Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 24:1-27 - 24th September 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 24:1-27 
  2. What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
  3. Who is Tertullus and what is his case against Paul?
  4. What is the basis of Paul's hope? (v. 14-15)
  5. Even though Felix knew that Paul was innocent, why did he leave Paul in prison?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How is Tertullus' speech similar or different to Paul's? (v. 2, 10)
  2. Paul takes a different strategy in his speech than in ch. 22. 
    1. What does Paul do differently?
    2. Why do you think doesn't he take this opportunity to share his testimony?
  3. Felix knew about the Way, but he neither seemed to condemn it nor follow it.
    1. Why do you think that Felix "put off" the Way?
    2. What might be keeping him from making a spiritual decision?
    3. What's the danger in postponing a decision to follow Jesus?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Have you ever been wrongly accused?
    1. What would be a sinful response to being wrongly accused?
    2. Can you describe yourself as "having a clear conscience towards both God and man"?
    3. How can you learn from Paul's attitude and defense when he was accused wrongly?
  2. God had just told Paul to take the gospel to Rome in Acts 23:11, yet Paul was now put into prison for more than 2 years.
    1. How do you think Paul thought about his time in Prison? Do you think he felt forgotten by God?
    2. Is there something in your life that you're waiting for?
    3. How can you grow in patience as you wait, knowing that God's timing may be different than your own? 
in James

James 5:7-12 - 13th August, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 5:7-12.
  2. Who does James address?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  4. What commands are given?
  5. What reasons are given?
  6. Do we see anything that connects to other sections of James?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about God?
  2. Why is it important that the readers be patient? What might be causing them to be impatient?
  3. What does it mean to "establish your hearts"?
  4. How is grumbling (or not grumbling) related to patience?
  5. What do we learn about suffering and patience when we think about the steadfastness of Job?
  6. How is verse 12 connected to the rest of the passage?
  7. What aspects (God, Man, Christ, Response) of the gospel are touched on in this passage?
    1. How does the gospel re-orient us to be patient in suffering?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should we act as we wait for the Lord?
    1. How are you tempted to be impatient with the Lord and his timing?
    2. How are you tempted to grumble or be impatient with one another?
  2. Are you suffering? Are you waiting?
    1. How could you be helped by the example of the prophets?
    2. How does the Lord's character of compassion and mercy impact your waiting and your suffering?
  3. Do you ever feel like people don't believe your "yes" or your "no"?
    1. Why might this be?
    2. Why should Christians care about the impact of their words without oaths?
    3. How can you grow in truthfulness with the things you say?

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