Sermon Bible Study Guides

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?
in Acts

Acts 1:1–11 - 11 September, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 1:1–11
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. Who is mentioned in the passage?
  4. Who wrote this book?
  5. What places/times are mentioned?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What does the author mean when referring to Jesus' suffering in v. 3?
  2. Why did Jesus order the apostles not to depart from Jerusalem in v. 4?
  3. What is the difference between the 'kingdom of Israel' and the 'kingdom of God'?
  4. What is the ascension and what is the significance of it?
  5. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  6. Summarize the passage in one sentence.

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How do you see the power of the Holy Spirit at work in your evangelism?
  2. How often do you view your circumstances in light of the second coming of Jesus Christ?
  3. How are you tempted to worry in seasons of waiting on the Lord?