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in Acts

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?

2 Timothy 4:1–8 - December 6th, 2019

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read 2 Timothy 4:1–8
  2. What repeated words or themes do you see?
  3. Who are the people mentioned?
  4. Who did Paul charge Timothy in the presence of?
  5. What did Paul charge Timothy to do?
  6. When did Paul tell Timothy to be ready for this?
  7. Why will people not endure sound teaching according to Paul?
  8. What stage of life is Paul writing from?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. What does 'by his appearing and his kingdom' mean in v. 1?
  3. What does it mean to have 'itching ears' in v. 3?
  4. What is the work of an evangelist in v. 5?
  5. What type of judgment does Paul expect from the Lord?
  6. What does it mean to 'have loved his appearing' in v. 8?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can you pray for those who preach the Word (elders) to you from this passage?
  2. How can you guard yourself from having 'itching ears'?
    1. How can you guard your fellow members from this?
  3. How does Christ's second coming motivate you to be faithful in this life?
  4. How can you encourage fellow church members to look forward to Christ's coming?
  5. Sing Never Cease to Praise to God and to one another.

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