The Book of Acts
This overview of the book of Acts concentrates on two major themes: the history of the
founding and development of the church through the ministry of the apostles (primarily Paul)
and the spiritual lessons for the church today which can be gleaned from this history. Because
the systematic proofs for the various doctrines referred to in this book (such as salvation,
water baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, the offices and ministries of church government, etc.) are
presented in the doctrinal courses of our Theology department, they are not repeated here.
Rather, the application of these doctrines is emphasized. The abiding principles contained in
the accounts of how Godís leaders ministered in a hostile environment are related to current
Christian practice and experience, including the persecution of believers, the leading of the
Holy Spirit, casting out demons, the apostolic office, ecumenical councils, ordination to the
ministry, and many others which are useful to the ministerial student. 2 credits. Prerequisite: one semester.
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