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in Acts

Acts 8:4–40 - 16th January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 8:4–25
    1. Context: What had scattered the disciples?
    2. Who is mentioned?
    3. What are repeated words, phrases, ideas?
    4. Identify similarities and contrasts mentioned in the passage.
    5. What did those who were scattered do?
    6. Where did Philip go and what did he do?
      1. What was the result?
    7. Who was Simon and what did he do?
  2. Read Acts 8:26–40
    1. Where did God lead Philip and who did he meet? How is this man described?
    2. What does Philip ask him?
    3. What passage is he reading?
    4. What does he ask Philip?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Acts 8:4–25
    1. What is significant about this region? (Look back at the theme verse of the book – Acts 1:8)
      1. How is this a turning point in the book of Acts? How might that help us interpret these verses?
    2. What does v.4 teach us about God's plans for advancing the gospel?
    3. How do Philip and Simon differ?
    4. Why did the apostles from Jerusalem go to Samaria?
    5. What was wrong with Simon's request? What was he seeking?
  2. Acts 8:26–40
    1. Why did the Spirit send Philip to the Eunuch?
    2. Why was it not enough for this man to have the Scriptures? What did this man need?
    3. How did Philip minister to him?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from Philip's example? What about Simon's?
    1. What do we learn about ministry and evangelism?
  2. How are you sharing the good news about Christ and kingdom of God? In what ways does this passage encourage us to do so?
in James

James 3:1–12 - 12th December, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 3:1–12
  2. Who is James addressing?
  3. What does he tell them?
  4. What illustrations does he use?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What reasons does James give for his warning?
    1. Why is this particularly pertinent for teachers (v.1)? 
    2. What do the illustrations help us see about the tongue?
      1. How does the tongue "guide" our whole body/life?
    3. What does it mean that the tongue is
      1. "a world of unrighteousness" (v.6a)?
      2. "staining the whole body" (v.6b)?
      3. "setting on fire the entire course of life" (v.6c)?
      4. "set on fire by hell" (v.6d)?
      5. "a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (v.8)?
      6. What is James trying to emphasize?
  2. Why can no human being tame the tongue?
    1. What hope is there for us then?
  3. What do v.9–10 teach us about 
    1. How we use our tongues
    2. What that reveals about us
  4. Consider v.11–12.
    1. What is the logic that these rhetorical questions and images teach us about words and the Christian life?
    2. How do these verses connect our behaviours with our identity?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Confess ways from the last week that you have used your tongue/words in sinful ways which are unbecoming of a Christian. (Perhaps even go to that person and ask for forgiveness)
  2. How does the gospel empower you to tame the untamable tongue? What might that actually look like as you seek to battle using your tongue for evil?
  3. How do you treat poor Christians?
    1. Why is this a sign of if you are a true Christian or not?

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