Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 5:12–42 - 24th October, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 5:12–42
  2. Who is mentioned?
  3. Where are they?
  4. What are they doing?
  5. Compare and contrast the different groups (apostles and religious leaders).

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why were the high-priest and Sadducees jealous of the apostles (v.17)? 
  2. What are "all the words of this Life" referring to (v.20)?
  3. How would you summarize Gamaliel's advice (v.35–39)? What does he conclude?
  4. Why do the apostles rejoice for being "counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name [of Jesus]" (v. 41)?
  5. What does it mean that "the Christ is Jesus" (v. 42)?
  6. What sections do you see in this passage? How would you summarize the whole passage? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What confidence does this passage give believers?
  2. What truth surprises you most from this passage? How should these truths change the way you live this week?
  3. What ways are you tempted to avoid being dishonored for following Christ?
  4. How can we rejoice when we suffer dishonor for Jesus' sake?
in Acts

Acts 4:1–31 - 17th October, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 4:1–31
  2. What was the result of Peter's sermon from Acts 3? (see vv. 1–4)
  3. What ideas/words/themes are repeated?
  4. What locations are mentioned?
  5. Who is mentioned?
  6. What Old Testament passages are cited/alluded to?
  7. What questions are asked?
    1. What are the answers to those questions?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why did the religious leaders arrest Peter and John?
  2. What 'sign' is referred to in v. 16 and 22?
  3. How did the apostles respond to the command "not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus"? (vv. 23–31)
    1. How do they interpret Psalm 2? (vv. 27–30)
  4. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  5. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How do you respond when your gospel proclamation is opposed?
  2. How do you need to grow in speaking Jesus' name?
  3. What can we learn from their prayer in vv. 24–30?

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