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Gospels & Acts

The Gospels are the heart of the Bible. They declare that the center of human history is found in God's act of sending His only Son. And this message must be proclaimed, from the first days of the church (captured in Acts) to now. Yet, these five books are also complex, drawing together discourse and narrative, history and prophecy and apocalyptic, theology and ethics.

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A great way to earn seminary credit! Earn 2 graduate credits for successfully completing this course from either Trinity Evangelical Divinity School or Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Instructors

Robert S. Kinney

Clergy, Christ Church Vienna (Austria)

Robert Kinney serves on the clergy team at Christ Church in Vienna, Austria (Church of England, Diocese in Europe). He also serves as the Director of Ministries of the Charles Simeon Trust, where he has served since 2005. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago, an MS in Communications (Journalism) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in New Testament at the University of Bristol in England. His dissertation was published by Mohr Siebeck in the WUNT II series as Hellenistic Dimensions of the Gospel of Matthew: Background and Rhetoric. He previously served as a pastoral intern at Holy Trinity Church for six years (2002-2008) and later as University Minister (2012-2014). He is a Fellow at the Center for Pastor Theologians and also serves on the Boards of the Charles Simeon Trust of Canada and Prédica Fiel in Cuba.

Jonathan T. Pennington

Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jonathan serves as Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a BA from Northern Illinois University, an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a PhD from University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of several academic works, including Heaven and Earth In the Gospel of Matthew and Reading the Gospels Wisely.

Kevin DeYoung

Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church

Kevin is the Senior Pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kevin serves on the council of the Gospel Coalition and is the author of several books, including Why We’re Not EmergentWhat is the Mission of the Church?, and Just Do Something.

Mike Bullmore

Senior Pastor, CrossWay Community Church

Mike serves as Senior Pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin. Mike earned a diploma in Bible and Theology at Moody Bible Institute and a BA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College. He then earned an MDiv and ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, followed by a PhD in Rhetorical History and Criticism from Northwestern University. Prior to leading the launch of CrossWay Community Church in 1998, Mike served for 15 years as an Associate Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, as well as chairman of the Practical Theology Department at TEDS. He also serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition.

Romell Williams

Pastor, Lilydale Progressive Missionary Baptist Church

Romell Williams, Jr., serves as Pastor of Lilydale Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at the historical Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of Trinity International University. He is a speaker affiliated with Cutting It Straight, the Barnabas Brotherhood Conference, the Issachar Conference, the Bible Exposition Conference, and the Moody Bible Institute. Romell currently serves as the Associate Director of Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust.

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The Gospels are the heart of the Bible. They declare that the center of human history is found in God's act of sendin...More
The Gospels are the heart of the Bible. They declare that the center of human history is found in God's act of sending His only Son. And this message must be proclaimed, from the first days of the church (captured in Acts) to now. Yet, these five books are also complex, drawing together discourse and narrative, history and prophecy and apocalyptic, theology and ethics.
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Lesson 1

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Lesson 2

Finding Structure in the Gospels and Acts

Robert S. KinneyIn this first lesson, Robert S. Kinney explores finding literary structure in narrative.
Lesson 3

An Introduction to the Gospels

Jonathan T. PenningtonIn this lesson, Jonathan Pennington lays a foundation for understanding the canonical Gospels and how to use their literary context to better understand them.
Lesson 4

How to Preach the Parables

Robert S. KinneyIn this lesson in the Gospels and Acts course, Robert S. Kinney proposes a method for working through and teaching from Parables.
Lesson 5

The Usefulness of OT Background in the Gospels

Douglas Sean O'DonnellIn this lesson, Doug O'Donnell demonstrates several ways in which a good understanding of the Old Testament is essential for understanding the Gospels. 
Lesson 6

Melodic Line in the Gospels

Robert S. KinneyIn this final instruction, Robert Kinney demonstrates strategies used to discern key notes of a melodic line in each of the four Gospels.
Lesson 7

Exposition 1: Mark 15:1-15

Mike BullmoreIn this lesson, Mike Bullmore preaches from Mark 15:1-15.
Lesson 8

Exposition 2: John 1:19-23

Romell WilliamsIn this lesson, Romell Williams Jr. preaches from John 1 and offers a paradigm for Christian ministry.
Lesson 9

Exposition 3: Acts 13:13-52

Kevin DeYoungIn this final lesson, Kevin DeYoung preaches from Acts 13:13-52.