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in Acts

Acts 5:12–42 - 24th October, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 5:12–42
  2. Who is mentioned?
  3. Where are they?
  4. What are they doing?
  5. Compare and contrast the different groups (apostles and religious leaders).

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why were the high-priest and Sadducees jealous of the apostles (v.17)? 
  2. What are "all the words of this Life" referring to (v.20)?
  3. How would you summarize Gamaliel's advice (v.35–39)? What does he conclude?
  4. Why do the apostles rejoice for being "counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name [of Jesus]" (v. 41)?
  5. What does it mean that "the Christ is Jesus" (v. 42)?
  6. What sections do you see in this passage? How would you summarize the whole passage? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What confidence does this passage give believers?
  2. What truth surprises you most from this passage? How should these truths change the way you live this week?
  3. What ways are you tempted to avoid being dishonored for following Christ?
  4. How can we rejoice when we suffer dishonor for Jesus' sake?
in Acts

Acts 4:32–5:11 - 24th October, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 4:32–5:11
  2. What ideas/words/phrases are repeated?
  3. Who is mentioned?
    1. What does Luke tell us about Barnabas?
    2. What does Luke tell us about Ananias and Sapphira?
  4. What are the contrasts/comparisons?
  5. What words are used to describe the community of believers in 4:32–35?
  6. What questions are asked?
    1. What are the answers to those questions?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What sin did Ananias and Sapphira commit?
  2. How did Peter confront Ananias?
    1. What happened to Ananias and why?
    2. What was the result upon the church?
  3. How did Peter confront Ananias' wife?
    1. What are the differences between confrontations?
    2. What happened to Sapphira and why?
    3. What was the result upon the church?
  4. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  5. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How are you tempted to look generous to others while you're not being generous in your heart?
  2. How should we respond when secret sin is revealed in the church?
  3. What motivated Barnabas and the other believers to give in the right manner?
  4. How can we protect our church from secret sin?
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