The story of the spread of the gospel is told in the book of Acts and the New Testament epistles. This course will give the student the opportunity to read the entire book of Acts and most of the epistles in the New Testament. We will pay close attention to the history contained in those books and take our time to examine the writings of the apostles which reinforce the teachings of Jesus. Your faith will be richly nourished by this course.
The objectives of this course are to help students:
To become familiar with the historical context, authorship, and purpose of 20 New Testament epistles.
To understand the organization, mission and growth of the early Christian church under the power of the Holy Spirit.
To read through the book of Acts, and most New Testament epistles
To explore some special topics suggested by the readings in Acts and the epistles.
To prepare students to share the Gospel which is proclaimed in these Biblical writings.
In each class the instructor will present introductory and background material on the epistles and the history covered in the book of Acts. Students will take turns presenting a section of the homework questions to the rest of the class. Each class will end with the assignment of homework for the next class.