ACTS
NT 150
Mark E. Moore, Ph.D.
Office: 624-2518 x2711
markmoore@occ.edu
http://markmoore.org

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Course Description:

An exegetical study of the book of Acts that considers the expansion of Christianity between 30 C.E. and 62 C.E. Special emphasis will be given to doctrinal issues on baptism, the Holy Spirit, tongues, and Gentile inclusion as wells as the travels and preaching of Paul. The course will be taught through interactive lecture, written projects, and objective tests. The student is expected to master the contents of the book and be able to apply the principles to contemporary ministry settings. Affectively the student should develop a reliance on the Holy Spirit and a love for the church.


Projects:
  1. Read through the book of Acts four times, once for each of the first four weeks of the semester. You will be instructed how to mark your Bibles each week. Read from the same Bible, which you will turn in for evaluation 9/16 (5 points).

  2. You will take a quiz over the book Fresh Wind; Fresh Fire. Bring a grademaster (10/14, 5 points).

  3. Complete the conversion chart found on p. 83 of your notebook. On the back of the page, summarize any significant findings in 1-2 paragraphs. Tell me what surprised you about the nature of conversion in Acts and/or how you need to present the gospel more effectively so this kind of biblical conversion can take place. Due 11/18

Term Paper: Each student will write an exegetical term paper over one of the passages listed in the schedule.  There will be a term-paper guide available for purchase in the Bookstore, also available on our website. Your paper must be 2,250-3,000 words including the table of contents and bibliography with 10-15 cited references. Use footnotes and a 12 point font. (10/28; 15 points) You will email this term paper to my email above by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 29.

Memory:  You will have fifteen passages to memorize as outlined on the schedule—the references are listed under the “due” column. Each of these will be written out verbatim in class and corrected by the student. If a word is left out, substituted, or added it will count off 1 point. A misplaced phrase will count off 1 point and a misplaced verse 2 points. (15 points)

Quizzes: There will be periodic pop quizzes over the commentary reading. You should always have a grademaster with you. (5 points)


TEXTBOOKS:

Moore, M. Commentary on Acts. Joplin: College Press, 2011.

Moore, M. My Witnesses. Joplin, MO: Moore, 2000.

Cymbala, Jim. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997.


SCHEDULE:

 

Date

Topic

Due

Date

Topic

Due

8/23

1:1

 

10/18

14:21-28

 

8/24

1:2-3

 

10/19

Mission & Ch Planting

 

8/25

1:4-11

1:6-8

10/20

15:1-21

 

8/26

1:12-26

 

10/21

15:22-41

 15:28-29

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/30

Holy Spirit

 

10/25

16:1-15

 

8/31

Holy Spirit

 

10/26

16:16-40

 16:30-33

9/1

Tongues

 

10/27

Spiritual Warfare

 

9/2

2:1-13

 2:1-4

10/28

17:1-15

 Paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/6

2:14-36

 

11/1

17:16-34

17:30-31

9/7

Baptism

 

11/2

18:1-28

 

9/8

2:38-47

 2:37-39

11/3

Test #3: Ch. 12-18

 

9/9

3:1-26

 

11/4

19:1-22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/13

4:1-31

 4:11-13

11/8

19:23-40

 

9/14

4:32-5:11

 

11/9

20:1-12

 

9/15

5:12-42

 

11/10

20:13-38

20:28-30

9/16

Test #1: Ch. 1-5 

 Proj.  #1

11/11

21:1-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/20

6:1-15

 

11/15

21:27-22:29

22:14-16

9/21

7:1-38

 

11/16

22:30-23:11

 

9/22

7:39-60

 7:51-53

11/17

23:12-35

 

9/23

8:1-25

 

11/18

24:1-27

 Proj. #3

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/27

8:26-40

 

11/22

Thanksgiving

 

9/28

 

 

11/23

Thanksgiving

 

9/29

9:1-19a

 9:3-6

11/24

Thanksgiving

 

9/30

9:19b-43

 

11/25

Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/4

10:1-23a

 

11/29

25:1-22

 

10/5

10:23b-11:18

10:34-36

11/30

25:23-26:32

 

10/6

11:19-30

 

12/1

Test #4: Ch. 19-26

 

10/7

Test #2: Ch. 6-11:18

 

12/2

27:1-26

 27:23-25

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/11

12:1-25

 

12/6

27:27-44

 

10/12

13:1-15 & Speeches

 

12/7

28:1-16

 

10/13

13:16-52

 13:46-48

12/8

28:17-31

 28:30-31

10/14

14:1-20

Proj. #2

12/9

Post Acts & Review

 

GRADES:

      Projects 15 %; Paper 15 %; Memory 15 %; Quizzes 5 %; Tests 40 %; Final 10 %


CLASS POLICIES:
  1. ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and are requesting an accommodation, please contact the Executive Director of Admissions at 417-624-2518 Extension 2006 as soon as possible.
  2. Attendance: Absences over 6 will result in the failure of this course as outlined in the college catalogue (page 53-4). Four tardies will be counted as one absence. If a student arrives fifteen minutes after class or leaves fifteen minutes before class is over it will be counted as an absence. 
  3. Homework: Late work is unacceptable. Assignments and projects are due at the beginning of the class period on which they are assigned.  If you are absent, you are still responsible for having your work brought to class and turned in for you. All work is to be typed unless otherwise noted.
  4. Tests: Should you miss an exam you will take a different exam and you will have exactly one week to make it up from the class period on which it was given. You may take it at the testing center (L12) after paying a $5 late fee in the business office.
  5. Papers must follow the guidelines of the Term Paper Guide which can be purchased in the Bookstore. End notes are not acceptable for this class. Topics can be chosen from the list below. I urge you to get a tutoring appointment in The Learning Center. I tend to like courier font. You can find help for your Term Paper through: http://markmoore.org/resources/powerpoints/termpaper.ppt and
    http://markmoore.org/resources/essays/termpaperss.shtml
  6. Cheating/Plagiarism: Cheating will result in a zero on the assignment in question and a mandatory meeting with the dean of students to determine further discipline which may include failure in the class or dismissal from the college. Cheating  includes but is not limited to (1) using material from another student for tests, memory, or term papers, (2) not properly citing sources in papers and assignments so as to make it look original, (3) using cheat sheets – written or electronic – for tests or quizzes.

ESSENTIAL READING FOR ACTS
  1. Arrington, F. L. The Acts of the Apostles, Peabody, MA.- Hendrickson, 1988. (A scholarly commentary from a Pentecostal perspective.)

  2. Bock, Darrell, Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007. (This is a scholarly work by a Dispensational evangelical scholar. Thorough but not particularly readable.)

  3. Bruce, F. F. Commentary on the Book of Acts, in The New International Commentary on the New Testament, F. F. Bruce (Ed.). Grand Rapids, IL: Eerdmans, 1954. (Concise exposition with helpful historical background. Part of the New International Commentary.)

  4. Campbell, A. Acts of the Apostles. Nashville: Holman, 1858. (An historic Restorationist work).

  5. Ferguson, E. Backgrounds of Early Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987. (This is not a commentary but a veritable gold mine of historical information.)

  6. Fernando, Ajith. Acts, in The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998. (Strong Evangelical work from a missions perspective in India. Superior application, shy on exegesis).

  7. Gaertner, D. Acts. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1993. (This contemporary commentary is readable and semi-scholarly from a Restorationist perspective).

  8. Larkin, William J. Acts. Downer's Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995. (Scholarly work from an Evangelical perspective, but not especially readable).

  9. Longenecker, Richard N. Acts, in The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Frank E. Gaebelein (Ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1981. (Brief, general commentary with helpful notes on the Greek text.)

  10. Marshall, H. I. The Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1980. (This thorough commentary is good for general study. Sometimes too wordy, sometimes too obvious in its stated purpose to counter the liberal views of Haenchen.)

  11. McGarvey, J. W. The Acts of the Apostles. Cincinatti: Standard, 1892. (Excellent classic exposition.)

  12. Neyrey, Jerome. The Social World of Luke-Acts. Peabody, MA: 1991. (Examines the lst century world from a social-scientific perspective to create helpful models for understanding biblical events).

  13. Polhill, J. B. Acts, in The New American Commentary, Nashville: Broadman, 1992. (Outstanding scholarship and research. Footnotes are dynamite! Best suited for advanced students).

  14. Reese, Gareth L. N.T. History, ACTS. Joplin, MO. College Press, 1976. In-depth exposition with helpful extra studies. Sometimes slanted. Definitely Restorationist.)

  15. Stott, John R. The Spirit, the Church and the World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990. (Not much verse by verse exposition, but excellent for understanding the broad themes.)

  16. Witherington, Ben. The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998. (This is best suited for more advanced students but has a wealth of information).

OBJECTIVES:

College Mission: The ultimate mission of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by seeking the evangelization of the lost and the edification of Christians worldwide. The immediate mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service through an undergraduate Bible college education.

College Learning Objectives (CLO)
This course most directly addresses CLO 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7.

Ozark Christian College seeks to develop students who:

  1. Know sound doctrine from the Word of God. (Biblical Doctrine)

  2. Understand evidences for the basis of faith in Christ and the Bible.  (Apologetics)  

  3.  Interpret the Bible to understand the author's intended meaning. (Hermeneutics

  4. Demonstrate an intellectual development for critical thinking and lifelong learning. (Intellect)

  5. Communicate effectively in written and oral forms. (Communication)

  6. Display a personal growth in Christian character and fellowship with Christ. (Devotion)

  7. Apply a variety of skills for leading others to Christ, helping them mature in Christ, and equipping them to serve Christ. (Evangelism & Discipleship)

Biblical Studies Area Objectives (BSAO):
This course most directly addresses BSAO 1, 3, 6
.

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the Old Testament and New Testament.

  2. Document how the Old Testament scriptures reveal God’s preparation for the coming of the Messiah.

  3. Articulate basic Christian doctrine through exegetical study of the scriptures.         

  4. Understand issues dealing with the origin, interpretation and application of the Bible.

  5. Articulate a strong faith in Jesus as the Son of God and the Bible as the Word of God.

  6. Apply Biblical texts to life.        

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to:

  1. Know the text of the book of Acts, especially the sequence of people, places and events. [CLO 1 & 4 and BSAO 1, 3]

  2. Survey the foundations of the church and the major issues affecting the church today. [CLO 1, 3, 4, 6 & 7 and BSAO 1, 3, 6]

  3. Develop skills in using basic Bible study resources. [CLO 3 & 4 and BSAO 1]

  4. Develop skills of reasoning, discussing and writing concerning Biblical issues. [CLO 1, 3, 4, &  7 and BSAO 1 & 3]

  5. Fall in love with the church of Jesus and to kindle a passion for global evangelism. [CLO 4, 6 & 7 and BSAO 5 & 6]

  6. Appreciate the person and power of the Holy Spirit. [CLO 6 & 7 and BSAO 5 & 6]

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