About This Program - The Walk of the Early Christians in the Acts of the Apostles

Updated: Jan 13

Have you ever wondered about the life and faith of the early Christians?

Join Michael Cuddy weekly for a Zoom discussion that will take you on a journey of exploration into the establishment, life, and beliefs of the Church after Jesus’ Ascension. The early Christians saw themselves as a new creation restoring the Garden of Eden. They also saw themselves in a New Exodus from Satan and sin. Our journey will include an emphasis on Catholic doctrine to show its firm foundation in Sacred Scripture. The instruction will include lecture, discussion, and multimedia. Ultimately, this reflection will be one of learning and faith.

This weekly series will cover a myriad of subjects and runs from January 7 to April 8th, 2021 with a Live Zoom at 7:00 pm. This weekly series is part of our Enders Island Virtual Community, a gateway to live classes, conversation, and innovative programming on healing, renewal and spiritual care. Whether you access our free programs or join us on a deeper level through a monthly subscription to programming such as this we want you to be part of our virtual community.

When you subscribe for $10.00 a month, you are becoming partners with us and are helping support the Mission and Ministry of Enders Island, including the creation of new online programming that seeks to bring healing, hope and renewal to our global community. Become a subscriber now and you will enjoy two months for free.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Introduction, historical context, literary style, and theological themes.

Week 2: Restoration of Eden and New Exodus from Satan and sin.

Week 3: Apostolic Succession, Establishment of the Catholic Church, and Pentecost.

Week 4: Primacy of Peter and breaking of the bread.

Week 5: Church in Jerusalem, persecution of the Church, and martyrdom of Stephen.

Week 6: Church hierarchy and sacrament of confirmation.

Week 7: Conversion of the Gentiles including Cornelius, Saul’s conversion, and infant baptism.

Week 8: Ministries of Barnabas, Saul, and Peter.

Week 9: Coming destruction of Jerusalem and the Church as the New Israel.

Week 10: Martyrdom of James the Greater and first missionary journey of Paul.

Week 11: Council of Jerusalem and papal/conciliar teaching authority.

WeeK 12: Second missionary journey of Paul.

Week 13: Third missionary journey of Paul.

Week 14: Arrest of Paul and journey to Rome.

Suggested Resources:

  1. The Navarre Bible, Acts of the Apostles. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010.

  2. Ignatius New Testament Catholic Study Bible. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2017.

  3. Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010.

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