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Acts 9:32–10:48 - 30th January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read each section and answer the following  questions: (sections: Acts 9:32–43, Acts 10:1–8, Acts 10:9–29, Acts 10:30–43, Acts 10:44–48)
    1. Who is mentioned and how are they described?
    2. What happens and how does it happen?
    3. What is the result?
    4. What speech is included?
      1. Who speaks?
      2. What commands are given?
      3. How do they respond?
    5. What do the characters say about what happens?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do you think is the purpose of Peter's healing ministry?
  2. What is significant about Cornelius?
  3. What does Peter's vision of the sheet and animals teach him?
    1. What does it mean for something to be "common or unclean"?
    2. Why did he need to see it so many times?
    3. How does this help us understand the purpose of the Old Testament food laws?
  4. How does this help us understand the amazement of 10:44–48?
  5. How would you summarize the message of this passage?
  6. What conclusions does Peter draw from all that happened?
  7. How does God make clean what was considered unclean?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Who is "unclean" and therefore "unworthy" or "unable" to receive the gospel in your mind? (Repent of your prejudices)
  2. How can we as a church celebrate and promote unity in diversity? What would it look like for this aspect of the gospel to grow in our community?
  3. What do the examples of Peter and Cornelius teach us about God's sovereignty in our personal evangelism? What might we learn as we seek to share the gospel with others?

Acts 1:12–26 - 18 September, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 1:12–26
  2. What happened in the previous context?
  3. What ideas/words/themes are repeated in
    1. this passage?
    2. from the beginning of Acts?
  4. Acts 1:12–14
    1. What did the disciples do and why?
    2. Who was there? (Any surprises?)
    3. How is it described?
  5. Acts 1:14–26
    1. Summarize what Peter says.
    2. What qualifications are mentioned?
    3. How did they make their decision?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How does Luke characterize the disciples?
  2. Why was it important to replace Judas?
    1. Why do you think Luke tells us about Judas' fate?
  3. What do we learn about Scripture?
  4. What does it mean to cast lots?
    1. Why do you think they did this? What does it show according to the text?
    2. Should we make decisions today in this way? Why or why not?
  5. How does their witness and ministry compare and contrast with ours?
  6. What aspects of the gospel are mentioned in this passage? What is not? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should we imitate the apostles? How shouldn't we?
  2. How does this passage give us confidence as Christians?

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