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What You Will Learn

What you can expect to know and be able to do at the end of this course

  • Analyse the narrative structure, chronology and key characters of Acts

  • Discuss key historical, critical and hermeneutical issues related to Acts

  • Understand the theology of Acts and its relationship to other biblical books

  • Evaluate differing interpretations of key passages in Acts related to the Christian experience of the Holy Spirit

  • Compare the use of narratives in Acts to consider questions of ecclesiology and missiology

  • Use the content of Acts in ministry, devotion and Christian living today


  • Passion for understanding the history and the background of the Acts of the Apostles.

  • Be able to appreciate the richness and practical insights from themes found in the book of Acts.

  • This course is a advanced degree level course. It is suitable for people who want to be enriched in their knowledge of the Bible.

Featured Reviews

This book of Acts was presented extremely well

Alex Paton

Very well conveyed scripture by scripture and unpacked in away it made the text live and interesting way to learn

Very well conveyed scripture by scripture and unpacked in away it made the text live and interesting way to learn

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Peter Toms

Enjoyed and found informative

Enjoyed and found informative

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Comes to life

Brendan Roach

This is a great course that took me right into the text of the Book of Acts

This is a great course that took me right into the text of the Book of Acts

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Dr. Jon Newton

John is an Associate Professor at Alphacrucis College after serving for nine years at Harvest Bible College, most recently as Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research. His goal is to promote Christian higher education and missions, including training students for Asia and Europe. Dr Jon's PhD was gained at Deakin University (conferred 2007) with a thesis entitled "Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation." The author of two books: Revelation Reclaimed: The Use and Misuse of the Apocalypse (Paternoster 2009) and The Revelation Worldview (Wipf and Stock 2015). I also edited New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry for 21st Century Contexts (Mosaic 2013). I have also had a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as Australian Biblical Review, Colloquium, Heythrop Journal and Journal of Pentecostal Theology. I am the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ministry. Currently I am working on a commentary on Revelation for a new Pentecostal commentary series. My other main research interest is Australian Pentecostalism. In other areas of life, I am married to Judy (since 1977) and we attend New Horizons Christian Church, Whittlesea, having served as senior ministers of Oasis Church in Hampton, a bay side suburb of Melbourne, 2011-2018. Qualifications PhD (Deakin University) Dissertation Title Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation 2007 MA (Australian College of Theology) 2000 BA (Hons) (ICI University, Texas)

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the Book of Acts

    • Introduction to the Book of Acts

  • 2

    Acts as Literature

    • Acts as Literature

  • 3

    Occasion & Purpose of Acts

    • Occasion & Purpose of Acts

  • 4

    Themes & Theology of Acts

    • Themes & Theology of Acts

  • 5

    Historical & Critical Issues

    • Historical & Critical Issues

  • 6

    Opening & Overview

    • Opening & Overview

  • 7

    Ascension & Promise

    • Ascension & Promise

  • 8

    The Spirit Comes

    • The Spirit Comes

  • 9

    Peter's Explanation

    • Peter's Explanation

  • 10

    Response & Baptism

    • Response & Baptism

  • 11

    Early Believers

    • Early Believers

  • 12

    Healing & Explanation

    • Healing & Explanation

  • 13

    Trial of Peter & John

    • Trial of Peter & John

  • 14

    Challenges of the Early Church

    • Challenges of the Early Church

  • 15

    2nd Arrest & Problems Within

    • 2nd Arrest & Problems Within

  • 16

    Stephen's Speech & Death

    • Stephen's Speech & Death

  • 17

    Scattered Church - Samaria

    • Scattered Church - Samaria

  • 18

    Philip & Saul

    • Philip & Saul

  • 19

    Saul's Early Ministry

    • Saul's Early Ministry