The book of Acts is unlike other books, because it is not simply a theological writing or a narrative. This combination means the interpreter must identify all of the parts of this different genre. Throughout the book of Acts is seems clear there are three aspects of this genre: theology, history, and narrative for enjoyment. This creates a different dynamic for the interpreter; because each of these parts of the genre are meant to be interpreted in a different manor. With the different types of genre at work in the book of Acts it is important to answer these two questions, “What is the central message of each episode? What is Luke telling his readers by the way he puts the individual stories and speeches together to form a larger narrative?” In doing this the interpreter is able to utilize techniques for interpreting all of the parts that make up a theological historical book.
The five things to look for when answering these questions are: identify what Luke was telling the readers he wrote too, find the examples of characters in the story both positive and negative, study each passage with regard to the overall story and theology, find ways to connect each session of Acts to clarify their meaning, and identify any patterns or themes that repeat throughout Acts.
I believe Acts should be used for doctrinal purposes. Similarly to the Gospels, the mixture of historical narrative and theology gives Acts a vital place in assisting to make doctrine. The theological messages of Acts are often shown through the characters. One example is when Peter was given a vision with unclean animals and instructed to eat. Then he was called to a gentile’s house. He understood God was leading him to move past the Jewish tradition of holiness and that the Gospel message was for Gentiles also (Acts 10:9-29). In this passage, there is a theological message given to Peter, and the reader, then Peter explains the theological message through a dialogue in the narrative. This is one of many examples for the church to learn from. Using theology through narrative can help the church better understand how to practice it.
 J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays, Grasping God’s Word Workbook (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014) 292.
 Ibid (293).
 Ibid (294).
 William W Klein, Craig L Blomberg and Robert L Hubbard, Introduction To Biblical Interpretation, 3rd ed. (Zondervan, 2017) 532.
 J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays, Grasping God’s Word Workbook (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014) 299.
 Ibid (303).