May 4—June 12, 2020

A Daily Walk through Paul’s Missionary Journeys

A Daily Video–Based or Podcasted Bible Study

Overview

The Book of Acts is a real-life look at the apostles’ work to spread the Good News that they had witnessed. Paul’s mission to spread the Gospel was monumental, trusting the Holy Spirit to guide him to lands that had never witnessed Christianity. He knew that God would lead him to those who needed to hear His Word and Truth the most.

Right now, people everywhere need to hear the Good News as much as they did during Paul’s time. That’s why Concordia Publishing House is offering this CPH FaithCourse®, Bringing the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth: Paul’s Missionary Journeys, for free. We want to provide everyone with a resource that is planned out and easy for you to enjoy.

Join Rev. Dr. Ken Schurb and all of us at CPH for this first-ever synchronous Bible study, starting May 4 through Friday, June 12, with this free CPH FaithCourse. With animated maps that truly encompass the geographical and historical context of Paul’s journeys, Rev. Dr. Schurb will take everyone in this Bible study through the Book of Acts, following Paul to the ends of the earth in his proclamation of the Good News. This distinctly Lutheran study of Paul’s missionary journeys is easy to use, understand, and study as an individual or as a group. There are discussions guides for pastors and Bible study leaders to use during your weekly gatherings to guide your online study.

This synchronous Bible study will be delivered to your inbox or preferred podcast player every day, Monday through Friday, during the duration of the study for you to join in. From everyone at Concordia Publishing House, we pray that this study is a blessing for you during this difficult time.

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Rev. Dr. Ken Schurb served as professor of theology at Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before becoming the assistant to the LCMS president. He earned a degree in systematic theology from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a PhD in history from The Ohio State University. He currently serves on the Central Illinois District staff for evangelism, missions, and stewardship.

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Week 1: Paul is new, but the mission is not

  • May 4th: Paul and the launching church | Acts 13:1–4
  • May 5th: Paul and the gentiles | Acts 13:5–13
  • May 6th: Paul and the Jews | Acts 13:14–28
  • May 7th: Paul and the Christ | Acts 13:29–43
  • May 8th: Week 1 Conclusion

Week 2: What happens when the Gospel is preached?

  • May 11th: Some believe, others do not | Acts 13:44–14:7
  • May 12th: People filter the message through their own ideas | Acts 14:8–28
  • May 13th: False teaching must be combatted in the church | Acts 15:1–35
  • May 14th: Conflict arises between Christians | Acts 15:36–41
  • May 15th: Week 2 Conclusion

Week 3: Expect the unexpected

  • May 18th: Unexpected start | Acts 16:1–12
  • May 19th: Unexpected surroundings | Acts 16:12–25
  • May 20th: Unexpected salvation | Acts 16:26–40
  • May 21st: Unexpected setting of the world upside down | Acts 17:1–15
  • May 22nd: Week 3 Conclusion

Week 4: Meet people where they are—but don’t leave them there!

  • May 25th: What Paul was not saying at Athens | Acts 17:16–34
  • May 26th: What Paul was saying at Athens | Acts 17:16–34
  • May 27th: Paul’s troubles at Corinth and the Lord’s presence | Acts 18:1–10
  • May 28th: Paul’s task at Corinth and the Lord’s promise | Acts 18:9–17
  • May 29th: Week 4 Conclusion

Week 5: “Big Target” Stories

  • June 1st: Stories of perplexity | Acts 18:18–19:7
  • June 2nd: Stories of proclamation | Acts 19:8–10, 21–22
  • June 3rd: Stories of power | Acts 19:11–20
  • June 4th: A story of perturbation | Acts 19:23–41
  • June 5th: Week 5 Conclusion

Week 6: Through mission, the Word of the Lord builds the church

  • June 8th: Charitable works and consecrated worship | Acts 20:1–17
  • June 9th: Conscientious pastoral care | Acts 20:18–38
  • June 10th: Courageous dedication | Acts 21:1–19
  • June 11th: Where we have followed Paul
  • June 12th: Week 6 Conclusion

“Whenever people believe in Jesus as their Savior, it’s a miracle. And God does miracles when He creates new life. That’s what He did in Acts 13. When Paul turned to the Gentiles, they were saved, entirely by the grace of God, on account of Christ.”

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