Growth of the Early Church

Acts 3-6 ~ Growth of the Early Church

This week we began our study of the next section of Acts (chapters 3-6) in which we will be observing the blessings and challenges that come with quick and exponential growth of the Jerusalem church under Peter’s leadership. We briefly surveyed the healing of the lame man at the Temple (Acts 3:1-10); however, our discussion took a slight detour into the importance of manuscript evidence and proper hermeneutics when we study the Scriptures. Then, we dove straight into a great discussion about the differences between translations and paraphrases of the Bible. We also spent a little time examining Christianity’s emergence out of Judaism. 

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Acts 3:1-10 ~ Healing of the Lame Man

Healing, Growth of the Early Church, Manuscript Variants, Translations

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.

Additional Notes:

During the lesson, I mentioned a new version that’s coming out soon, but I could not recall the name: It’s called “The Passion Translation.” The concern is that while this particular version markets itself as a translation (not a paraphrase), according to how we’ve always understood the word “translation,” it’s not really a translation at all. Here is a great article that explains the issues:

 What’s Wrong With The Passion “Translation”? by Andrew Wilson

With more than 50 versions of the Bible, how do you know which translation is the “best” for you and those you teach?

Read more at What Bible Translation is Right for You?



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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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