Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 12 - 13th February, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 12:1–25 
  2. Who is mentioned?
  3. What happens?
    1. Who does what?
    2. How is it described?
    3. Are reasons given?
  4. Look for repeated words, phrases, ideas.

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is significant about the timing of these things? (v.3b, 4)
  2. Does this story connect with any others? How so?
  3. Why does James' death please the Jews? 
  4. What's significant about the description of Peter's imprisonment and release? What do the details of the description emphasize?
  5. What significance does Herod's actions and ultimately his death show?
  6. What does it mean that "the word of God increased and multiplied"? Why do you think it is stated this way?
  7. What themes or ideas in this passage relate to the gospel and how so?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do we learn about God from this passage?
  2. What can we learn from the various examples in this passage? [Consider both positive and negative examples]
  3. What does it look like to "give God the glory" (v. 23)?
  4. How can you apply these things to your life this week? How might your life look different in your home, work, and relationships?
in Daniel

Daniel 2 - 28th November, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 2
  2. What does the king command? What is unusual about his request?
  3. How do all the Chaldean "wisemen" respond?
  4. How do Daniel and his friends respond? 
    1. What does he request?
    2. What happens?
    3. What does Daniel praise God for?
  5. What does Daniel tell the king?
    1. Who does Daniel give credit to?
    2. Describe the dream and its interpretation.
  6. How does the king respond?
    1. What does he say?
    2. What does he do?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What connections are there with chapter 1?
    1. Consider similarities and contrasts.
  2. Why was Nebuchadnezzar troubled by his dream?
    1. Why does he not want to tell his dream?
  3. What do the Chaldean "wisemen" conclude? What does this highlight for the reader?
  4. What do Daniel's actions and words tell us about him?
  5. What do we learn about God in this text?
    1. What are some key verses which emphasize this?
  6. What is the mystery God reveals and how does it connect with the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can you praise God in light of the passage?
  2. How does the knowledge of these truths about God affect our view of the people and circumstances of our lives? (Consider the people/circumstances that the original readers faced)
  3. What can we learn from Daniel's example?

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