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Acts 5:12–42 - 24th October, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 5:12–42
  2. Who is mentioned?
  3. Where are they?
  4. What are they doing?
  5. Compare and contrast the different groups (apostles and religious leaders).

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why were the high-priest and Sadducees jealous of the apostles (v.17)? 
  2. What are "all the words of this Life" referring to (v.20)?
  3. How would you summarize Gamaliel's advice (v.35–39)? What does he conclude?
  4. Why do the apostles rejoice for being "counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name [of Jesus]" (v. 41)?
  5. What does it mean that "the Christ is Jesus" (v. 42)?
  6. What sections do you see in this passage? How would you summarize the whole passage? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What confidence does this passage give believers?
  2. What truth surprises you most from this passage? How should these truths change the way you live this week?
  3. What ways are you tempted to avoid being dishonored for following Christ?
  4. How can we rejoice when we suffer dishonor for Jesus' sake?

Acts 2:22–46 - 2 October 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 2:22–46
    1. What happened in the previous context?
    2. What ideas/words/themes are repeated?
  2. Acts 2:22–36
    1. Who is speaking and who is he addressing?
    2. Who and what is mentioned? What argument is being made?
    3. How is it being made?
  3. Acts 2:37–47
    1. How does the crowd respond?
    2. How is the community described?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How would you divide up Peter's sermon?
    1. What points are being made?
    2. What is "the definite plan and foreknowledge of God" (v.23)? If it was God's plan why are they guilty?
    3. How do the quotes support his argument?
    4. What is the conclusion?
  2. What does it mean to be "cut to the heart" (v.37)?
  3. What does it mean that God's promises are for "everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself" (v.39)?
  4. What is descriptive and what is prescriptive from v.42–47? How do you decide?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What difference do the truths of Peter's sermon make for today and everyday?
  2. In what ways are we (personally and corporately) falling short of the example in v.42–47?
  3. How can the truths of this passage help us grow into a community like theirs?
  4. Praise God for making Jesus both Lord and Christ!

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