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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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Acts 4:1–31 - 17th October, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 4:1–31
  2. What was the result of Peter's sermon from Acts 3? (see vv. 1–4)
  3. What ideas/words/themes are repeated?
  4. What locations are mentioned?
  5. Who is mentioned?
  6. What Old Testament passages are cited/alluded to?
  7. What questions are asked?
    1. What are the answers to those questions?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why did the religious leaders arrest Peter and John?
  2. What 'sign' is referred to in v. 16 and 22?
  3. How did the apostles respond to the command "not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus"? (vv. 23–31)
    1. How do they interpret Psalm 2? (vv. 27–30)
  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 do you respond when your gospel proclamation is opposed?
  2. How do you need to grow in speaking Jesus' name?
  3. What can we learn from their prayer in vv. 24–30?

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