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Designed to be used as a 12-week campaign, this kit contains everything you need to launch a sermon series and outreach campaign during or after the A.D. television series to help viewers learn more about how the stories they're watching apply to their lives and faith today. It includes sermons from twelve respected Bible teachers and access to video clips from each week's TV episodes that will bring the messages to life. The Kit includes:
- Twelve sermons based on each episode of the TV series covering the first 10 chapters of the book of Acts
- Access to exclusive streaming video clips from each A.D. episode that correspond with the sermons
- Campaign Planning Guide
- Social Media Marketing Guide
- Digital resources such as web graphics, PowerPoint Slides, and countdown video
- Official A.D. Study & Guidebook
- A.D. Viewing Party Kit (20 postcards, Party Host Guide, 1 copy of the Official A.D. Study & Guidebook)
- Promotional tool samples And more!
A.D. is the epic television series event that picks up where The Bible miniseries left off, at the resurrection of Jesus and the birth of the early Church. Airing on NBC, starting Easter Sunday, April 5, and running 12 weeks through June 21, A.D. is the perfect opportunity to invite people to your church to discover more about the stories they're seeing on TV.
Vendor: Outreach Inc
Publication Date: 2015
Series: A.D. The Bible Continues
From Members to Disciples: Leadership Lessons from the Book of ActsMichael W. FossAbingdon Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:
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Paul and the Faithfulness of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, 2 VolsN.T. WrightFortress Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback$66.99 Retail:Video
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What are leaders saying about A.D.?▼▲
"In a time when films about Bible events are often gross distortions of what actually happened, you can always count on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to stay true to the scriptures, treating miracles as actual miracles, and not trying to explain them away. With a stellar track record of both The Bible television series and The Son of God movie, Mark and Roma are now bringing 'A.D.', the exciting story of the Book of Act, to the screen as a gift to the entire church. God bless them. I can't wait for you to see it!"
---Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church
"When I heard Mark and Roma share their vision to create a series from the book of Acts I was excited beyond words. 'A.D.' is our story. 'A.D.' is the story of the church. Until now no one has attempted to capture on film the magnificent and epic tale of how a handful of marginalized Jesus followers ultimately changed the world. I can't wait!"
---Andy Stanley, North Point Ministries
"Roma and Mark brought us 'The Bible' and 'Son of God'. This Easter they are bringing 'A.D.', the story of the Book of Acts to primetime television. This has the potential to touch the hearts of millions. Pray with us that God would use this series to lead many people to Himself."
---Francis Chan, New York Times Bestselling Author
"My friends Mark Burnett and Roma Downey did an amazing job of bringing Scripture alive through The Bible miniseries, and I'm so pleased that they're doing it again with 'A.D.'. This new program recounts the birth of the Church as recorded in Acts, and also offers a wealth of additional historical and social context. I believe viewers will be inspired and transformed by this powerful story of God's movement in history."
---Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
"'A.D.' is a gripping portrayal of the early church, full of the very passion and intensity that marked that crucial period in Scripture. You will be drawn into this epic real-life story that will take you back to the beginning and leave you with tears on your face and Jerusalem dust on your feet. 'A.D.' is going to capture the nation. Get ready, America!"
---Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"A.D. shows us how a deep faith results in raw courage. The key players in this story - the earliest Christians, stunned by the brutal execution of Jesus, were pathfinders for today's believers. Their compelling story gives hope for the modern-day faithful, who face brutality and persecution simply for believing... even today."
---Max Lucado, Pastor and bestselling author
"'A.D.' is a triumph! It tells the riveting story of the very beginning of the Church with reverence, excitement and brilliance. This series not only captures our attention but also our hearts as we trace the steps of those who first walked in the way of Jesus. While 'A.D.' dazzles the eye, it also engages the imagination. The narrative recounts how, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, a small band of men and women witnesses to the Risen Lord set out to change the world. The mission endures today and people everywhere can find both drama and inspiration in this telling of the story of the Church, her origins, mission and timeless challenge. 'A.D.' helps us recover the wonder of the ongoing Christian adventure."
---Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Arch Dioceses of Washington DC
Why Should My Church Do This?▼▲
Over 100 million people watched The Bible miniseries in 2013! Now, from the world-renowned producing team Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, comes A.D., the epic television series event that picks up where The Bible left off - at the resurrection of Jesus and the action-packed journey of the first followers of Christ. Premiering on NBC on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, A.D. covers all the major stories in the first 10 chapters of the Book of Acts and provides your church an unprecedented outreach opportunity. Invite your church and community to further explore what they are seeing on TV with a coordinated sermon series and small groups.
What are the sermon topics included in the Official Church Kit?▼▲
The twelve sermons included in the Church Kit coordinate with each weekly A.D. episode. You may use the complete sermon as is or as a guideline for developing your own message. Use as little or as much of the material as suits your congregation's need and your personal style. Each week's sermon has an accompanying video clip that is accessible online. Listed below is a short summary of each sermon outline to help you begin the planning process.
Week 1 Sermon: The Grave Robber (By Mark Batterson)
Scripture: John 11:25-26
Main Idea: Everyone wants a miracle. But here's the catch: No one wants to be in a situation that necessitates one! Of course, you can't have one without the other. The prerequisite for a miracle is a problem, and the bigger the problem, the greater the potential miracle. He is the God who can make your impossible possible!
Week 2 Sermon: The Reality of the Resurrection (By Wilfredo "Choco" De Jesus)
Scripture: John 20:26-29
Main Idea: It matters how we treat the resurrection. It either entertains us or propels us forward. Jesus' resurrection is meant to be real in our everyday lives. Not tucked away in some nice little story, but living, breathing and powerfully stirring our lives just as it was in the lives of the disciples.
Week 3 Sermon: The Work of the Holy Spirit (By Dr. George O. Wood)
Scripture: Acts 2:1-4
Main Idea: The Holy Spirit's arrival at Pentecost fulfilled Jesus' promise in Acts chapter 1, resulting in great revival and a world-changing missions movement that is still happening today.
Week 4 Sermon: Stand (By Herbert Cooper)
Scripture: Acts 4:18-20
Main Idea: Every day for the rest of our lives, we will face circumstances and situations where we have to choose whether we will or will not stand for Christ. Peter and John had every reason in the world to not stand for Christ. They were imprisoned, threatened, and their lives endangered, but they chose to stand and God did powerful things in and through their lives.
Week 5 Sermon: You Can't Stop the Unstoppable (By Christine Caine)
Scripture: Acts 5:29-32
Main Idea: God used the martyring of Stephen to bring about growth, expansion, influence, and eternal life. What seemed to be an impossible situation and a dead end became the beginning of new life and the pathway to salvation for many.
Week 6 Sermon: The Pebble Plan (By Phil Hopersberger)
Scripture: Acts 1:8
Main Idea: Start making a concerted effort to share the gospel and be involved in the Great Commission right where God has you today, in your Jerusalem, and be open to "ring out" even farther to your Judea or Samaria, or even to the ends of the earth.
Week 7 Sermon: The Dragon Dilemma (By Phil Hopersberger)
Scripture: Romans 8:28-29
Main Idea: Just as was true for the believers in the early Church, God has a purpose for trials and persecution in each of our lives.
Week 8 Sermon: Undeniable: What Even Skeptics Believe (By Rice Broocks)
Scripture: Acts 9:1-16
Main Idea: In a court of law, the burden of proof is "beyond a reasonable doubt," not "possible doubt." Skeptics say things like "Isn't it possible that His disciples stole His body and then went out to preach He had been resurrected?" Yes that's possible, but it's not reasonable. To make a rational, reasonable decision, we don't really need one hundred percent certainty about anything. In the same way, God has given us enough evidence to believe.
Week 9 Sermon: The Significance of Nobody (By Phil Hopersberger)
Scripture: Acts 9:15-16
Main Idea: The eternal impact of just one person God chooses to use here on earth is astoundingespecially those who may seem unlikely to be used by God, or insignificant! Take a look at the life of Saul (Paul), David, Gideon, Deborah, and Mary to be challenged to being open to God's call on your life, and pray for those who God is raising up right now.
Week 10 Sermon: The Barnabus Factor: When an Enemy Needs a Friend (By Greg Surratt)
Scripture: Acts 9:26-31
Main Idea: Barnabas took a risk and changed the world. God is asking us to do the same. Are you looking for opportunities to take risks in faith? Who needs you to be their Barnabas?
Week 11 Sermon: Too Hot to Handle (By Rob Ketterling)
Scripture: Acts 9:19b-31
Main Idea: Going to new places to share the Good News of Jesus is something you'll never regret because the greatest miracle God performs is a changed life. When you're transformed, you can't help but catch the vision to go! Everything changed for Saul when he was converted on the road to Damascus, on the way to track down and imprison any who followed Christ. After his dramatic encounter with Jesus, he was transformed. Saul the persecutor became Saul the proclaimer. He caught a vision to go and proclaim the Good News that "Jesus is the Son of God".
Week 12 Sermon: The First Roman Pygmy (By Phil Hopersberger)
Scripture: Acts 10:22; 34-36
Main Idea: The removal of the barrier between Jews and Gentiles was a game changer for the early Church. Will you ask God for opportunities to share His good news with a Cornelius, someone who is waiting for a Peter to come and answer his questions?
Is the series' content biblically accurate?▼▲
A.D. is a scripted, acted drama filmed on location in the Middle East and Morocco. It is also important to remember that this is a dramatization of the Bible and certain creative liberties were taken. Many Christian scholars served as advisors and gave input as to the theological accuracy of the series.
NOTE: A.D. is a powerful, authentic visual portrayal of scenes from the Bible including battles and martyrdom. Some scenes may not be appropriate for children - we would advise leaders and parents to treat this production like a PG-13 movie and make viewing decisions appropriately.