Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 6:8–8:3

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 6:8–8:3
  2. Who is primarily speaking in this passage?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. How does Luke describe Stephen?
  5. What accusations are made against Stephen?
  6. Who does Stephen reference in his speech?
  7. What different books of the Old Testament are quoted in his speech?
  8. What is the response to Stephen's speech?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why does Stephen reference different Old Testament figures? What point is he making?
  2. What new character is mentioned at the end of chapter 7, and why is he significant to Acts?
  3.  How does God use Stephen's life and ministry?
  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. What can we learn from Stephen's preaching of the gospel?
  2. What fears do you have in preaching the gospel and calling sinners to repent?
  3. How are you encouraging others to be faithful despite persecution?
in Acts

Acts 6:1–7 - 2nd January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 6:1–7
  2. Who is mentioned in this passage?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. What are some connecting words? (e.g. for/because/therefore/but)
  5. What complaint is mentioned in v. 1?
  6. How do the apostles deal with the complaint in vv. 2–4?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What are differences between Hellenists and Hebrews?
  2. What is 'the daily distribution' in v. 1?
  3. Why did the apostles want to prioritize preaching and praying in v. 2?
  4. What qualifications did the apostles give for who the church as to choose in v. 3?
  5. What can we learn about the roles of elders and deacons from this passage?
  6. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  7. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can our differences in the church be opportunities for tension and disunity? How do we guard against this?
  2. Pray for our deacons to serve well for the unity of the church.
  3. Pray for the ministry of the word at Covenant Hope Church to be prioritized.
  4. How are you seeking to serve those different from you?

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