Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 28:1-31 - 15th October 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 28
  2. What characters are mentioned? Any new ones?
  3. How do people treat Paul throughout this chapter?
  4. What are repeated words/phrases?
  5. What chapter in Isaiah is quoted? (It may help to read more of that chapter for context)
  6. What questions do you have after reading through the chapter?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is the conclusion of the native people on Malta about Paul? (v4,6)
    1. What did the natives believe about their god to think that Paul would be punished for wrongdoing?
    2. Has Paul been worshiped like a god before in Acts?
    3. Do you think that Paul helped them to understand the true God, even though there is no written record of it here?
  2. "Brothers" are mentioned in vv14-15, and then Paul addresses "Brothers" in vers 17.
    1. Do you think these are the same groups of brothers or different?
    2. Why would Paul consider these different groups "brothers"?
  3. Why does Paul say he is imprisoned in verse 20?
    1. How is this different than other purpose statements Paul has given in Acts? (e.g. 23:6)
    2. What is the "hope of Israel"?
  4. Why does Paul continue to use Moses and the Prophets to convince people about Jesus?
    1. What Old Testament books would be included in "Moses and the Prophets"?
    2. Read Jesus' words from Luke 24:25-27, 44-49.
    3. Who does Jesus say that the law of Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms are written about?
    4. Why do you think that some Jews were convinced and some Jews were not (v.24)?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Paul aimed to convince his listeners about Jesus in verse 23.
    1. When is a recent time that you have aimed to convince someone about Jesus? What was their response?
    2. Mack Stiles defines evangelism as "teaching the gospel with the aim to persuade." What can you do to grow in your ability to persuade others about Jesus?
  2. Why do you think that not everyone is convinced by Paul in verse 24?
    1. Does it encourage you or discourage you in evangelism knowing that not everyone will believe what you say?
    2. What does it look like to trust God with the results of your words?
    3. What is a current "hindrance" to you in teaching about Jesus with boldness? How can you grow in that?
in Acts

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?