johnsonDr. Dennis Johnson


2007 Topic:
 Acts: The Gospel of the Risen Lord Jesus

Dennis E. Johnson is professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in California. He is a graduate of Westmont College (B.A.), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.), He pastored Orthodox Presbyterian congregations in Fair Lawn, NJ, and Los Angeles, CA, before joining the faculty of Westminster Seminary in California in 1982. He is an associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church(Presbyterian Church in America) in Escondido.

Having taught New Testament at the seminary for 16 years, he is now professor of practical theology, teaching homiletics, Christian education, and vocation. He is the author of The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption, the notes on Hebrews in the Reformation Study BibleTriumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation,Let’s Study Acts, an audio-taped course on Hebrews produced by the Institute of Theological Studies, and various journal articles. Dr. Johnson’s Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ From All The Scriptures. P&R expects to have it “off the press” on March of 2007. He has also contributed the notes on the Book of Revelation to the English Standard Version Study Bible, forthcoming in 2008. He also edited Foundations of Christian Education, a collection of addresses to Christian school teachers by Louis Berkhof and Cornelius Van Til.

He and his wife Jane have been married 34 years and are the parents of four adult children, two sons and two daughters (all married), and grandparents of eight grandsons and (finally in 2006) of three granddaughters, due to be born by the end of the year, and another granddaughter due in April 2007!

THE TOPIC FOR THIS YEAR

Acts: The Gospel of the Risen Lord Jesus

 Theme: Christians have often read the Book of Acts as a manual for the life of the church: its leadership structures, its witness, its life together as the family of God. This history of God’s people as the Spirit’s coming ushered us into the new covenant era does, in fact, have much to teach us about our life together and our mission in the world between Christ’s ascension and his glorious return. Even more practical, however, than the guidelines we may be looking for is the way the Book of Acts reveals the risen Lord Jesus who is both ruling all things at the Father’s right hand and present with us today through his Holy Spirit. Our study of Acts in the 2007 Family Conference will focus on what this book reveals to us about Jesus, our ever living, never leaving Lord and Redeemer. 

  1. The Living Lord Who Acts and Teaches (Acts 1:1-11) – Mon. evening

  2. The Heart-Searching God Who Calls his Servants (Acts 1:3, 12-26) – Tues.

  3. The Lord Who Anoints his Witnesses (Acts 1:5-8; 2:1-11) – Tues.

  4. The Scorned Servant Whose Name Saves (Acts 3:1-26) – Tues. evening

  5. The Jealous Defender of his People’s Purity (Acts 5:1-11) – Wed.

  6. The Peacemaker Who Unites Diverse Peoples (Acts 6:1-7) – Wed.

  7. The Champion Who Captures his Enemies (Acts 9:1-22) – Wed. evening

  8. The Lord of All (Acts 10:1-20, 34-48) – Thurs.

  9. The Promised, Cursed, and Risen Son of David (Acts 13:16-43) – Thurs.

  10. The Liberator of Prisoners (Acts 16:11-34) – Thurs. evening

  11. The Coming Judge of All the Earth (Acts 17:22-34) – Fri.

  12. The Herald of the Unhindered Word (Acts 26:19-32; 28:16-31) – Fri.