The Acts of the Apostles as the Mission of God
Public Lecture with Steve Walton

You are warmly invited to attend a free public lecture with Professor Steve Walton on Monday 17 August at Laidlaw College’s Henderson campus.

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 picture 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.

We look forward to having you with us!


Steve Walton (PhD, University of Sheffield) is Professorial Research Fellow in New Testament at St Mary's University in Twickenham, London. His passion is to help others engage with the New Testament for themselves, and he is therefore an enthusiastic teacher of Greek. His major current research project is writing the Word Biblical Commentary on Acts, and as a result he finds himself involved in numerous projects related to the Book of Acts. He has wide interests outside of Acts, including the synoptic Gospels (especially Mark and Luke), New Testament theology, narrative approaches to the New Testament, the appropriation of the Old Testament in the New Testament, Greek language and linguistics, New Testament textual criticism, and Paul (especially, but not exclusively, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Philippians, and Galatians). Steve has published widely and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Tyndale House, Cambridge and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Cambridge University Faculty of Divinity.

Steve is married to Ali, who teaches at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, and they live with their Border Terrier, Dougal.

Where Henderson Campus
When 9:00am - 11:00am
Cost FREE & open to the public
RSVP Please RSVP by Thursday 13 August events@laidlaw.ac.nz