John Heading


Acts: A Study in New Testament Christianity

Pages: 356
Size: 5 3/8" x 7 5/8"
ISBN #: 0-937396-00-1
Format: Softcover

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There are many commentaries, expositions and theological works on the book of the Acts, and it may legitimately be asked why another should now be written. The answer lies in the deep belief of the author that the subject matter of the book of the Acts is just as relevant today as in the days of the apostles.

In particular, it has been the intention of the author not only to trace the development of the church, but also to separate out the transient features that characterized the transitional period between Judaism and Christianity. Moreover, he has sought to stress the abiding principles governing the local churches and their collective service, as well as the service of individual believers.

The connection of the Acts with the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Epistles is fully brought out. Christians may use the book for their own private study and meditation, the preparation of sermons, for Bible readings, and for the teaching of young converts. The Risen Lord, the Head of the Church, will give light to those who are thus exercised.


Dr. John Heading is joint editor of the magazine entitled “Precious Seed.” He is an able minister of the Word of God, moving extensively amongst the Lord’s people, particularly in the South and East of England. For his secular employment the holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees of the University of Cambridge, and is Reader in Mathematics in the University of Southampton, where he has written many technical books and papers.



Part I
Chapter 1 – First man Ascended
Chapter 2 – Third Giving of the Spirit
Chapter 3 – First Discourse of Peter
Chapter 4 – First Record of Activity in the Church
Chapter 5 – First Miracle in the Church
Chapter 7 – Second Discourse of Peter
Chapter 8 – First Conflict With Authority
Chapter 9 – Second Record of Activity in the Church
Chapter 10 – First Discipline in the Church
Chapter 11 – Second Conflict with Authority
Chapter 12 – First Service of an Administration
Chapter 13 – First Martyr: Stephen
Chapter 15 – First Expansion of the Gospel
Chapter 16 – First Saving Vision of the Ascended Christ
Chapter 17 – First Itinerary of Peter
Chapter 18 – Second Expansion of the Gospel
Part II
Chapter 1 – Third Record of Activity in the Church
Chapter 2 – First Apostle Killed
Chapter 3 – First Missionary Journey
Chapter 4 – First Missionary Journey
Chapter 5 – First Missionary Journey
Chapter 6 – First Doctrinal Dispute
Chapter 7 – Second Missionary Journey
Chapter 8 – Second Missionary Journey
Chapter 9 – Second Missionary Journey
Chapter 10 – Second Missionary Journey
Chapter 11 – Second Missionary Journey
Chapter 12 – Second Missionary Journey
Chapter 13 – Third Missionary Journey
Chapter 14 – Third Missionary Journey
Chapter 15 – Third Missionary Journey
Part III
Chapter 1 – Fourth Journey
Chapter 2 – Fourth Journey
Chapter 3 – Fourth Journey
Chapter 4 – Fourth Journey
Chapter 5 – Fourth Journey
Chapter 6 – Fourth Journey
Chapter 7 – Fourth Journey
Chapter 8 – Fourth Journey
Chapter 9 – Conclusion