Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 27:1-44 - 8th October 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 27
  2. What characters are mentioned?
  3. What places are mentioned?
    1. Where does Paul start and where does Paul end up?
  4. What are repeated words/phrases?
  5. What questions do you have after reading through the chapter?
  6. What is Festus' reaction to Paul's speech? What about King Agrippa's reaction?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Lookup any sailing phrases you don't understand (e.g. "under the lee", "putting out", etc.)
  2. What differences do you see between what Paul says in verse 10 and what he says in verse 22?
    1. What new information is introduced in verse 24?
    2. What ends up happening to the ship and to all those on board?
  3. How do the emotions of the people change throughout the chapter?
  4. The storm, and even the guards, threaten Paul's life.
    1. Why do you think Paul survives?
    2. Who keeps Paul alive?
    3. What does this teach you about God?
  5. What comparisons and contrasts can you make between this passage and Jonah 1:3-6?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do you learn from this passage about friendship?
    1. Do you have friends like Paul who will travel with you, care for your needs, look after you spiritually, etc.?
    2. How can you grow in your God-given friendships with others? 
    3. Do you have friends at church or elsewhere that could use your help (with material needs, spiritual encouragement, etc.)?
  2. Paul was given a promise by God through an angel.
    1. What promises has God given you through his Word?
    2. How do you know when a promise in scripture is meant for you? 
  3. What "storms" are threatening you this week?
    1. How can you grow in trusting God's words in your life?
in Acts

Acts 25:1-26:32 - 1st October 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 25:1-26:32
  2. What characters are mentioned?
  3. What are repeated words/phrases?
  4. Why did the Jewish leaders want Paul to stand trial in Jerusalem?
  5. What is Festus' reaction to Paul's speech? What about King Agrippa's reaction?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is similar between Festus & Felix (from chapter 24)?
  2. Why do the Jews continue to want to kill Paul? Why do the Romans or Gentiles seem not to?
  3. This is the third time in chapters 22-26 that we hear Paul's testimony.
    1. Why do you think the author, Luke, repeats Paul's testimony again?
    2. Do you notice any differences between this account and the previous ones?
    3. What would you say is the theme of Paul's testimony here?
  4. What did Jesus mean when he told Paul "it is hard for you to kick against the goads" in 26:14?
  5. Do you think that Paul's aim was to convince King Agrippa of his innocence or of the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Paul shares his testimony once again in Acts. How does this challenge you to grow in sharing your own testimony?
    1. What are some benefits of being able to share your personal testimony concisely?
    2. Why do you think it's good or helpful to share about sin and your life before Christ? (like Paul in 26:9-11)
    3. What are some ways you can adjust your testimony based on who is listening?
  2. Paul experiences different responses from Festus and Agrippa. What are some different responses that someone might have to your testimony?
    1. Should that affect what you share? 
    2. Should that affect how you share?
  3. How do you handle situations where you are criticized for what you believe?
    1. How can you learn from Paul's response to King Agrippa in 26:29?

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