Sermon Bible Study Guides

Acts 1:12–26 - 18 September, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 1:12–26
  2. What happened in the previous context?
  3. What ideas/words/themes are repeated in
    1. this passage?
    2. from the beginning of Acts?
  4. Acts 1:12–14
    1. What did the disciples do and why?
    2. Who was there? (Any surprises?)
    3. How is it described?
  5. Acts 1:14–26
    1. Summarize what Peter says.
    2. What qualifications are mentioned?
    3. How did they make their decision?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How does Luke characterize the disciples?
  2. Why was it important to replace Judas?
    1. Why do you think Luke tells us about Judas' fate?
  3. What do we learn about Scripture?
  4. What does it mean to cast lots?
    1. Why do you think they did this? What does it show according to the text?
    2. Should we make decisions today in this way? Why or why not?
  5. How does their witness and ministry compare and contrast with ours?
  6. What aspects of the gospel are mentioned in this passage? What is not? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should we imitate the apostles? How shouldn't we?
  2. How does this passage give us confidence as Christians?

2 Timothy 3:10–17 - November 29th, 2019

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read 2 Timothy 3:10–17
  2. What repeated words or themes do you see?
  3. Who are the people mentioned?
  4. What did Paul say Timothy followed (v. 10–11)?
  5. Who rescued Paul from persecutions (v. 11)?
  6. What will happen to those who "desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus" (v. 12)?
  7. When did Timothy become acquainted with the sacred writings (v. 15)?
  8. Who is the author of Scripture (v. 16)?
  9. What is Scripture profitable for (v. 16)?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. What is 'however' referring to in v. 10?
  3. What does v. 12 mean? Is it true for all Christians?
  4. Who taught Timothy the Scriptures? (cf. 2 Tim 1:5)
  5. What are the 'sacred writings' (v. 15)?
  6. What books of the Bible is 'Scripture' referring to (v. 16)?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does v. 12 apply to our church?
  2. How can you help the members of the church continue in what they've learned?
  3. Timothy was acquainted with the sacred writings from childhood. How can you help members with children be equipped to teach their children?
  4. What is your attitude toward Scripture? How often do you read it and meditate on it? How is this the same or different from Paul's attitude in v. 16?
  5. Sing How Firm a Foundation to God and to one another.

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