according to Luke for a non-Christian or someone who is still in the initial stages of exploring the Christian faith.
Now if I had to recommend only one book of the Bible for a Christian, I believe I would recommend the Acts of the Apostles. I know that might be surprising, after all, the gospels are amazing accounts of the life of Jesus our Lord and savior and the letters of Paul are quite instructive. So why the Acts of the Apostles?
Know your roots!
The reason is simple. As with any discipline it is important for us to know our roots or in this case the roots of the Christian faith and Church. To me it is clear that our lack of knowledge, specifically knowledge of Christian history, is the biggest problem we face as Christians especially in the west. The first way to tackle this problem is to carefully study the beginning of the Christian Church as highlighted in the Acts of the Apostles.
How should we worship Jesus Christ? When should we worship Him? How should we pray? What should we do when we gather together as Church? How do we receive the Holy Spirit? Who do we trust to lead us? Every single one of these questions is answered at least partially by a thorough reading of the book of Acts.
Here is one example “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
From this simple verse we learn many things about the early Christians.
1) The source of authority within the Christian community was “the Apostles doctrine”.
2) It was important to be in fellowship with the Apostles if one was to be recognized as a Christian.
3) Christians came together primarily for “the breaking of bread” and for prayers.
Are we following the Apostles doctrine and staying in fellowship with them? Do we come together primarily to “break the bread” and pray? These are the types of questions that we should be asking when we read the Acts of the Apostles. These are the types of questions that destroy churches and Christians when they are left unanswered. These are the questions that shed light and shower us with blessings when they are pursued faithfully!
Feel free to ask questions or comment below!