A Journey through the Acts and Epistles

Audio Presentation


by Walter J. Cummins
Scripture Consulting

Audio DVD

“A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation” is an audio course designed to be used with the book A Journey through the Acts and Epistles (which may be purchased separately). There are forty-four audio sessions in MP3 format on one DVD, handling material from the book of Acts and the epistles written by the apostle Paul. The course is designed for individual study and group study.

The course requires an invested interest, including the $200 registration fee for the course and a considerable amount of time for listening to the audio recordings and doing further study during each of the sessions. Studying the material with a group of people in your local fellowship requires additional attention as noted in the “Considerations and terms of agreement regarding A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation.”

 



Considerations and terms of agreement regarding

A Journey through the Acts and Epistles

Audio Presentation

Copyright © 2006. Walter J. Cummins. All rights reserved.

This series of audio recordings is designed to be used with the book entitled A Journey through the Acts and Epistles (which may be purchased separately). These audio recordings present the Working Translation along with a discussion of some of the notes in the book and a further explanation of some of the passages. There are approximately forty hours of audio recordings, which are divided into forty-four sessions. These forty-four sessions are available in MP3 format on one DVD, divided into four parts.

Part One. Sessions 1-12. Acts 1:1-18:22; I Thessalonians; II Thessalonians.

Part Two. Sessions 13-22. Acts 18:23-20:38; Romans; Galatians.

Part Three. Sessions 23-31. I Corinthians; II Corinthians.

Part Four. Sessions 32-44. Acts 21:1-28:31; Ephesians; Colossians; Philemon; Philippians; I Timothy; Titus; II Timothy.

The purpose of this audio presentation is to augment the book A Journey through the Acts and Epistles for the learning benefit of those who have the desire to learn and to teach the same Scriptures to others. These audio sessions do not handle everything that is to be learned from these Scriptures, but they provide an overview that should stimulate further study of these God-inspired records.

“A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation” is not designed for those who are new to the Scriptures but rather for those who have given time to the reading and study of the Scriptures so as to more fully appreciate the material handled in these sessions. They should have at least a foundational understanding of the Scriptures.

Those who have read the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation at least once have the advantage of a broader scope of understanding for continuing with this presentation of the Acts and epistles. Those who have read it more often should have an even better scope of understanding.

Familiarity with a few resources for Scripture study (such as a concordance, lexicon, and Bible dictionary) would also be helpful.

Those who have read and studied the book The Acceptable Year of the Lord (Franklin, Ohio: Scripture Consulting, 1998-2005) also have the advantage of a broader scope of understanding of the earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ in order to more fully appreciate the material dealt with in the book of Acts and the epistles.

Other classes and materials that have been presented in consideration of what the Scriptures say also provide the student of the Scriptures with a good foundation for this study.

These are not requirements but rather recommendations for consideration. The more background a person has in the Scriptures, the easier it will be for that person to follow these audio sessions.

“A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation” is copyrighted by and remains the property of Walter J. Cummins, and it is licensed to you when you accept the following considerations and terms of agreement. The intent of these considerations and terms of agreement is to provide a standard for you and others to achieve the most you can in your knowledge and recognition of God’s Word from these audio sessions. Being well founded in the Word of God, you should be able to teach the same Scriptures to others so they too may grow in their knowledge and recognition of God’s Word.

Considerations and terms of agreement for Personal Study

The following are requirements for personal study.

You will need to have a Bible containing both the Old and New Testaments.

You will need to have a copy of the book A Journey through the Acts and Epistles.

You must have read the “Introduction to the Working Translation” in the front of the book A Journey through the Acts and Epistles so that you are familiar with the format of the Working Translation and the notes in the book.

The audio sessions in “A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation” are primarily designed for you as an individual to listen to by yourself — one session at a time. There are a number of audio tracks for each session. The sessions are divided into tracks so that you may take breaks between tracks as you may have need. For example, there are 31 tracks divided into twelve sessions in “Part One.” Session 1 is an introduction to the study, and it consists of tracks 1-4, which totals approximately 68 minutes. You may, however, take a break between any of the tracks as you desire.

After you have listened to one session, you may go back and review the Working Translation and the notes in the book from that session — at least the notes that are of interest to you —before moving on to the next session. If you desire to do so, you may also study the records in each session further in consideration of grammar and vocabulary by using other library resources (See Appendix A and Appendix B in the book A Journey through the Acts and Epistles). There are also suggested readings with some of the sessions. For example, with session 1, there is a suggested reading, namely, the Appendix “Chronological Considerations in the New Covenant Writings” in Riches of God’s Grace in the New Covenant. After you are comfortable with what you have learned from that session, then move on to the next session.

As an alternative, you may listen to two or more sessions at a time if you desire to do so, and then review the notes from those sessions before moving on to more sessions. For example, you may want to listen to session 2 (approximately 48 minutes), which handles the record in Acts 1, then take a break and then listen to session 3 (approximately 54 minutes), which handles the record in Acts 2. Then take some time to review both sessions and read the suggested reading from session 3, namely, “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.” There is flexibility to the manner in which you approach this study, and the amount of material you choose to study at one sitting may depend on your personal study habits, abilities, and interests.

The sessions are designed to be listened to in the order in which they are presented. You may, however, go back to review a previous session as needed. Jumping ahead, that is, skipping sessions to listen to later sessions, is not recommended since later sessions generally assume that you understand the material dealt with in previous sessions. Thus jumping ahead is discouraged. After you have finished all forty-four sessions, you may want to review selected sessions from time to time — or you may want to review all forty-four sessions again.

Considerations and terms of agreement for Group Study

As stated above, these audio sessions are primarily designed for your personal study. However, there may be instances where you along with your spouse and/or others in your family or in your local fellowship that meets in your home may want to listen to these audio sessions together. This might be the case where you are the first to acquire a set of “A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation” in an area and factors (such as the cost of a set) might initially limit others in acquiring their own set for personal study. Rather than placing constraints on others growing together in their understanding of the Acts and epistles, provisions for group study are offered under the following terms, and it may be that the others participating in the group study will eventually want to acquire their own set of “A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation” from Scripture Consulting for their personal study as well.

The following requirements for participating in the group study are similar to the requirements for personal study.

Each person participating in the sessions will need to have a Bible containing both the Old and New Testaments.

Each person participating in the sessions will need to have a copy of the book A Journey through the Acts and Epistles.

Each person participating in the sessions must have read the “Introduction to the Working Translation” in the front of the book A Journey through the Acts and Epistles so that they are familiar with the format of the Working Translation and the notes in the book.

All participants in the group study should also have at least a foundational understanding of the Scriptures in order to more fully appreciate the material dealt with in the book of Acts and the epistles, as suggested above.

There are a few more things to consider for group study than for personal study. The following are additional requirements for group study.

Others in the group may not use this audio presentation for their personal study, but they may listen to the audio recordings with you.

Each person participating in the sessions must begin with session 1 and follow through the sequence with you and the rest of the group. They may not begin midstream, that is, they may not join the group after the group has already begun to progress through the sessions. They will need to wait until you decide to begin another group study commencing with session 1.

You may not play any of these sessions for others who are not part of your scheduled group study. For example, you may not play a session for an open fellowship meeting as you would an audio teaching tape or CD.

As you will note, the participants in the group study will need to understand that they are making a commitment to continue through all the sessions according to the arranged schedule. You may, however, make arrangements for make-up by those in your group study who had to miss a normally scheduled group session. For example, if you are playing the sessions in sequence one night per week for a group from your local fellowship and someone from that group is not able to attend session 5 (which handles the records in Acts 6-8), then you could make arrangements for that person to listen to session 5 before your next group get-together for session 6 (which handles the records in Acts 9:1-31) so that person does not miss out on the continuity of the sessions. Someone in your group may also want to review a previous session, and you may make arrangements for that person to listen to that session. For example, after listening to session 32 regarding Paul’s conversion in Acts 22, someone (or perhaps the whole group) may want to review what was handled in session 6 regarding Paul’s conversion in Acts 9. Any arrangements that you make for someone in your group to listen to a session for make-up or review must be done under your direct supervision as explained below.

Considerations and terms of agreement for Making Copies and Playing the Audio Recordings

The audio sessions of “A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation” are shipped to you on one DVD in MP3 format as described above. These audio recordings are licensed to you for your personal study and for you to use with your family and others in your local fellowship as described above. You may copy and play the audio recordings in any of the following ways. You may also have someone more computer-literate help you if necessary.

You may play the DVD on your computer using your DVD drive.

You may also transfer the MP3 files to an I-pod or similar device used for storing and playing MP3 files.

You may make a copy of the original DVD for back up.

You may also transfer the files to a hard disk on your computer, provided the computer is not used on the internet or provided the files are protected from the internet by an adequate antivirus program, firewall, or other protective device. The computer you use for these audio files must be sufficiently protected so that the audio sessions are not able to be altered by anyone or transferred to anyone on the internet or by any other means. Disk space required on a hard drive for the MP3 files on the DVD is about 2.2 gigabytes.

You may also make a copy of the four parts on four CD’s (each part will fit on one 80 minute / 700 MB CD-R).

If you have the appropriate software and sufficient hard disk space, you may also convert the MP3 files to wave files on your hard disk, and you may transfer them to CD’s in regular audio CD-R format with the original audio content. You may not edit the audio content. Disk space required on a hard drive for all of the files in wave-file format is about 24 gigabytes. If you plan to burn regular audio CD’s of all the files, please keep in mind that it will require 44 CD’s (one CD per session using an 80 minute / 700 MB CD-R).

Every copy of the audio CD’s that you produce must be labeled with either a handwritten or printed label that contains the title (A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation), type of audio (either Audio MP3 or Audio CD), part number (One, Two, Three, or Four), tracks from the part, sessions, a list of contents, and the copyright notice (Copyright © 2006. Walter J. Cummins. All rights reserved.).

For example, if you make a copy of Part One in MP3 format, then the CD must be labeled as follows:

A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation,
Audio MP3, Part One, Tracks 1-31, Sessions 1-12,
Acts 1:1-18:22; I Thessalonians; II Thessalonians.
Copyright © 2006. Walter J. Cummins. All rights reserved.

If you converted the MP3 files to wave files and then, for example, burn a CD of session 5, then the CD must be labeled as follows:

A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation,
Audio CD, Part One, Tracks 12-13, Session 5,
Acts 6:1-8:40.
Copyright © 2006. Walter J. Cummins. All rights reserved.

For another example of a session burned on a CD from a wave file, a CD of session 21 must be labeled as follows:

A Journey through the Acts and Epistles Audio Presentation,
Audio CD, Part Two, Tracks 19-20, Session 21,
Galatians 1:1-4:7.
Copyright © 2006. Walter J. Cummins. All rights reserved.

When you make arrangements for someone in your group study to make up or to review a session, it must be done under your direct supervision. Please keep in mind that this material is licensed to you to use in this manner, and so any copies of the audio recordings that you arrange for someone else to listen to must be retained by you. They are your responsibility, and they must be retained in your personal library.

All other rights not granted above are reserved. You may not play one of the sessions for people who are not part of your group study. You may not make copies, sell, rent, or reproduce any of these audio recordings in any format (electronic, optical, transcribed, or otherwise) for distribution to other people. You may not send them to anyone via the internet, e-mail, World Wide Web, or any other means. Only you may use the recordings with your family or with those in your local fellowship in the manner described above. The right to use the recordings in the manner described above is granted to you, and those rights may not be transferred to another party. You may not use them in any manner other than those described above without written permission of the holder of the copyright. Violation of any of these rights will terminate your right to use this audio presentation.

 

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