Sermon Bible Study Guides

Acts 21:17-22:29 - 10th September 2021

What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 21:17-22:29 (It may help to read Acts 21:1-16 to remember the context from last week)
  2. What locations or settings are mentioned?
  3. What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
  4. What problems arise in the narrative?
  5. How would you summarize the plan of James and the elders in verses 22-25?

What does it mean?

  1.  What do the Jews say about Paul? (21:21, 28-29)
    1. Are there charges true? False? Partially true? (cross reference Acts 16:1-3)
  2. Paul participates in a "Nazarite vow" in order to disprove the rumors of the Jews (Numbers 6:1-21 describes the vow process).
    1. Why do you think Paul was so concerned about what the Jews thought of him?
    2. Why did he show himself in the temple, despite the danger?
  3. Earlier in chapter 21, Agabus prophesied about Paul being "bound" in Jerusalem. How do you see this fulfilled in these verses?
  4. Why do you think Paul decided to address the people in the Hebrew language? (21:40-22:21)
    1. What message does he try to communicate?
  5. Do you see any similarities/differences between Paul's capture in Jerusalem and Jesus'? 

How should it change us?

  1. Paul courageously tries to show himself as a Jew and to therefore be above reproach to those who wanted to condemn him.
    1. How can we learn from Paul here?
    2. How can we grow in having a clear conscience and being ready to give a defense to outsiders? (1 Peter 3:14-17)
    3. What can you do to grow in your own assurance and trust in God--even in difficult circumstances?
  2. Paul is also quick to share his testimony--the story of the gospel and his faith in Jesus.
    1. What is your testimony? Would you be able to share it in 3-5 minutes if an opportunity came?
    2. How can you practice sharing your testimony this week?
    3. Paul briefly describes the gospel in verse 16 (Jesus washes away our sin when we repent and call on His name). Why is it important not to leave out the gospel when we share how Jesus has changed our lives?
in Mark

Mark 2:13-3:6 - October 27th 2017

What was the purposes of the Law?

Read Mark 2:13-22

  1. What do the scribes of the Pharisees question about Jesus? Why is that question concerning to them?
  2. How does Jesus answer? What does his answer show about his ministry?
  3. How does the Pharisees’ question about Jesus eating with tax collectors and sinners reflect possible concerns the reader could have about Jesus calling Levi to follow him?
  4. What difference is there in the next story about Jesus’ disciples and those of John and the Pharisees? Why is their lack of fasting concerning?
  5. How does Jesus explain why his disciples aren’t fasting? How do verses 21-22 relate to the first part of his explanation?
  6. What do these two stories have in common?


  1. How should Jesus’ teaching inform the way we think about ourselves as his disciples? How we treat those who want to follow him?
  2. How should Jesus’ teaching inform the way we think about fasting?


Read Mark 2:23-3:6

  1. What were Jesus disciples doing that the Pharisees objected to?
  2. Jesus uses a story from the life of King David when he was fleeing Saul (1 Sam. 21). What is the point he makes from this story?
  3. What did Jesus do in the synagogue that people objected to? Why did they object to it?
  4. How does Jesus respond to this objection?
  5. What do these two stories have in common?
  6. What is Jesus teaching about the Sabbath?
  7. Pulling all four stories together, what stands out about the Pharisees’ understanding of the Old Testament Law (the way it taught about sinfulness, fasting, and the Sabbath)? What stands out about Jesus’ view of it?
  8. Why can Jesus speak in the way he does?


  1. What principle from Jesus’ behavior in all these situations can we apply to our lives?
  2. What does this passage teach about how we should view other people?
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