OUR JOURNEY through the book of Acts continues with the account of Saul’s vision on the road to Damascus and the beginning of the outreach of the church to Gentiles.
We discuss Saul’s early years in the faith, the difficulty the Jewish Christians had with the news that Peter had gone to the house of Cornelius the centurion–an uncircumcised man–and the implications of Peter’s vision of the unrolled sheet.
THE EARLY church grows by leaps and bounds in the days after Pentecost. But things weren’t perfect because (surprise!) the apostles were human, too.
We discuss the dispute between Greek and Jewish believers over the care of widows and the deception of Ananias and Sapphira. We also cover the sort-of conversion of Simon Magus, the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch, and the stoning of Stephen — our introduction to Saul of Tarsus, who would arguably become the greatest of all the apostles.
WE CONCLUDE our study of the gospels this week with the accounts of the Resurrection. We discuss the gospel accounts of the encounter at the empty tomb and why the apparent contradictions are not contradictions at all, the significance of the first witnesses to the risen Christ being women, and Peter’s sermon on Pentecost, the first post-Resurrection sermon in the history of Christianity.