Godís Message goes to All Nations

About these Units

EasyEnglish Study Units (2800 word vocabulary) on the New Testament from Acts to Revelation


G. Barrie Wetherill and M. P. H. Stear

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.


From Jerusalem to Rome and Beyond

ďBut you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of *Judea and *Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.Ē Acts 1:8

What this work aims at

1. We want to write about the story of the early church which the *New Testament tells us.

2. We want to show how the church grew. It began as a *Jewish church, and became a church which had more *Gentiles than *Jews. The *Holy Spirit caused this.

3. We want to discuss why men wrote the letters in the *New Testament. (We will not study each separate letter.)

Godís Message goes to all Nations - a Description of the Series




A short description of the work.


The beginning of the church. Peter speaks about Jesus for the first time.


People oppose Christians, but more people hear the good news about Jesus. Acts 3-8


The Damascus Road. Paul becomes a Christian. [This unit has extra information on ĎPaul, a *Roman citizen and his rightsí.]


The first *missionary journey. Acts 13-15 (AD 46-48)


The second *missionary journey. Acts 15-18


The third *missionary journey. Acts 18:23-21:17


Men arrest Paul. They put him in prison, and send him to Rome.


The wars of the *Jews. Enemies destroy the *Temple.


Paulís last years Ė and the other *apostles [using traditional *sources.]


John and the book of Revelation.


Paulís desire to tell many people about Jesus

Word List

apostle ~ one of the 12 men that Jesus chose to be his helpers. He chose them to teach other people about him. Christians call Paul an apostle.

commentary ~ a book which explains what another writer has said.

Gentiles ~ people who are not *Jews; people who do not know God.

gospel ~ the good news for everybody that God sent Jesus to die for our *sin instead of us.

Holy Spirit ~ Godís Spirit; Jesus sent him to help people.

Jew ~ a person from the same big family and country as Jesus.

Jewish ~ a word that describes a *Jew or anything to do with a *Jew.

Judea ~ the country of the *Jews.

missionary ~ a person who goes to another country to tell other people about Jesus.

New Testament ~ the part of the Bible that tells about the life of Jesus, and what happened afterwards.

Roman ~ Romans were people from Rome. They ruled over Israel. Rome was a large city.

Samaria ~ the country next to Judea.

sin ~ when people do not do what God wants; wrong things that we do or say.

sources ~ original writings.

temple ~ the special building in Jerusalem where the *Jews went to pray to God.

Book List

Craig Keener ~ Bible Background *Commentary NT ~ IVP

B. M. Newman and E. A. Nida ~ A Translators Handbook on The Acts of The *Apostles ~ UBS

F. F. Bruce ~ The Book of The Acts ~ MMS

Donald Grey Barnhouse ~ Acts Ė An expositional commentary ~ Zondervan

In the Footsteps of Paul ~ CWR (Daily Bible Readings 1988)

I. Howard Marshall ~ Acts ~ Tyndale

Campbell Morgan ~ Acts of the *Apostles ~ Pickering and Inglis

Paul Barnett ~ Bethlehem to Patmos ~ Paternoster 1989

Also: Personal notes and material from many other sources


© 1999-2003, Wycliffe Associates (UK)

This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 words).

July 2003

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