The Acts of the Apostles as the Mission of God - Tuesday 15 May 2012 7.30pm-9.30pm
Following previous public lectures on the missional interpretation of the Bible, the nations in the Psalms, and Reading the Bible with the Global Church, this year Prof. Steve Walton, Professor of New Testament at London School of Theology joins us to consider the Acts of the Apostles as the Mission of God.
Action plans for mission are widely used today: but are they right? Who really drives mission? In the Acts of the Apostles, the church is frequently slow to recognise and get on board with what God is doing. Mission among the Gentiles happens slowly and is a result of God's initiative, not the church's plans - and this reflects the wider point that it is God who drives the story of Acts forward, not the believing community. This challenges some modern emphases on the role of the church in mission.
In this lecture, Steve Walton will explore the work of God in Acts, and reflect on this key feature of Acts in the light of the emphasis on missio Dei (the 'mission of God') in contemporary missiological thinking.