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Acts: A 12-Week Study Paperback – June 30 2014
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Designed for individuals and small groups alike, this 12-week study through the book of Acts explores the history of the early church after Christ’s ascension.
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More Books in the Knowing the Bible Series from Crossway
This Bible study series is designed to help readers better understand and apply God’s Word. Each study covers one book of the Bible over 12 weeks, making practical applications and connections between the passage and the rest of Scripture. The series is edited by J. I. Packer and Dane C. Ortlund, and includes contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders. Perfect for both small groups and individuals, these gospel-centered studies will help readers see and cherish the message of God’s grace found on each and every page of the Bible.
|Author||Mitchell M. Kim||Matthew R. Newkirk||Michael LeFebvre||Michael LeFebvre||Matthew H. Patton|
|Joshua||Judges||Ruth and Esther||1-2 Samuel||1-2 Kings|
|Author||Trent Hunter||Miles V. Van Pelt||Kathleen B. Nielson||Ryan Kelly||Gavin Ortlund|
|Romans||1 Corinthians||2 Corinthians||Galatians||Ephesians|
|Author||Jared C. Wilson||Jay Thomas||Dane C. Ortlund||Geoff Ziegler||Eric C. Redmond|
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About the Author
Justin S. Holcomb (PhD, Emory University) is an Episcopal priest and teaches theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. He has written or edited more than twenty books on abuse, theology, and biblical studies. Justin and his wife, Lindsey, live in Orlando, Florida, with their two daughters.
J. I. Packer (1926–2020) served as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He authored numerous books, including the classic bestseller Knowing God. Packer also served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
Lane T. Dennis (PhD, Northwestern University) is the former president and CEO of Crossway. Before joining Crossway in 1974, he served as a pastor in campus ministry at the University of Michigan (Sault Ste. Marie) and as the managing director of Verlag Grosse Freude in Switzerland. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including the Gold Medallion-award-winning book Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, and he is the former chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dennis serves as the chairman of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible Translation Oversight Committee and as the executive editor of the ESV Study Bible. Lane and his wife, Ebeth, live in Wheaton, Illinois.
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers and Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners. Dane and his wife, Stacey, have five children.
- Publisher : Crossway (June 30 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433540142
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433540141
- Item weight : 166 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 0.56 x 22.86 cm
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The author missed the mark completely. The book is 12 lessons long. Lesson 1 and Lesson 12 are about getting ready to read Acts and then a reflection on what the book, respectively. In between is a series of questions that often times required little more than copying what was written in the text. Too many questions began with, "What does Luke say happened..." with no additional questions for further reflection. Lessons 2-9 cover the first 14 chapters of Acts. Paul's first, second, and third missionary journeys (covered in Acts 15-28) are "covered" in lessons 10 and 11. With half the book covered in two chapters, the depth of questions and the quality were noticeably poorer quality that the first chapters, although that isn't saying much. The "commentaries" that were offered read more like Max Lucado reflections: feel good fluff without any good substance.
Do not waste your time on this book. There are probably much better bible studies on the early church than this one. Hard to imagine worse.