Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 4:1–31 - 17th October, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 4:1–31
  2. What was the result of Peter's sermon from Acts 3? (see vv. 1–4)
  3. What ideas/words/themes are repeated?
  4. What locations are mentioned?
  5. Who is mentioned?
  6. What Old Testament passages are cited/alluded to?
  7. What questions are asked?
    1. What are the answers to those questions?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why did the religious leaders arrest Peter and John?
  2. What 'sign' is referred to in v. 16 and 22?
  3. How did the apostles respond to the command "not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus"? (vv. 23–31)
    1. How do they interpret Psalm 2? (vv. 27–30)
  4. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  5. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How do you respond when your gospel proclamation is opposed?
  2. How do you need to grow in speaking Jesus' name?
  3. What can we learn from their prayer in vv. 24–30?

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 - May 18th 2018

Sharing the Gospel & our lives

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

  1. What circumstances did Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy find themselves in through sharing the gospel?
    1. Why?
    2. What about the gospel would lead to these kinds of reactions?
    3. Does that mean the gospel is flawed/wrong?
  2. Why did they keep going if they were seeing this kind of response?
  3. What are their motives for preaching the gospel? What are not?
  4. What characterized the manner or way in which they shared the gospel?
  5. What else did they share with the Thessalonians and why?
  6. What kind of demands could they have made? What did they do instead?
  7. What did they exhort or encourage the Thessalonians to do? What does that mean/look like? 

Application:

  1. Are you sharing the gospel with others? How are they responding? What keeps you going? According to this passage what should?
  2. How are you sharing the gospel? (Consider actually how you do it, and what are your motives/character)
  3. Who are you sharing "your own selves"? How would you define what that means?
  4. How can we cultivate:
    1. endurance in suffering/being treated shamefully/conflict as a result of sharing the gospel?
    2. this kind of parental love/affection for others?
    3. this kind of attitude and boldness in sharing the gospel?
    4. walking in a manner worthy of God?