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 Acts

Acts 9:32–10:48 - 30th January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read each section and answer the following  questions: (sections: Acts 9:32–43, Acts 10:1–8, Acts 10:9–29, Acts 10:30–43, Acts 10:44–48)
    1. Who is mentioned and how are they described?
    2. What happens and how does it happen?
    3. What is the result?
    4. What speech is included?
      1. Who speaks?
      2. What commands are given?
      3. How do they respond?
    5. What do the characters say about what happens?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do you think is the purpose of Peter's healing ministry?
  2. What is significant about Cornelius?
  3. What does Peter's vision of the sheet and animals teach him?
    1. What does it mean for something to be "common or unclean"?
    2. Why did he need to see it so many times?
    3. How does this help us understand the purpose of the Old Testament food laws?
  4. How does this help us understand the amazement of 10:44–48?
  5. How would you summarize the message of this passage?
  6. What conclusions does Peter draw from all that happened?
  7. How does God make clean what was considered unclean?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Who is "unclean" and therefore "unworthy" or "unable" to receive the gospel in your mind? (Repent of your prejudices)
  2. How can we as a church celebrate and promote unity in diversity? What would it look like for this aspect of the gospel to grow in our community?
  3. What do the examples of Peter and Cornelius teach us about God's sovereignty in our personal evangelism? What might we learn as we seek to share the gospel with others?

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