Sermon Bible Study Guides

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!

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?