Following the ‘Life of Jesus’, the next set of material being launched on the Word Online website is, ‘The Spreading Flame’. It is the story of the development of the church as told by Luke in his book, ‘The Acts of the Apostles’ and in many ways is a continuation of the history of the Church beginning with the earthly life of Jesus.
The material has been divided into 6 series, following the pattern found in the book of Acts, with 47 episodes. It begins with Jesus’ commission to the first disciples,
‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,’
and traces the spread of the gospel from Jerusalem to Rome. Each series marks the next step in the fulfilment of this commission and culminates with a summary statement, proclaiming the steady growth of the Early Church. This is reflected in the titles for each series:
1. The gospel in Jerusalem
2. The gospel in Judea and Samaria
3. The gospel and the Gentiles
4. The gospel reaches Asia minor
5. The gospel into Europe
6. The gospel to Rome
Martin Charlesworth continues his narrative style, covering the whole book of Acts, describing the many advances and setbacks that faced the early Apostles. Every episode of The Spreading Flame is 30 minutes long and refers to a biblical passage, with an explanation of the background, helpful insights and also some reflections for present day seekers and followers.The videos have subtitles and are accompanied by a transcript. Study guides and tagging are provided to aid those who wish to dig deeper into the material. Just as with ‘The Life of Jesus’ material, it is organised so that you can follow through each series progressively and chronologically but also each episode can stand alone and be accessed individually.
It is available in all formats including on the https://wordonline.org website. Podcasting is available on various platforms and the format is designed to enable a wide variety of uses from listening on your headphones on a bus, to preparing.a sermon, to group discipleship training sessions.
Why not access the material for yourself and then recommend it to others?