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05/19/19 Study Questions

Part 4: Boldly Living With Friends and Foes (Acts 9:32-12:24)

 

1.   How can church activity become a distraction from our real mission of loving God and telling others about Him?


2.  When was the last time you shared the good news about Jesus with someone?  Why did you share on that occasion?


     a)  If it's been a long time, what do you think distracts you from doing it more regularly?


3.  Compare Acts 2:13 with Acts 10:46.  What is the implication of the word 'tongues' being the same in both events?


     a)  What evidences of the Spirit do we see in other believers that connects us?


4.  Peter was criticized and pressured by the church because they were threatened by change and by others (who were not like them) accepting Christ as their Savior.  How comfortable are you with diversity in the church?


     a)  To what degree are you open to changing the traditional way we 'do church' (programs and activities) in order to reach people far from God?


5)  How are you deliberately connecting with those who don't know Jesus?




05/12/19 Study Questions

Part 3: Boldly Breaking Through our Fears (Acts 6:8-9:31)

 

1.  What's a personal fear of yours that actually prevents you from doing something?  Why does it stop you?


     a)  What fear/s stop you being a more effective witness for Jesus?



2.  Read Acts 6:3-5, 8-11.  Stephen was a bold witness for Jesus even though he knew it would likely cause him to be rejected by the Jewish leaders.  Does the desire to be accepted ever stop you from doing what you know God wants you to do?  Why/why not?


3.  Read Acts 7:59-8:4.  The Christians scattered from Jerusalem by persecution embraced the sudden change of being displaced and starting new lives in unfamiliar surroundings, because they believed God had prepared them for the new places they lived.  What unexpected and undesired changes in your life could be things God has deliberately used to help you be a witness for Him?


4.  Read Acts 8:5-8, 26-31.  When God told Philip to leave his exciting, effective ministry in Samaria and go to the road to Gaza, Philip obeyed even though he didn't know any details. 


     a)  Do you ever sometimes refuse to obey God because you don't know the details?  Why?


     b)  Share a time when you have obeyed God without knowing the details or likely outcome.  What happened?  What did you learn?


5.  Read Acts 9:1-6, 10-16.  Saul seemed the most inadequate person to be a leader in the church, but he had confidence he was chosen by God.  


     a)  Read Ephesians 2:10.  How does knowing you are chosen and called by God make a difference to your fear of being inadequate?


     b)  Ananias was afraid of Paul but he trusted God's word more than his feelings.  What can you do to become more confident that God is in control?


6.  Which of the following fears holds you back the most from being a witness of Jesus: rejection, change, lack of control, inadequacy, being different?  Why?  


     a)  What's a promise from God in the Bible that could help you overcome that fear?


     b)  What is one thing you could do this week to overcome that fear?



05/05/19 Study Questions

Part 2: Boldly Witnessing by the Power of the Spirit (Acts 1:1-6:7)

 

1.  What do you picture or think of when you think of someone 'empowered' or 'filled' by the Holy Spirit?


     a)  Do you see yourself as being like this?  Why/why not?


2.  In the first 6 chapters of Acts Luke intentionally illustrates the radical change in the way God interacts with His people by comparing the 'before' and 'after' of the events of Pentecost.  Discuss how each of the following things changed, trying to find biblical references to support your opinion...


     a)  The Temple in Jerusalem


     b)  The Holy Spirit


     c)  The Jewish Feasts


3.  Read Ephesians 1:17-23, 2 Timothy 1:7-8 and Daniel 7:13-14.  What does it practically mean to have the full power and authority of God because we have the Spirit of God living in us?


4.  Read Luke 24:45-49 and Acts 1:8-9.  What is the link between the Mission of God and the Spirit of God?


5.  What's going on in your life right now that's making you aware of your need for the Spirit of God instead of your ability?


6.  Share and pray for each other's weaknesses and opportunities to witness, and that you'll live and speak boldly for God.



04/28/19 Study Questions

Part 1: Introduction - Boldly Embracing the Mission (Acts 1-28)

 

1. Split into pairs and pray for each other before you start.

 

2. How does a lack of clarity affect your confidence as a witness for Jesus?

 

3. Read Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15, 1 Peter 2:12


            a)  How prepared are you to share your faith journey with others who don’t know Jesus?


            b)  Break into pairs and share your conversion story.  Give feedback on how each other can be more confident and clear.

 

4. We are called to be witnesses locally.  Share with the group who you are taking the message to and how the group can be praying for you and your friends.

 

5. Read 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 1 John 2:20-27


            a)  Discuss how the Holy Spirit acted in the Old Testament verses now.


            b)  Reflect on how the indwelling of the Spirit changes the way you live.