The Acts of the Apostles
Written by the same author as the Gospel of Luke, the Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of the story of Jesus’ followers. Luke, traditionally identified as a physician and Paul’s traveling companion, makes his reason for writing these volumes quite clear. In the opening verses of both Luke and Acts, the writer states that his objective is to write “about all that Jesus did and taught”.
Acts begins by describing the events, confusion, and challenges followers of Jesus experienced immediately following his death. The experience of the arrival of the Holy Spirit in the midst of these folks is remembered in the Christian church as Pentecost. Peter clearly stands up in the role of leader and explains how the prophet, Joe, predicted Pentecost. He continues his ministry, preaching and performing miracles.
Saul (Paul) and his conversion are described as the story continues. It becomes very clear that Jesus’ message is meant for both the Israelites and the gentiles. The work done by these first followers of Jesus resulted in the spread of Jesus’ teachings through the world and through the centuries. Understanding these roots helps us today to connect to our own understanding of this message.
Introduction to the Course
Week 1: Acts 1-4: The Church Begins in Jerusalem
Week 2: Acts 5-8: Deepening Community; Growing Mission
Week 3: Acts 9-12: Gentiles Join the Movement
Week 4: Acts 13-15: Holding the Church Together
Week 5: Acts 16-17: “Apologetic” Ministry
Week 6: Acts 18-20: Co-operative Ministry
Week 7: Acts 21-23: The Defense of the Gospel
Week 8: Acts 24-28: The Gospel, the Romans, the Jews