Bible Study – The Book of Acts of the Apostles
On September 11th we will start a study of the Book of Acts of the Apostles. We are using Acts from Ascension Press, featuring videotaped talks by Jeff Cavins. The first meeting on September 11th , a course Introduction talk, will start at 10:00 AM or 7:15 PM, depending on the session you select.
Read before starting: We should become familiar with the Book of Acts – Introduction from the New American Bible. This introduction can be found just before Chapter 1 in your printed copy of the NAB bible or at the US Bishops web site http://www.usccb.org/bible/scripture.cfm?bk=Acts&ch=#1.
The course is best taken by reading the section of Acts being studied, during the week before the evening we meet. The Study Questions from Ascension Press are very helpful in considering what we have read.
On Thursday we will review the Ascension Press Study Questions for approximately the first half hour of the session, and then view the talk by Jeff Cavins for the next hour. After the talk there is time for some reflection on the talk.
A bible, the New American Bible or an RSV Catholic Edition Bible with Apocrypha is recommended. The New American Bible is available online, for free, from the US Catholic Bishops web site at http://www.usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/#Acts. Either bible is available on paper for $20 to $30, a paper bible is recommended.
Study Questions: The Ascension Press Study Questions can be ordered from Ascension Press for $29.95.
The Study Questions often refer to the sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church by paragraph number. The St. Charles Borromeo Church web site hosts the Catechism, with a view of the Table of Contents of the Catechism with Paragraph Numbers at http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/ccc_toc2.htm, which makes finding these sections easier.
Schedule of Meetings:
|Date||Chapter of Acts
||Session title from Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom
|September 18th||1||Prelude to Power|
|September 25th||2||The Power of Pentecost
|October 2nd||3||The Miraculous Power of Jesus’ Name
|October 9th||4:1-31||The Church Acts with Boldness
|October 16th||4:32 – 5:42||Problems Within; Persecutions Without|
|October 23rd||6-7||The First Christian Martyr
|October 30th||8||Kingdom Borders Expand|
|November 6th||9||The Persecutor Becomes the Preacher
|November 13th||10||St. Peter’s Un-Kosher Picnic|
|November 20th||11-12||The Church in Antioch|
|December 4th||13-14||Paul’s First Missionary Journey|
|December 11th||15-16||The Jerusalem Council and Paul’s Second Journey|
|January 8th||17||Converts and Conflicts: Turning the World Upside Down|
|January 15th||18||Ministry in Corinth: Third Missionary Journey|
|January 22nd||19||Ministry in Ephesus|
|January 29th||20-21||Paul Heads for Jerusalem|
|February 12th||22-1-25.12||Paul Makes His Defense|
|February 19th||25:13-28:31||Paul’s Final Defense and Witness in Rome|