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Acts Overview - 22nd October 2021

This Bible Study will be a bit different from our normal Bible Study Guides because it covers an entire book of the Bible instead of a chapter or a few verses. If you have time, it may be a great help to read back over the entire book and see what things you didn't notice the first time around. It takes a little more than 2 hours to read Acts, so if you set aside 20-30 minutes a day, you can finish in a week!

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Flip through the book of Acts for 10-15 minutes.
    1. What do you think are some of the most important events?
    2. Who are the major characters?
    3. Do you notice any repeated themes or ideas throughout the book?
  2. Read Acts 1:1-11; 28:23-31
    1. Do you notice any similarities between the beginning and the end?
    2. Any repeated words or ideas?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How would you outline this book (e.g. what is the structure?)
    1. Look for changes in the main characters or geopgraphy.
    2. Does Acts 1:8 help you see the structure of Acts? Why or why not?
  2. Take a few minutes and write a one-sentence summary of the whole book. Compare with others.
  3. Maybe this was your first time reading the book of Acts, or perhaps it was your 100th.
    1. What are some new things you have learned?
    2. Did anything new stand out to you?
    3. What events from the book do you think are most important for Christians today?
    4. What was your favorite part of the book?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How has this book changed you or challenged you in the last 28 chapters?
    1. What do you want to remember most about the Christians in the book of Acts?
  2. What's one verse you can memorize from the book of Acts?
  3. Since we began studying Acts, have you been able to share the gospel with anyone?
    1. If so, how did it go? What do you need to do to continue to be a witness for Jesus?
    2.  If not, what's been holding you back? 
  4. Who is someone that you can share your one-sentence summary with?
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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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