Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 15:1–35 - 27th March, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 15:1–35
  2. Who is mentioned in the passage? What different leaders are present?
  3. What conflict occurs in vv. 1–5?
  4. Which two leaders give speeches in vv. 6–21?
  5. What is the resolution to the conflict?
  6. How do the Gentile believers respond?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What was wrong with the men from Judea's teaching in v. 1?
  2. Why did the apostles, elders, and church need to make a definitive decision about it?
  3. How did Peter seek to persuade the group? How did James do the same?
  4. Why did James give them a list of things to abstain from in v. 20?
    1. Do these apply to us today, why or why not?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from how the apostles, elders, and the whole church protected the gospel?
  2. How are you tempted to return to works, and not rely on the gospel of grace for your salvation?
  3. How can we unintentionally lay burdens on people that teach salvation by works?
  4. How are you seeking to strengthen and encourage the believers of other church?
in Acts

Acts 14 – 20th March, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 14:1–28
  2. Where do Paul and Barnabas go?
    1. What similarities/differences are there between the second part of their journey and the first part (Acts 13)?
    2. How long do they stay in each place?
  3. Who else is mentioned in each place?
  4. What do Paul and Barnabas do?
    1. How do the people respond?
    2. What do they say?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why did people want to sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas? What's wrong with that?
  2. What do we learn about God in this chapter?
  3. Why did they return to places they'd already shared the gospel (v. 21)?
  4. Why "through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" (v.22)? What is the kingdom of God? When and how do we enter it?
  5. Why do they return to Antioch do you think?
    1. What do they do there? Why is it important?
  6. What does it mean that "a door of faith" had been opened? Who opened it?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from their response to persecution?
  2. What ways might you encourage and strengthen brothers and sisters in light of this passage and their example?
  3. How should we think about our tribulations and suffering?
  4. How do we see the gospel lived out in these verses? What might that look like for us at Covenant Hope?

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