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Keswick '18 - David Cook 2: Firsts

Acts 2-4. From the series 'Being Sent with a Powerful Word'. The late Professor of Classics at Auckland University, E.M. Blaiklock, summed the book of Acts up like this, 'To press outward from the fringe is always sound policy, provided it is done with vigour and devotion'. This is Luke's second volume, in the first, his gospel, he singlemindedly follows the Lord Jesus from Bethlehem to Jerusalem. In Acts he is equally unrelenting in that he records the progress of God's gospel from Jerusalem out to the ends of the earth, namely Rome. The unstoppable nature of God's word is stressed, in Luke's use of the last word in Acts, it is an adverb, relating to the preaching of the gospel, the word is 'unhinderedly'. Messengers come and go, then and today, but we equally carry God's powerful gospel to a world which evidences each day its greater need of rescue.


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The Keswick Convention is a world-famous, annual gathering of Christian believers from around the UK. Keswick Ministries is committed to the spiritual renewal of God’s people for his mission in the world. There are three fundamental convictions which shape all they do: hearing God's Word, becoming like God's Son and serving God's mission. For more information please visit

David Cook is currently a lecturer in preaching at Presbyterian Theological College, Victoria and a part-time lecturer in preaching at SMBC. He has been training preachers in the UK and Malaysia on behalf of the Expository Preaching Trust, of which he has been the director since 2012. He is a graduate of SMBC and Moore College and has served as a Presbyterian minister in both country NSW and the inner western suburbs of Sydney. David is married to Maxine and has five adult children (four married) and eight grandchildren. His interests include family, cricket, rugby (union and league) and coffee. For more information please visit

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