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Based on the epic TV series event, this study and guidebook is designed to help viewers experience the action-packed journey of the first followers of Christ in the early days of the most powerful global movement in history. It includes powerful lessons from each episode, Scripture readings, relevant application sections and discussion questions to help the reader discover what the truths in the book of Acts mean for their lives today. The Study & Guidebook is perfect for:
- Small Group and Sunday School studies during the airing of the TV series
- Gifts for visitors on Easter Sunday and during the series
- Use for group discussion at A.D. viewing parties
- Family or personal study !
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$13.49 Retail:
$17.99Save 25% ($4.50)
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
Lesson 1: Hope for a New Beginning
Scripture: Matthew 28:1-20
Main Idea: Focus on the many responses of Jesus' followers to the crucifixion and news of His resurrection. Who do you identify with?
Lesson 2: Wait for It
Scripture: Acts 1:1-8, Luke 24:44-52
Main Idea: Jesus reassures followers through various appearances including Peter (provide). He promises Holy Spirit (promise) and asks followers to wait (petition). What does it look like when God asks us to wait, and our response to Him when he provides, promises, and petitions?
Lesson 3: Pentecost Power
Scripture: Acts 2:1-4, 14-15, 38-42; 3:1-11
Main Idea: When the day of Pentecost came, the Holy Spirit brought power with purpose. For what purpose has God given you power?
Lesson 4: What Matters Most
Scripture: Acts 4:1-21, 5:11-16
Main Idea: In the midst of persecution, opposition was present, but the power was still there and God was still at work to give perseverance though all kinds of difficulties.
Lesson 5: A Bigger Picture
Scripture: Acts 5:29-32, 6:8, 7:1-8:1
Main Idea: Through the story of Stephen's ability to see God's glory beyond his immediate situation into the eternal, we learn there is a bigger story at work.
Lesson 6: Scattered Seeds
Scripture: Acts 8:1-17
Main Idea: The early Church faced persecution, fear, and scattering, but still grew in numbers and influence. How does this impact our faith today and help us proclaim Jesus boldly?
Lesson 7: A Wider Circle
Scripture: Acts 8:6-13
Main Idea: Philip doesn't just bring words, there are healings and miracles. Action impacts they way people hear our message about the Lord.
Lesson 8: Respond to God
Scripture: Acts 9:1-22
Main Idea: Saul's dramatic conversion leads us to look at our own surrender to God on the journey, and how He might use us in the salvation of others.
Lesson 9: Let It Go
Scripture: Acts 9:10-22, 26-27
Main Idea: When Paul attempts to join the disciples who are afraid of him and do not trust him, we learn about God's grace, salvation for all, and His ability to work outside of our stereotypes.
Lesson 10: Life Moments
Scripture: Acts 8:26-40
Main Idea: Philip's sharing of the Gospel with the Ethiopian Eunuch points us to focus on being faithfully obedient to what God calls us to do each day of life.
Lesson 11: Credit the Source
Scripture: Acts 9:32-42
Main Idea: Peter healed Aeneas and did not say "I heal you," but rather "Jesus Christ heals you." Keeping the focus on the Lord allows many people to be pointed to Him and believe.
Lesson 12: Unstoppable
Scripture: Acts 10, 11:15-17
Main Idea: The turmoil and persecution of the early Church could do nothing to stop the spread. What is our part in bringing God's love and salvation to all people today?