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Acts 22:30-23:35 - 17th September 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 22:30-23:35 
  2. What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
  3. What problems arise in the narrative?
  4. What facts did Paul testify about in Jerusalem? (23:11)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. When Paul stood before the council, he told them he had "lived his life before God in all good conscience up to this day."
    1. Was Paul suggesting he had never sinned?
    2. Why did he say this?
  2. What does it mean to be a whitewashed tomb in verse 3? (cross-reference Matthew 23:27) 
  3. In verse 6, why does Paul change the focus from keeping the Law to his hope in the Resurrection?
    1. Was Paul's statement here just a ruse, or was it true?
  4. How do you see the Lord's providence at work in these verses?
    1. Was it a coincidence that Paul found out about the plot to kill him?
    2. What is God's purpose in these things? (verse 11; cross-reference 2 Timothy 4:17)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Can you say with Paul that you've "lived your life before God in all good conscience up until this day"?
    1. How can you grow in integrity before God and man?
  2. Being a whitewashed tomb means that you only "clean" the parts of your life that are seen by others.
    1. Are you tempted to change who you are based on who you're around?
    2. Are you ever motivated to do good works just so that others will notice?
    3. How can you grow in fearing God rather than man?
  3. How do you see the Lord's providence at work in your own life?
    1. What is God's purpose in providing for you and preserving you thus far?

Acts 21:17-22:29 - 10th September 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 21:17-22:29 (It may help to read Acts 21:1-16 to remember the context from last week)
  2. What locations or settings are mentioned?
  3. What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
  4. What problems arise in the narrative?
  5. How would you summarize the plan of James and the elders in verses 22-25?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1.  What do the Jews say about Paul? (21:21, 28-29)
    1. Are there charges true? False? Partially true? (cross reference Acts 16:1-3)
  2. Paul participates in a "Nazarite vow" in order to disprove the rumors of the Jews (Numbers 6:1-21 describes the vow process).
    1. Why do you think Paul was so concerned about what the Jews thought of him?
    2. Why did he show himself in the temple, despite the danger?
  3. Earlier in chapter 21, Agabus prophesied about Paul being "bound" in Jerusalem. How do you see this fulfilled in these verses?
  4. Why do you think Paul decided to address the people in the Hebrew language? (21:40-22:21)
    1. What message does he try to communicate?
  5. Do you see any similarities/differences between Paul's capture in Jerusalem and Jesus'? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Paul courageously tries to show himself as a Jew and to therefore be above reproach to those who wanted to condemn him.
    1. How can we learn from Paul here?
    2. How can we grow in having a clear conscience and being ready to give a defense to outsiders? (1 Peter 3:14-17)
    3. What can you do to grow in your own assurance and trust in God--even in difficult circumstances?
  2. Paul is also quick to share his testimony--the story of the gospel and his faith in Jesus.
    1. What is your testimony? Would you be able to share it in 3-5 minutes if an opportunity came?
    2. How can you practice sharing your testimony this week?
    3. Paul briefly describes the gospel in verse 16 (Jesus washes away our sin when we repent and call on His name). Why is it important not to leave out the gospel when we share how Jesus has changed our lives?

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