The New Testament book traditionally called The Acts of the Apostles actually has very little to say about the apostles as a group. After the opening two chapters they drop into the background. A large part of the book is dedicated to telling the story of Paul, who was not even present with Jesus during his earthly ministry and opposed the early Christian movement vehemently only later to take the title of “Apostle” himself.

In this class we will read the book of Acts focussing on the role of the Holy Spirit in the story and the way Luke has chosen to portray Paul. We will look for ways this text can be relevant to the ongoing struggles of today’s church.