The book of Acts is the intended sequel to the gospel of Luke, showing how the new community of faith applied Christ’s teachings to life and how they proclaimed His message throughout the world. In this course, students complete an exegetical study of the book of Acts by focusing on the biblical theology of the book, the historical background of events, and the theological emphasis of the speeches. The goal of the course is to enable learners to articulate the message of Acts in ways that are both textually accurate and contemporaneously relevant.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Trace the argument of Acts through its narrative units.
- Interpret any specific narrative material found in Acts and identify its key theological themes.
- Determine with appropriate support the background of any narrative account that contributes to the setting and argument of a text.
- Communicate the message of a passage that is accurate to the text and relevant to a contemporary audience.