Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Acts

Acts 27:1-44 - 8th October 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 27
  2. What characters are mentioned?
  3. What places are mentioned?
    1. Where does Paul start and where does Paul end up?
  4. What are repeated words/phrases?
  5. What questions do you have after reading through the chapter?
  6. What is Festus' reaction to Paul's speech? What about King Agrippa's reaction?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Lookup any sailing phrases you don't understand (e.g. "under the lee", "putting out", etc.)
  2. What differences do you see between what Paul says in verse 10 and what he says in verse 22?
    1. What new information is introduced in verse 24?
    2. What ends up happening to the ship and to all those on board?
  3. How do the emotions of the people change throughout the chapter?
  4. The storm, and even the guards, threaten Paul's life.
    1. Why do you think Paul survives?
    2. Who keeps Paul alive?
    3. What does this teach you about God?
  5. What comparisons and contrasts can you make between this passage and Jonah 1:3-6?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do you learn from this passage about friendship?
    1. Do you have friends like Paul who will travel with you, care for your needs, look after you spiritually, etc.?
    2. How can you grow in your God-given friendships with others? 
    3. Do you have friends at church or elsewhere that could use your help (with material needs, spiritual encouragement, etc.)?
  2. Paul was given a promise by God through an angel.
    1. What promises has God given you through his Word?
    2. How do you know when a promise in scripture is meant for you? 
  3. What "storms" are threatening you this week?
    1. How can you grow in trusting God's words in your life?
in Mark

Mark 4:35-5:20 - December 1st 2017

Jesus Calms the storms

Read Mark 4:35-41

  1. Describe the scene, who is there and what are they doing?
  2. What do the disciples presume is going to happen?
  3. What does their question to Jesus show?
  4. Consider Jesus questions to them.
    1. What do his questions indicate?
  5. How do they respond and why?

Application:

  1. What do our fears reveal about us?
  2. How should our faith affect our fears?
  3. What fears are you currently wrestling with and how does Jesus relate to them?

Read Mark 5:1-20

  1. Describe the scene; how does it compare or contrast with the storm?
  2. What does Jesus say/do/command?
    1. How is this different than previously and why?
  3. How does the man with a demon respond to Jesus and why?
  4. What else happens as a result of Jesus calming the demoniac and why?
  5. How does this scene answer the question asked in 4:41 - “Who then is this…?

Application:

  1. What do these passages reveal about Jesus identity and character?
  2. How can we relate to the disciples in the storm and the demoniac?