Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 2:1–21 - 26 September 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 2:1–21
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. Who is mentioned in the passage?
  4. What reactions are mentioned?
  5. What Old Testament Passages are quoted?
  6. What contrasts are presented?
  7. What places/times are mentioned?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is the day of Pentecost in v. 1?
  2. What 'tongues' were the disciples speaking?
  3. What are 'the mighty works of God' in v. 11?
  4. Why does Peter quote from Joel? What is his argument?
  5. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  6. What was Luke's aim in writing this?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Have you called on the name of the Lord for salvation?
  2. When was the last time you proclaimed the mighty works of God?
    1. Who needs to hear about the gospel in your life?
  3. Praise God for sending us the Spirit!

Acts 1:12–26 - 18 September, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 1:12–26
  2. What happened in the previous context?
  3. What ideas/words/themes are repeated in
    1. this passage?
    2. from the beginning of Acts?
  4. Acts 1:12–14
    1. What did the disciples do and why?
    2. Who was there? (Any surprises?)
    3. How is it described?
  5. Acts 1:14–26
    1. Summarize what Peter says.
    2. What qualifications are mentioned?
    3. How did they make their decision?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How does Luke characterize the disciples?
  2. Why was it important to replace Judas?
    1. Why do you think Luke tells us about Judas' fate?
  3. What do we learn about Scripture?
  4. What does it mean to cast lots?
    1. Why do you think they did this? What does it show according to the text?
    2. Should we make decisions today in this way? Why or why not?
  5. How does their witness and ministry compare and contrast with ours?
  6. What aspects of the gospel are mentioned in this passage? What is not? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should we imitate the apostles? How shouldn't we?
  2. How does this passage give us confidence as Christians?

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