Sunday, August 30th, 2015
This week we studied Acts 2.
As you begin your study each week, pray that God will speak to you through His Word. Come each week prepared for discussion. Be willing to participate and ask questions. As much as possible, stick to the topic at hand. Be sensitive to the other members in your group and listen attentively.
Intro To ACTS:
In the book of Acts, we see God birth the church by sending the Holy Spirit to indwell followers of Jesus. A great way to frame the entire book of Acts is in the following themes:
The beginning of the church (1:1 – 2:47)
The church and the Jewish authorities (3:1-5:42)
The church begins to expand (6:1-9:31)
The beginning of the Gentile mission (9:32-12:25)
The mission to Asia Minor and its aftermath (13:1-15:35)
Paul’s missionary campaign in Macedonia and Achaia (15:36-18:17)
Paul’s missionary campaign in Asia (18:18-20:38)
Paul’s arrest and imprisonment (21:1-28:31)
As we read and study Acts together, our prayer is that deep study of the Word of God would result in changed hearts and renewed spirits to pursue the things of God in our day and time.
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Questions for this week:
Read Acts 2:1-4. Why is the Holy Spirit coming such a critical piece in the story of God? How often did Jesus talk about the Spirit? Point back to the gospels and discuss the coming of the Holy Spirit and His work in the life of a believer.
What was happening at this time in Jerusalem? What was being celebrated and why were people from all over the world there?
At the end of Acts 2 we see the church beginning to form. How are those early gatherings described here? In your current missional community, do you see these same elements? What is missing?
Read Ephesians 3:20-21. If the Spirit of God dwells within you as a follower of Jesus, what does engaging Him look like? What might your daily rhythm be like with an increased focus towards intentional interaction with the Spirit?