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Acts 22:30-23:35 - 17th September 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 22:30-23:35 
  2. What characters are mentioned? How are they described?
  3. What problems arise in the narrative?
  4. What facts did Paul testify about in Jerusalem? (23:11)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. When Paul stood before the council, he told them he had "lived his life before God in all good conscience up to this day."
    1. Was Paul suggesting he had never sinned?
    2. Why did he say this?
  2. What does it mean to be a whitewashed tomb in verse 3? (cross-reference Matthew 23:27) 
  3. In verse 6, why does Paul change the focus from keeping the Law to his hope in the Resurrection?
    1. Was Paul's statement here just a ruse, or was it true?
  4. How do you see the Lord's providence at work in these verses?
    1. Was it a coincidence that Paul found out about the plot to kill him?
    2. What is God's purpose in these things? (verse 11; cross-reference 2 Timothy 4:17)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Can you say with Paul that you've "lived your life before God in all good conscience up until this day"?
    1. How can you grow in integrity before God and man?
  2. Being a whitewashed tomb means that you only "clean" the parts of your life that are seen by others.
    1. Are you tempted to change who you are based on who you're around?
    2. Are you ever motivated to do good works just so that others will notice?
    3. How can you grow in fearing God rather than man?
  3. How do you see the Lord's providence at work in your own life?
    1. What is God's purpose in providing for you and preserving you thus far?

Acts 2:22–46 - 2 October 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 2:22–46
    1. What happened in the previous context?
    2. What ideas/words/themes are repeated?
  2. Acts 2:22–36
    1. Who is speaking and who is he addressing?
    2. Who and what is mentioned? What argument is being made?
    3. How is it being made?
  3. Acts 2:37–47
    1. How does the crowd respond?
    2. How is the community described?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How would you divide up Peter's sermon?
    1. What points are being made?
    2. What is "the definite plan and foreknowledge of God" (v.23)? If it was God's plan why are they guilty?
    3. How do the quotes support his argument?
    4. What is the conclusion?
  2. What does it mean to be "cut to the heart" (v.37)?
  3. What does it mean that God's promises are for "everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself" (v.39)?
  4. What is descriptive and what is prescriptive from v.42–47? How do you decide?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What difference do the truths of Peter's sermon make for today and everyday?
  2. In what ways are we (personally and corporately) falling short of the example in v.42–47?
  3. How can the truths of this passage help us grow into a community like theirs?
  4. Praise God for making Jesus both Lord and Christ!

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