BIBL364: Acts

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

A study of the growth and development of the first century Church as recorded by the accurate historian, Luke. Special attention will be given to the activity of the Holy Spirit in the ministries of Peter and Paul. (Formerly BIBL 424).

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Students in this degree program should know the general background of the time of the Apostles, including chronology, geography, social customs, historical backgrounds, and events within the first century New Testament Church. Also, students should be aware of both specific and general issues, problems, and areas of concern that have faced Christian scholars surrounding the book of Acts, as well as the early Church as a whole.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings, Web Articles, and Lecture Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in each Discussion by posting a 300-word thread in response to the instructor’s prompt. The student is also required to submit 200-word replies to 2 other classmates’ threads. More detailed guidance is given in the instructions for each of the 2 discussions. (CLO: A, B, C)

Bible Study Assignments (5)

The student will prepare a Bible Study in 5 stages on a passage in Acts that is personally meaningful. The student will identify the selected passage, offer a brief explanation of why it was selected, and then prepare a study intended to teach others about the passage. More detailed guidance is given in the instructions for this assignment. (CLO: A, B)

Step 1: Select Passage and offer rationale for selection
Step 2: Determine Main Point(s) and write a summary of the passage
Step 3: Design Questions for Participants
Step 4: Develop Teaching Plan
Step 5: Teach and Offer Analysis

Church Council Case Study Assignment

The student will consider a situation in his/her church or a hypothetical church that would be similar to the debate in Acts 15. The student will then recreate Acts 15, but substitute the issue that he/she has selected, offering a defense for both sides of the argument, rendering a judgment, and then creating a letter that declares the decision made by the recreated “Acts 15 Council.” (CLO: B, C)

Journey Through Acts Assignment

The student will examine each chapter in the book of Acts and offer a 50 – 150 word summary of the chapter as if he/she was one of the disciples. Connect similar events and identify themes/motifs throughout the book. More detailed guidance is given in the instructions for this assignment. (CLO: A, B, C)

Pauline Church Project Assignment

The students will create a one-page document for the following churches established by Paul in the Book of Acts: Philippi, Thessalonica, Corinth, and Ephesus. More detailed guidance is given in the instructions for this assignment. (CLO: B, C)

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