Article Series

The Apostles

The Apostles focuses on leading personalities from the pages of the New Testament—real people practicing their belief in the difficult world of the Roman Empire. When viewed in this first-century context, and in light of their deep connection to the Hebrew Scriptures, the writings of the apostles reflect a perhaps surprising unity of both doctrine and purpose. What’s more, they provide practical examples to guide 21st-century readers who want to emulate the faith of those first followers.

The Apostles, Part 1: Acting on Conviction

Part 1

Acting on Conviction

David Hulme

In this issue we begin a new series on the 21st-century application of the gospel, this time focusing on the biblical book of Acts.

Apostles, Part 2: Beyond Jerusalem

Part 2

Beyond Jerusalem

David Hulme

Amid growing persecution, early followers of Christ fled to neighboring regions, spreading a message of hope and a way of life. 

The Apostles: Part 3: Peter, Paul and Barnabas

Part 3

Peter, Paul and Barnabas

David Hulme

The book of Acts povides a history of the early Christian Church’s growth and development. This article explores the early experiences of three key players.

The Apostles, Part 4: The First Journey

Part 4

The First Journey

David Hulme

What Paul and Barnabas taught Jews and gentiles as they traveled through Cyprus and Asia Minor is the subject of considerable debate and misunderstanding.

Apostles, Part 5: New Team, New Territory

Part 5

New Team, New Territory

David Hulme

The apostle Paul sets out on a journey to the ancient cities of Asia Minor and Greece. Even today, his experiences offer valuable and instructive lessons.

The Apostles, Part 6: At the Center of the Greek World

Part 6

At the Center of the Greek World

David Hulme

The apostle Paul arrives in the ancient cities of Athens and Corinth. How he approaches his respective audiences is in itself enlightening.

The Apostles, Part 7, Ephesus: City of Worthless Idols

Part 7

Ephesus: City of Worthless Idols

David Hulme

The apostle Paul travels to the city of the goddess Artemis to live and teach for three years before making his way to Jerusalem one last time.

The Apostles, Part 8: To Caesar You Shall Go!

Part 8

To Caesar You Shall Go!

David Hulme

Paul’s final visit to Jerusalem resulted in riots, beatings, imprisonment, hearings before governors and a king, and finally an appeal to Caesar.

The Apostles, Part 9: A Dangerous Voyage

Part 9

A Dangerous Voyage

David Hulme

The prisoner Paul makes his way to Rome for a hearing before the famous Nero. But what might appear to be the end of the story is really just another beginning.

The Apostles, Part 10 Productive in Prison

Part 10

Productive in Prison

David Hulme

Though Paul is manacled to a Roman guard, he continues his ministry both in person and through letters to fellow believers in outlying provinces.

The Apostles, Part 11: Journey's End

Part 11

Journeys’ End

David Hulme

As the apostle Paul’s life draws to a close, he continues to demonstrate his sincere concern for those under his care and for those who will carry on his ministry.

Apostles: James, Brother of Jesus

Part 12

James, Brother of Jesus

David Hulme

What can we know about James, the first-century writer of one of the general epistles? And what value does his letter have in the 21st century?

The Apostles, Part 13: Feed My Sheep!

Part 13

Feed My Sheep!

David Hulme

The apostle Peter figures prominently in the New Testament, but today he is often portrayed as being theologically at odds with his colleague Paul.

The Apostles, Part 14: Called, Chosen, Faithful

Part 14

Called, Chosen, Faithful

David Hulme

The apostle Peter’s life is a study in how much a person can change. His writings offer advice as applicable today as when he wrote them.

The Apostles, Part 15: What Kind of People Should You Be?

Part 15

What Kind of People Should You Be?

David Hulme

The apostle Peter wrote a second letter to the early Church just before his death. And like other New Testament writings, its message is timeless.

The Apostles: Son of Thunder Apostle of Love

Part 16

Son of Thunder, Apostle of Love

David Hulme

John, the last surviving apostle, lived a long and challenging life. David Hulme looks at some of John’s early experiences as a follower of Jesus Christ.

John: Apostle of Love and Light

Part 17

John: Apostle of Love and Light

David Hulme

A closer look at the Gospel and letter written by the Apostle John reveals some of the changes taking place in the late-first-century church.

The Apostles, Part 18: John: Approaching the End

Part 18

John: Approaching the End

David Hulme

As the last surviving apostle among the original twelve, John was eager to pass on key instruction and understanding to followers of “the Way.”

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Part 19

John: In Light of the Future 

David Hulme

The last written work of the apostle John was his enigmatic Apocalypse, or the book of Revelation. Why is the book so puzzling, and what is its message for today?

The Apostles, Part 20: John, Essential Messages

Part 20

John: Essential Messages

David Hulme

The letters that the apostle John sent to seven churches in Asia Minor carried vital messages for survival. And they provide instruction even today.

Part 21

John: The End and the Beginning

David Hulme

The final installment of the series examines the biblical account of the apocalypse, as recorded by the apostle John in the book of Revelation.