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in Acts

Acts 20 – 21st May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 20
  2. What is the setting? What locations are mentioned?
  3. What people are mentioned?
  4. What are repeated words/phrases?
  5. What commands does Paul give in his speech? (vv. 17–35)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why does Luke include the the story of Eutychus?
  2. Why does Paul want to be in Jerusalem if trials and suffering await him?
  3. How does Paul describe his life to the Ephesian elders? How is this a model for elders today?
  4. How does Paul describe his teaching to the Ephesian elders? How is this a model for elders today?
  5. How was false teaching a danger for the Ephesian church?
  6. How did the gospel change Paul's life? How does Paul preach the gospel to Christians in this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Pray for the elders to pay careful attention to their own lives and the whole church.
  2. Pray for the elders to remain faithful to teach God's word.
  3. How can you take on Paul's selfless attitude in v. 19 and 24?
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in James

James 4:13–5:6 - 14th May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 4:13–5:6
  2. Who does James address?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  4. What commands are given to each?
  5. What reasons are given?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about God?
  2. Why is it boastful to make definite claims about the future?
  3. What does v. 17 mean?
  4. What have the rich been doing?
  5. What is going to happen to them?
  6. What aspects (God, Man, Christ, Response) of the gospel are touched on in this passage?
  7. How does the gospel re-orient us to resist boastful planning, selfish-indulgence and defrauding others?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should we plan and talk about the future?
    1. How are you tempted to be arrogant and boastful about your future?
    2. How does this view of God correct that? 
  2. Are you tempted to lay up treasures for yourself? How might this passage help you fight that? How do these truths warn you?
  3. Have you been defrauded? How do the truths of this passage comfort you?

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