Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 28:1-31 - 15th October 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 28
  2. What characters are mentioned? Any new ones?
  3. How do people treat Paul throughout this chapter?
  4. What are repeated words/phrases?
  5. What chapter in Isaiah is quoted? (It may help to read more of that chapter for context)
  6. What questions do you have after reading through the chapter?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is the conclusion of the native people on Malta about Paul? (v4,6)
    1. What did the natives believe about their god to think that Paul would be punished for wrongdoing?
    2. Has Paul been worshiped like a god before in Acts?
    3. Do you think that Paul helped them to understand the true God, even though there is no written record of it here?
  2. "Brothers" are mentioned in vv14-15, and then Paul addresses "Brothers" in vers 17.
    1. Do you think these are the same groups of brothers or different?
    2. Why would Paul consider these different groups "brothers"?
  3. Why does Paul say he is imprisoned in verse 20?
    1. How is this different than other purpose statements Paul has given in Acts? (e.g. 23:6)
    2. What is the "hope of Israel"?
  4. Why does Paul continue to use Moses and the Prophets to convince people about Jesus?
    1. What Old Testament books would be included in "Moses and the Prophets"?
    2. Read Jesus' words from Luke 24:25-27, 44-49.
    3. Who does Jesus say that the law of Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms are written about?
    4. Why do you think that some Jews were convinced and some Jews were not (v.24)?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Paul aimed to convince his listeners about Jesus in verse 23.
    1. When is a recent time that you have aimed to convince someone about Jesus? What was their response?
    2. Mack Stiles defines evangelism as "teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade." What can you do to grow in your ability to persuade others about Jesus?
  2. Why do you think that not everyone is convinced by Paul in verse 24?
    1. Does it encourage you or discourage you in evangelism knowing that not everyone will believe what you say?
    2. What does it look like to trust God with the results of your words?
    3. What is a current "hindrance" to you in teaching about Jesus with boldness? How can you grow in that?
in Mark

Mark 10:17-31 - September 28th 2018

THe Rich Young Man

Read Mark 10:17-31 

  1. Who ran up and asked Jesus a question? What does Mark tell us about him? (v. 17, 22)
    1. What did the man call Jesus?
    2. What was Jesus' response to him? 
  2. What was the one thing Jesus told the man he lacked? Why did Jesus tell the man this?  (v. 21)
    1. What does the man's response (v. 22) tell us about the condition of his heart?
  3. Jesus says it is difficult for those with wealth to enter the kingdom of God (v. 23). Where else did Jesus talk about entrance into the kingdom of God in Mark 10?
    1. What does this tell us about entrance into the kingdom of God?
  4. What was the disciples' reaction to Jesus' words? (v. 24, 26)
    1. What does this tell us about their understanding of the kingdom of God and entrance into it?
  5. How is Peter and the disciple's response to Jesus different from the rich young man (v. 28)?
  6. What does Jesus promise to the disciples in response to Peter? (v. 29-31)

Application:

  1. What was the one thing the rich young man refused to give up to follow Jesus?
    1. How are you tempted to store up treasure on earth as opposed to treasure in heaven?
  2. How does Jesus' teaching in v. 27 encourage us in evangelism?
    1. Pray for one another to share the gospel boldly this week
  3. What are some things you have had to sacrifice to follow Jesus?
    1. How can we encourage one another with Jesus' words in v. 29-31?
    2. What are practical ways you can bear the burdens of those who have sacrificed for Christ?
  4. Pray for members of the church who have left family for the sake of Christ and the gospel to persevere and find encouragement in Christ.

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