Exploring Ephesus — Ephesus is one of the best reconstructed Greco-Roman cities in the world, and was once the hub of Christianity in Anatolia (modern Turkey). This impressive city was not only one of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation but was also the headquarters of Paul’s three-year ministry to the roman province of Asia. From here Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians and in Ephesus’s theater the infamous riot recorded in the Book of Acts broke out against the Christians. Here too, the Apostle John traditionally wrote his Gospel and epistles and where he spent the last days of his life after returning from exile on Patmos. Ephesus was the launching point for the gospel’s continuous expansion into the western world. For decades biblical Turkey has been the focus of study for distinguished historians, Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Andrew Jackson. Now these old friends reunite and travel together on the road to Ephesus. Along the way they share their combined historical, archeological and biblical expertise to bring the scriptures to life for modern believers. DVD includes optional English subtitles. Walk in the steps of the apostles along ancient Roman streets and pass through marble gates into the wonderfully excavated city of Ephesus whose extensive ruins resound with millenia of history. Take an excursion by boat to the Isle of Patmos where Christ revealed his apocalyptic vision of the end of days. Visit the ruins of pagan temples once dedicated to the gods of Greece and Rome and explore a hidden cave where early Christian believers worshipped the one God.
In the Footsteps of St. Peter — Join beloved actor David Suchet (PBS’s Poirot series) as he embarks on an epic journey from Galilee to Rome in search of the Apostle Peter. In this major two-part documentary series produced for the BBC, Suchet explores how a humble fisherman, known for his stubborn and impetuous personality became a leading figure in the early church, playing a key role in keeping the movement from splintering. Suchet travels from Peter’s humble Galilean birthplace to Jerusalem, where a terrified Peter denies his beloved friend and teacher on the eve of the crucifixion. Encounter Peter’s miraculous transformation on the day of Pentecost and explore the question, what happened to Peter after he mysteriously vanished from the biblical account? The series follows the biblical account to reveal the miraculous life of one of the most important figures in church history.
The Seven Churches of Revelation Rediscovered — An exploration of the seven cities and the messages of the Risen Christ to them. The words to them are a powerful call to us today. Host David Nunn takes us to Turkey for a firsthand visit of the seven cities to which the messages of the risen Christ were addressed in Revelation chapters 2-3. Their significance is explained in graphic detail, and viewers will gain many insights from David's enthusiastic commentary along the way. Not only do we see the natural beauty of Asia Minor, but the most important points in each letter are brought vividly to life. A valuable resource for personal or group study.
The Lives of the Apostles Paul and Peter — In these two programs, Rick Steves takes us on location to explore the lives of two great apostles. The Life of Apostle Paul - Travel with public television host Rick Steves to modern-day Turkey and Greece where he recalls what happened to Paul in places such as Ephesus, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. See the ruins of buildings where Paul spoke and places in which early Christians worshiped. The Life of Apostle Paul helps us appreciate the story of this man, Paul, whose personal experience of the Risen Christ turned his life around. From persecuting members of the Jesus movement, Paul becomes the movement's primary spokesperson and the one most responsible for spreading the Good News of God's amazing grace and our everlasting life in Jesus Christ. Today, Paul's written words continue to inspire both committed Christians and those who are looking for God's presence in their lives and the world. (40 minutes); The Life of Apostle Peter - Rick Steves follows the story of the Apostle Peter from his early days as a fisherman, through his three-year adventure with Jesus to the tumultuous events surrounding Jesus' death and resurrection. Scholars from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, provide background as Rick weaves together the Apostle's life. The video recounts Peter's transformation from fisherman to dynamic leader of the early church and the legend of his martyrdom in Rome. Find out why Christians everywhere look to Peter as a model for what it means to be a follower of Jesus. (29 minutes) Includes optional English subtitles and closed captioning.
The Story of the Twelve Apostles — They started out as average, unexceptional men of their time: fishermen, farmers, local magistrates. But their dedication to a prophetic Jewish preacher in the backwaters of the Roman Empire transformed them into revolutionaries and, in the process, changed the world itself in ways that would reverberate across time for two thousand years. Now, discover the extraordinary, untold stories of the men chosen by Jesus to bring God's plan to the world. Among them are Peter, who denied Christ three times but later became a "Rock," James and John, the fiery tempered "sons of thunder," Matthew, the tax collector later murdered by cannibals, Simon the Zealot, the anti-Roman fanatic eventually "cut to pieces" preaching in Spain, and Judas Iscariot, whose betrayal would be paid for with silver and suicide. From their early fear and discouragement at the shock of the Crucifixion, to the final acceptance of the resurrection and their epic mission to spread the Gospel through the known world, it's an inspiring, astonishing story of the little-known men who became The Twelve Apostles.
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