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Acts 20 – 21st May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 20
  2. What is the setting? What locations are mentioned?
  3. What people are mentioned?
  4. What are repeated words/phrases?
  5. What commands does Paul give in his speech? (vv. 17–35)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why does Luke include the the story of Eutychus?
  2. Why does Paul want to be in Jerusalem if trials and suffering await him?
  3. How does Paul describe his life to the Ephesian elders? How is this a model for elders today?
  4. How does Paul describe his teaching to the Ephesian elders? How is this a model for elders today?
  5. How was false teaching a danger for the Ephesian church?
  6. How did the gospel change Paul's life? How does Paul preach the gospel to Christians in this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Pray for the elders to pay careful attention to their own lives and the whole church.
  2. Pray for the elders to remain faithful to teach God's word.
  3. How can you take on Paul's selfless attitude in v. 19 and 24?
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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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