Acts by Guy WatersOne of the most fascinating historical books in the Bible is Acts. If you want a fast paced historical walk through the first century church then Acts is the place to go. Written by the detailed author Luke, Acts gives us a look at the birth of the church at Pentecost, the vast ministry of Paul and his missionary journeys, the ups and downs of the growth of the church, and the clear work of the Holy Spirit as He drives the gospel along into the hearts of those who hear it.

While there is no shortage of commentaries on the book of Acts, not all of them are worth while to have. One such worth while commentary is the new Evangelical Press Study Commentary Acts by Guy Prentiss Waters (2015).

Having skimmed through most of the book and read through several sections thoroughly, Waters has done a good job of steering the reader through the text in a faithful manner. He interacts with the Greek text, emphasizes the rich historical details of the text, and in some cases makes you wonder what else a more thorough commentary would add.

At just over 600 pages long, Waters has managed to produce a commentary that is textually grounded, historically focused, theologically rich, and with an eye to practical application. Waters book is not exhaustive such that it tracks down every single historical detail but enough is touched on as to satisfy the reader and not feel like you missed a lot. The book is very readable and focuses on clarity versus nitty gritty detail. Waters writes from a Reformed perspective and as such all theological interpretations and practical applications are guided by those commitments.

I recommend Acts by Guy Waters for any serious student of the Bible whether it be a college course, sermon prep, or Christians wanting to gain a better understanding of the book.

I received this book for free from Evangelical Press through Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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