We are about to return to the Book of Acts and restart at Chapter 9 and read our way through it. We will have maps and a chronology of Paul's Letters to give us as wide a picture as possible of the Early Church.
We completed "Essential Jesus" - Whitney T Kuniholm - Scripture Union and then a bit more in Acts. We decided to stop at the dispersion of the young church after Stephen was stoned.
We then workied our way through a set of 10 Studies which highlight parts of Acts and some of the Letters, The number at the right-hand end of each topic is the appropriate page numberin the edition of the NIIV quite a few of the group are using.
- Blinded by the Light Acts 9: 1-31 p1102
Saul's blindness is both real and also symbolic. What do you think he learned about himself and the Lord during his period of blindness and fasting? How was your life different before and after meeting the Lord?
- Proclaiming God's Promises Acts 13: 13-52 p1107
Luke, who is the author of the book of Acts, tells us, "When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying." What may have formed the basis of their jealousy and hostility? What are some of the reasons people today are hostile toward the gospel?
- Poor Yet Rich 1 Cor. 4: 8-13 2 Cor. 6: 3-10 p1146/1161
How does Paul portray the life of an apostle? How do you think you would feel toward God if he allowed you to be homeless, hungry and thirsty, ill-clad, and brutally treated?
- The Power of Praise Acts 16: 16-40 p1112
What are the immediate effects of the earthquake and its "aftershocks" throughout the night? Why do you think Charles Wesley viewed the events of verses 26-30 as a beautiful illustration of what happens during conversion?
- Becoming a Spiritual Mentor Acts 20: 13-38 p1117
Paul's farewell to the Ephesian elders concludes with prayer, tears and affection. What does this scene reveal about Christian relationships?
- The Truth on Trial Acts 25: 23 - 26: 32 p1123
Paul's carefully constructed speech fails to convince Agrippa. Why are logic, argumentation and even testimony not enough to bring people to Christ? What else is needed?
- Strength in Weakness 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 p1165
Like Paul, we often assume that God's power is best displayed by him removing our weaknesses. Why does the Lord sometimes refuse to remove our "thorns"?
- Feeling Safe in a Storm Acts 27: 1-44 p1124
If you had been one of the soldiers or sailors on board the ship, how would you have been encouraged by Paul's calm trust in God?
- Finding Hope in God's Kingdom Acts 28: 11-31 p1128
Paul quotes from Isaiah 6, mentioning the eyes, the ears and the heart. What is the difference between hearing God's words with our ears versus truly hearing him? How should this be a warning to us as we study the Scriptures?
- Experiencing Joy in Sufferings Philippians 1: 12-26 p1178
Paul appears to value death even more than life. Assuming that he does not have a morbid death wish, why might he look forward to what most people fear? How should knowing Christ transform our views of both life and death?
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