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 James

James 3:1–12 - 12th December, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 3:1–12
  2. Who is James addressing?
  3. What does he tell them?
  4. What illustrations does he use?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What reasons does James give for his warning?
    1. Why is this particularly pertinent for teachers (v.1)? 
    2. What do the illustrations help us see about the tongue?
      1. How does the tongue "guide" our whole body/life?
    3. What does it mean that the tongue is
      1. "a world of unrighteousness" (v.6a)?
      2. "staining the whole body" (v.6b)?
      3. "setting on fire the entire course of life" (v.6c)?
      4. "set on fire by hell" (v.6d)?
      5. "a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (v.8)?
      6. What is James trying to emphasize?
  2. Why can no human being tame the tongue?
    1. What hope is there for us then?
  3. What do v.9–10 teach us about 
    1. How we use our tongues
    2. What that reveals about us
  4. Consider v.11–12.
    1. What is the logic that these rhetorical questions and images teach us about words and the Christian life?
    2. How do these verses connect our behaviours with our identity?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Confess ways from the last week that you have used your tongue/words in sinful ways which are unbecoming of a Christian. (Perhaps even go to that person and ask for forgiveness)
  2. How does the gospel empower you to tame the untamable tongue? What might that actually look like as you seek to battle using your tongue for evil?
  3. How do you treat poor Christians?
    1. Why is this a sign of if you are a true Christian or not?

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