Acts – BIBL 364

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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).

Prerequisites

(BIBL 105 and BIBL 110) or BIBL 104

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the authorship, date, addressee, purpose, historicity, canonicity, and theme of Acts.
  2. Summarize the contents of Acts.
  3. Relate the history of Acts to the Pauline epistles.
  4. Explain the theological emphasis and contribution of Acts to the New Testament canon.
  5. Describe and distinguish the various ministries of the Holy Spirit within a believer (baptism, indwelling, filling).
  6. Trace the development of the major theme(s) of Acts throughout the book.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4) (Learning Outcomes A, B, D, E)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in each Discussion Board Forum 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 4 discussions.

Thematic Analysis Essays (3) (Learning Outcomes B, D, F)

The student will write 3 essays in which he/she analyzes the thematic development in each of the 3 broad movements of the book of Acts (chapters 1–7, 8–12, and 13–28). More detailed guidance is given in the instructions for each of the 3 essays.

Quizzes (4) (Learning Outcomes A, B, C, D, E)

The student will complete 4 open-book/open-notes quizzes. Each quiz will contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false, matching, and/or fill-in-the-blank questions. Additionally, each quiz will be timed with a 30-minute time limit and a penalty for each minute over the time limit.

Acts Flow Chart (Learning Outcome B)

This assignment will be completed throughout the term and submitted in Module 8. As the student reads the book of Acts, he or she will fill out the provided template, giving each chapter of Acts an appropriate title, writing out a key verse from the chapter that supports the title, and identifying the three major events of the chapter. More detailed instructions are provided in the template.

New Testament Timeline Interactive Activity and Quiz (Learning Outcome C)

The student will complete an interactive activity, watch a complementary video, and then take a quiz to demonstrate his ability to relate the history of Acts to the rest of the New Testament, particularly the Pauline epistles.