Join us each week as we explore a chapter of the book of Acts. Below you will find questions to reflect on as you journey through the book. Be part of the discussion as you catch up with others or contribute on Facebook. Most of the questions come from Peter Roennfeldt's book "Following the Spirit: Disciple-making, church-planting and movement-building today" from Signs Publishing, 2018.
Acts 1 (July 22-28)
Luke gives they "why" for his book and sets up the story.
1. What core convictions does Luke identify in the first 11 verses? Which of these do you hold?
2. Why was it important for Jesus to leave? Why was that necessary for the spread of His disciple-making movement?
Acts 2 (July 29- August 4)
The promise of the Holy Spirit arrives and Peter's message impacts hearers.
1. There were people who heard the good news of Jesus in their own language. This is a clear reversal of the curse of Babel (Genesis 11) breaking down language barriers. What does this tell you about the nature of the kingdom of God?
2. Acts 2:43 says "everyone was filled with awe." Can you recall a time when you have been "filled with awe" by the Spirit's presence and enjoyed the closeness of Jesus?
Acts 3 (August 5-18)
The first healing miracle by power through the Holy Spirit takes place. The people are astounded and want an explanation.
1. What significance do you find in this healing, the first recorded act of ministry?
2. How can you actively serve the suffering? If they were to ask you why you do what you do, how would you respond?
Acts 4 (August 19-25)
The religious leaders are greatly disturbed by preaching about Jesu but Peter and John stand firm. The disciples continue to pray and share.
1. As "unschooled, ordinary men", how were Peter and John equipped to answer the accusations?
2. What promise is there for us today when we are asked to explain what we do and why?
Acts 5 (August 26- September 1)
Chapters 4 and 5 reveal value-based living. Barnabas is generous and full of the Holy Spirit whereas Ananias and Sapphira are deceptive and self-focused. As persecution rises, the disciples learn that the gospel is free but sharing it can be costly.
1. What values can you identify in Acts 4:32-5:16? Many say Christians are hypocritical. Why do you believe integrity is so important to God?
2. The disciples faced aggression and ridicule but didn't react back. How does this courage and focus inspire you?
Acts 6 (September 2-8)
With growth comes diversity and the movement adjusts by creating functional structures. Stephen speaks full of the Spirit and is arrested.
1. What was the problem that arose with the increase in diversity? The disciples didn't neglect the problem but also didn't want to be distracted. What may be distracting you from prayer and sharing the Word? What is a possible solution?
2. Read Acts 6:8-15 again. What do you learn about Stephen? If you were able to ask him one question, what would it be?
Acts 7 (September 9-15)
Stephen responds to allegations with power, clarity and wisdom. He is killed for his convictions as the first martyr.
1. Read through Stephen's speech and take note of the places where God appears or is found. How is this summarised in 7:48? What do you learn from this? Where do you expect to find God today?
2. Persecution is a theme in Acts. You would expect this to slow the movement but it has the opposite effect. Why do you think this is?
Acts 8- Part 1 (September 9-15)
As persecution of the early church begins, followers of Jesus scatter to Judea and Samaria, preaching the Word wherever they go. Philip heads to Samaria.
1. Read Acts 8:4-8. Put yourself into the story instead of Philip, and your city instead of Samaria. What would it look like to bring "great joy" to your city?
2. Simon the magician was playing with evil, heard about Jesus, believed and was baptized. He then wants to buy the ability to baptise people with the Holy Spirit. Was he just young and naive in the faith? Was he trying to stay in control instead of complete surrender? Can you relate to his story?