Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Their rabbi was gone from their physical presence. They lived in an era when turmoil greatly influenced the power structure all around them. And the gospels — our guide to the life and lessons taught by Jesus — didn’t exist yet. Still, members of the early church launched a movement that grew into what we now call Christianity.
How did their actions more than 2,000 years ago blossom into the church that serves the risen Christ today? Throughout Lent, participants in this online Bible study will read the book of Acts with some brief journeys into portions of the letters written within the chronology of this book that records the history of the early church. Through the reading and discussion, we will learn together what we can learn from Acts that can help us along our faith journey today.
Please be aware that to get the most out of this Bible study, participants may need to read multiple chapters in a given book of the Bible six days out of the week, with one day set aside for rest or to allow for catch-up work.
About the Instructor
Todd Seifert has served as the communications director for the Great Plains Conference (Kansas and Nebraska) of The United Methodist Church since 2015. In the local church, he has taught Bible studies aimed at promoting discipleship and evangelism among participants. He has facilitated the full Disciple I Bible study on multiple occasions, facilitated Disciple II, the Covenant Bible study and numerous other studies with adults and youth. He has completed coursework for The United Methodist Church’s certified lay minister program, and he is a regular contributor to an online daily devotion email within the Great Plains Conference. He also hosts a podcast titled “In Layman’s Terms” that tells stories about discipleship and shares brief reflections on scripture.
Todd worked for 20 years as a journalist, the last 14-plus years as executive editor for a Gannett (USA Today) property in St. George, Utah, where he edited two daily newspapers, a twice-weekly newspaper, monthly magazine and website. He is married to the Rev. Amy Seifert, who he met in baptism class while in middle school. They have two children — a daughter who graduated college after completing eligibility in women’s basketball and a son who is a pastoral candidate who pitches for his college baseball team. Todd’s hobbies include photography, reading, watching “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” movies, and playing with his dog, Suzy.
If you have any questions about the course or constructive suggestions for improvement, please send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.