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The Book OF Acts

In at least 1500 words, at least 150 words per prompt, complete the \”The Book of Acts\” document explaining major themes in the book of Acts, such as the nature of the church and the significance of the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. Explore the contribution that Luke’s second-volume work made to the church’s adjustment in the world as it moved away from her Jewish roots into the Roman Empire.

Support your position by referencing at least three academic resources (preferably from the GCU Library and the textbook) in addition to the Bible. Incorporate the research into your writing in an appropriate, scholarly manner.

While Turabian format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using Turabian formatting guidelines, which can be found in the Turabian Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

1.Explore the significance of the pouring out of the Spirit at Pentecost in Acts 2. Using Joel 2:28-32 (which Peter quotes in Acts 2:17-21), explain the meaning of the coming of the Spirit. What was new and different from the era of the Old Testament?

2.Analyze briefly Acts 2:42-47, and explore the implications for our concept of a healthy church.

3.Explain why the issue of circumcision was so important at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. What did circumcision symbolize? Ultimately, why did the Council decide the Gentiles did not need to be circumcised in order to be saved?

4.One of the major themes in Acts is the resurrection and exaltation of Jesus Christ, as well as the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth. Explain the intersection of these themes. How does Jesus’ exaltation to the right hand of the Father serve as the basis for Christian ministry and missions today?

5.The book of Acts teaches that God is sovereign over all things. Using Acts 12 as a test case, explore how God manifests his sovereignty in the midst of Christian suffering (see the experience of James and Peter) and tyrannical rule (see Herod). Why is knowing God’s sovereignty encouraging in your ministry?

6.Persecution was one of the main challenges to the church as it moved into the Roman Empire. Who was responsible for the persecution and why was there resistance to the church? Base your response on the lecture and the textbook. Cite references from your reading to support your answer.

7.Find a passage from Paul’s letters that deals with the issue of challenges to the sexual mores of the church. What role did the pagan culture play in this challenge?
8.In 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, Paul provides a list of qualifications for an overseer. Read and reflect on these qualifications. What do they show is most important for an overseer (or elder) to be successful in ministry? How can you align your own priorities for church leaders to match those of Paul?
9.The epistle to the Hebrews deals with the problem of Christians, especially Jewish Christians, moving away from the church back into their former religious traditions. What social and spiritual pressures caused this tendency to revert? Base your response on the lecture and the textbook. Cite references from your reading to support your answer.

10.In the later 1st century AD, the policies of Roman authorities began to shift. What were some of these changes and what evidence do we see for these changes in the General Epistles?

11.One of the reasons 1 Peter was written was to encourage suffering Christians (review 1 Peter 1:6-7; 2:19-25; 3:14-17; 4:1-2, 12-14, 19; 5:8-11). Prayerfully read each of these texts, then share your thoughts as to how a robust understanding of the purpose of Christian suffering encourages your spiritual formation (or ought to) and might serve as encouragement for others?

12.One of the reasons 1 Peter was written was to encourage suffering Christians (review 1 Peter 1:6-7; 2:19-25; 3:14-17; 4:1-2, 12-14, 19; 5:8-11). Prayerfully read each of these texts, then share your thoughts as to how a robust understanding of the purpose of Christian suffering encourages your spiritual formation (or ought to) and might serve as encouragement for others?

 

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