Acts of the Apostles

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Luke, the author of Acts, describes the first six decades of Christianity. He starts with the Gospel of Luke where he maps events from the year before Jesus was born through to his ascension three decades later. In the Acts of the Apostles he carries on the narrative without any interruption. He traces the development of Christianity through to the mid 60’s AD. He gives a succinct description of how the Gospel was taken to Jews who lived outside Palestine and to non Jews who lived in different parts of the Roman Empire. From Acts it is possible to build portraits of people who played roles in taking the gospel far and wide. They include the Apostle Paul and less well known people such as Aquilla and Pricilla. The book brings to life the world in which the gospel flourished. It explains how churches were founded in such places as Ephesus and Corinth. This history of the development of Christianity makes it possible to better understand the letters of the Apostle Paul.

Acts describes how the gospel message of Matthew, Mark Luke and John travelled from Jerusalem to Rome in some 30 years. In just four decades Christianity grew to become a significant feature of Mediterranean world. Some people lived through the period covered by the gospels and Acts and were part of the growth. The twelve disciples were in from the start and many lived beyond the end of Acts. The seminars starts by looking at the world through the disciple’s eyes to bring the gospels and Acts together  as a continuous whole. That is the way that Luke, the author of Acts, presented his gospel and this book. The disciples were on a journey that  changed them and their lives. The most radical change happened in the seven weeks between the feasts of Passover and Pentecost Jesus died on Passover eve - Christianity launched at Pentecost. In this short period the disciples covered no geographical miles, but the journey in their minds was off the Richter scale. The book of Acts charts how the lives of a countless number of people were changed in the same way with churches established from Jerusalem to Rome.

Collected Seminar Notes September 2001 (*.doc)
Acts of Apostles Introduction.doc‎(42KB)‎
Acts of Apostles chapters 1 - 7.doc‎(100KB)‎
Acts of Apostles Chapters 8 - 12.doc‎(131KB)‎
Acts of Apostles Chapters 13 - 18.doc‎(227KB)‎
Acts of Apostles Chapters 19 - 28.doc‎(182KB)‎

Collected Seminar Notes September 2011 (*.doc)
Acts 1V2.doc  (48.5 kb)
Acts 2V2.doc 73.5 kb
Acts 3V2.doc 33 kb
Acts 4V2.doc 33.5 kb
Acts 5V2.doc 37kb

Acts 6V2.doc 33.5 kb
Acts 7V2.doc
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Acts 8V2.doc
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Acts 9V2.doc 39 kb
Acts 10V2.doc 45 kb

Acts 11V2.doc 33.5kb
Acts 12V2.doc 33kb
Acts 13V2.doc 38kb
Acts 14V2.doc 38.5kb
Acts 15V2.doc 43kb
Acts 16V2.doc 47kb
Acts 17V2.doc 42.5kb
Acts 18V2.doc 47 kb
Acts 19V2.doc 42 kb
Acts 20V2.doc 39 kb
Acts21V2.doc 48.5 kb
Acts 22V2.doc 30 kb
Acts 23V2.doc 36 kb
Acts 24V2.doc 41 kb
Acts 25V2.doc 33.5 kb
Acts 26V2.doc 45.5 kb
Acts 27V2.doc 68 kb
Acts 28V2.doc 41.5 kb
Acts Conclusion.doc 45.5 kb
Outline of Acts (including fates of the Apostles) (*doc) (*.pdf)

Collected Seminar Notes September 2016 (*.doc)
Acts Intro.docx 67.1 kb