After seven months, we find ourselves in the last week of this study. During our readings this week, you’ll read about Paul’s second and third missionary journeys and the account of his return to Jerusalem, arrest, his (eventful!) travels to Rome all of which will conclude with the last verse of this study, Acts 28:31, which finds Paul “…proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” And although history has told of various hindrances, the Church has continued to do this ever since.
As you’re reading these last chapters in our study, it might be worth reflecting on how far things have come from those early chapters from Genesis. It may not be immediately apparent to you, but this is the same story. It’s a story of the God created us out of love, who made covenant after covenant with us out of love, and who finally sent His Son (also out of love.) When you start to see things that way, you’ll come to realize that together we’ve been reading an incredible love story that is both the greatest love story ever told, and a story we, too, have a share in. The work of proclamation and teaching we carry on today is the telling of that story.
With that in mind, here are your final readings for our study: