Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 9:1–31 - 23rd January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 9:1–31
  2. Who is mentioned?
    1. What do we learn about each character mentioned?
  3. What places are mentioned?
    1. Where does the passage begin and where does it end?
  4. What are repeated words/phrases?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What happened to Saul in the passage?
    1. Who confronts Saul and why?
    2. How does Saul respond?
    3. Who helps Saul and how?
    4. How does Saul change?
  2. What is Saul commissioned to do and why?
  3. Why are the disciples fearful of Saul?
  4. How do the Jews and Hellenists respond to Saul and why?
  5. How does God use Saul in v. 31?
  6. What is the main point of the passage?
  7. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Are there people you think God would never save? How does Saul's story remind you of God's sovereignty in salvation?
    1. Pray for those people to be saved.
  2. How do you need to grow in your bold proclamation of the gospel despite opposition?
  3. How can sharing our testimonies encourage us to preach boldly (vv. 27–28)?
  4. What does it look like to walk "in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit?"
in Acts

Acts 8:4–40 - 16th January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 8:4–25
    1. Context: What had scattered the disciples?
    2. Who is mentioned?
    3. What are repeated words, phrases, ideas?
    4. Identify similarities and contrasts mentioned in the passage.
    5. What did those who were scattered do?
    6. Where did Philip go and what did he do?
      1. What was the result?
    7. Who was Simon and what did he do?
  2. Read Acts 8:26–40
    1. Where did God lead Philip and who did he meet? How is this man described?
    2. What does Philip ask him?
    3. What passage is he reading?
    4. What does he ask Philip?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Acts 8:4–25
    1. What is significant about this region? (Look back at the theme verse of the book – Acts 1:8)
      1. How is this a turning point in the book of Acts? How might that help us interpret these verses?
    2. What does v.4 teach us about God's plans for advancing the gospel?
    3. How do Philip and Simon differ?
    4. Why did the apostles from Jerusalem go to Samaria?
    5. What was wrong with Simon's request? What was he seeking?
  2. Acts 8:26–40
    1. Why did the Spirit send Philip to the Eunuch?
    2. Why was it not enough for this man to have the Scriptures? What did this man need?
    3. How did Philip minister to him?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from Philip's example? What about Simon's?
    1. What do we learn about ministry and evangelism?
  2. How are you sharing the good news about Christ and kingdom of God? In what ways does this passage encourage us to do so?

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