Sunday school at Agape is utilized to actively engage people in the purposeful and in-depth study of God’s Word. Sunday school for all ages, is held each Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Fall Quarter 2015

Every book of the Bible is important to our understanding of God’s plan for the world. Some books, however, have particular significance regarding these things. For example, what if we did not have Genesis? Much of the rest of the Bible would not make sense to us. What if there were no Gospels? While the rest of the New Testament would tell us about Christ, we would know little about His life and ministry. The book of Acts certainly falls into the category of being one of those books that is absolutely essential to our understanding of the big picture of God’s plan. The book serves as a bridge between the Gospels and the Epistles.
Acts is actually the second half of a two-volume work by Luke, a physician and coworker of Paul. Tradition says he was a Gentile from Antioch. He did not just write about the history of the early church—he was part of the story himself. Scholars have suggested a variety of purposes that Luke might have had in mind as he penned Acts under the inspiration of the Spirit. At a very fundamental level, Luke was certainly outlining the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. Since the apostles were to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and “the uttermost part of the earth” (1:8), this basic outline clearly shows how these events unfolded over a thirty-year period. Others, however, have looked to the conclusion of Acts to discover its purpose. The last phrase in the book, “noman forbidding him” (28:31), is actually one word in Greek and literally means “unhinderedly” (Stagg, The Book of Acts, Broadman). This view suggests that Luke was attempting to show how the gospel overcame every obstacle encountered as the Christian faith spread. This will certainly be seen in this quarter’s lessons. As Acts ends, Paul was bound (28:20), but the Word of God was not (II Tim. 2:9).

While our lessons will not cover all of Acts, enough will be studied to clearly show how the early Christian community came alive—the theme for this quarter. Take time to compare your Christian life and your local church with the believers and churches we read about in Acts. Are we similar or dissimilar to them? Such a comparison may reveal either our faith or our failure to be the people God has called us to be.


The Christian Community Comes Alive
UNIT I: Seeds of New Growth

September 6
Praying for One Another
Acts 4:23-31

September 13
Sharing All Things
Acts 4:34—5:10

September 20
Witnessing to the Truth
Acts 5:27-29, 33-42

September 27
Remembering God’s Faithfulness
Acts 7:2-4, 8-10, 17, 33-34,
45-47, 52-53, 55
UNIT II: Giving Bold Testimony

October 4
The Ministry of the Spirit
Acts 8:9-24

October 11
A Dynamic New Witness
Acts 9:18-31

October 18
Breaking Down Barriers
Acts 10:24-38

October 25
Trusting the Spirit
Acts 11:1-18
UNIT III: Spreading the Gospel

November 1
The Power of Prayer
Acts 12:1-11

November 8
No Difference in God’s Sight
Acts 15:1-12

November 15
Spreading the Word
Acts 16:1-5, 8-15

November 22
Making God Known
Acts 17:1-4, 10-12, 22-25, 28

November 29
Teaching God’s Word
Acts 18:1-11