Connect Bible Study Notes

Term 3 2017

Acts: The Triumphant Gospel of the Risen Lord
Luke follows up his gospel record with an account of the spread of the message of Jesus through the Mediterranean world. Despite opposition and difficulties, the gospel message and the witness of early disciples of Jesus have an amazing impact on their world. We continue that witness as we bring the triumphant gospel to our community.

In the Name of Jesus Acts 3

Head (what’s happening in the passage/what can I learn about God?)
1. If the apostles did many miraculous signs, why is this healing noteworthy? What is emphasized about the beggar?
2. List as many references to Jesus you can find in the passage (eg. Servant, holy and righteous one etc.) Why might Jesus be referred to in these ways?
3. As a group, create a one-sentence summary of the passage.

Heart (How does this passage make me feel? What might God be saying to me through this passage?)
1. Since the gospel is accredited, how does it affect our confidence in God to do his saving work through it?
2. How do you feel about Peter exposing the Israelites’ sin in crucifying Jesus? (V11-16)
3. Is there an explanation for the beggar’s complete healing other than it happened all because of Jesus (as those immediately involved maintained)?

Hands (How do I respond to this passage? What might God want me to do?)
1. Given God’s triumph and power to forgive sin, what is the first, necessary application all people are commanded to do?
2. Can we say we are not ashamed of the gospel? How do we show our lack of shame?
3. In response to God’s triumphant news, discuss and decide on one way your group could respond practically together.
4. Reflect on what your group prays for each week. Consider making prayer for proclaiming the message of Jesus and for people to repent a regular feature.

The Gospel of Jesus Acts 2:14-47

  1. Who were the original hearers of Peter’s sermon?
  2. How does Peter explain the strange events the crowd has just witnessed? (v14-21)
  3. What are the main points Peter makes about Jesus? (v 22-24, 32-33, 36)
  4. How does the crowd respond? How do you respond?
  5. What is the key verse of v14-41? Why?
  6. How does a person get to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (v38)?
  7. Why do the believers behave as they do in v42-47?
  8. Verses 42-47 are a description rather than a command. How is this passage relevant to our relationships with fellow believers?
  9. How important is hospitality? How can we promote hospitality in our church, considering those among us who are not in a position to invite others to their homes?

The Gospel Harvest Field Acts 2:1-13

  1. What were the three strange events recorded in verses 2-4, and which senses did they evoke?
  2. Which of these three events does Luke concentrate on? Why?
  3. Read Acts 1:8, which is the topic sentence of the whole book. How does this passage relate to that verse?
  4. Compare the ‘speaking in tongues’ of verse 4, with that in 1 Corinthians 14:1-12.
    • Who is being addressed?
    • Who can understand the words?
    • What is the purpose?
  5. The Jewish feast of Pentecost (also called Feast of Harvest, Feast of Ingathering, Day of First Fruits or Festival of Weeks) was originally the middle of the three annual harvest festivals (see Deuteronomy 16:1-17 and Exodus 23:14-17). Is there any significance in the events recorded in Acts 2 happening at the time of this festival?
  6. What can we learn about the Holy Spirit from this passage?

The Gospel Mission Acts 1:1-26, Luke 1:1-4

  1. Prepare for the sermon series (which will cover chapters 1 - 9) by reading the whole book. When you have done that think of a one or two sentence summary of the main theme(s) of the book.
  2. Read Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1-2  noting any similarities and links between these two introductions. What do they tell us about Luke’s method and his concerns?
  3. Jesus promises the gift of his Spirit to empower his people for their witness. How would you describe the task of a witness? Why do we need the Spirit’s help?
  4. In what sense do you think Acts 1:8 is an outline of the book of Acts as a whole?
  5. Carefully review all steps in the process these early believers use to find a replacement for Judas. How could you apply this process to decisions you have to make or that we have to make as a church?