Sunday, September 13th, 2015
This week we studied Acts 3.
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 3.
- What is your personal view on praying for healing in this day and age?
- Have you ever prayed for healing for someone? What happened? Have you ever been prayed over for healing? What happened?
- Why was it so dangerous that the disciples were performing miracles in the Name of Jesus at the temple? Give an example of this boldness in your own life or a time when you ignored the Holy Spirit when He asked you to be bold.
- What do you think the lame beggar was thinking when Peter commanded him to “look at us”? How must he have felt when Peter grabbed his hand, after likely giving up hope long ago of ever standing on his own?
- For the onlooker that saw what happened, they were filled with amazement and wonder. Is that the same response you would have to that scene, or would you have filled with doubt and suspicion?
- Read versus 3:13-16. How do you think this would have made you felt, if it was Peter directing these words to you?