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Next Week - The Ministry of Peter (Acts 9:32-11:18)
Bible Words to Remember:
God our Savior ... wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
The Church's Mission (Acts 1:8)
What mission did Jesus give to His church before He ascended?
How could this small group of only 120 accomplish such a huge task?
Where did this group begin their ministry and why?
Acts 1:4, 12; 2:1, 4
How effective were they in Jerusalem?
Acts 2:46-47; 4:4, 16; 6:7
Did the Good News move out into Judea as Jesus had said?
Acts 5:12, 16
A Gentle Reminder (Acts 6-7)
What problem provided a reminder that Christ came for everyone, not just those in Jerusalem?
How might the solution to this problem have been a gentle reminder to look outward?
Acts 6:3-5, 9
What did Stephen say that should have also reminded the Christians of moving past Jerusalem?
God Turns Evil to Good (Acts 7:54-8:4)
Of what did Stephen accuse the Jews that could warn a church focused only on its home town?
How did the Sanhedrin respond to this accusation?
Did killing Stephen satisfy the Jews who were trying to protect their faith?
Acts 8:1, 3
Usually only men were held in jail before a trial. Why did Saul even put women in jail?
How did God use this evil act to help His need for the church to move beyond Jerusalem?
Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria (Acts 8:5-6)
How did the church stay together if they all ran from the dangers in Jerusalem?
How did the central church in Jerusalem stay in touch with the scattered Christians?
Dying unburied was a great dishonor. It was illegal to publicly mourn for a criminal.
Did Philip go to preach to the scattered Christians or to witness to Samaritans?
Why is this a significant step for the early Christians?
How would Samaritans feel about rumors that Christians spoke against venerating the temple?
What would Jesus have thought about this teaching?
With the Pentateuch as their Scriptures, would the Samaritans accept a Messiah from the Jews?
How likely is it that Philip would have reminded the Samaritans of this?
Acts 3:22-23; 7:37
The Great Power (Acts 8:7-13)
How effective was Philip, a Greek-speaking Jew, in Samaria?
Had these Samaritans seen great powers before?
Was Simon ignored because of his great ego?
Did the Samaritans view Philip as another great magician like Simon?
Did Simon get mad about this new competition and try to discredit Philip?
Let's Check This Out (Acts 8:14-17)
What did the church in Jerusalem think when they heard about Philip's activities in Samaria?
What did Peter and John find?
Why would God have withheld the Spirit from the Samaritans until Peter and John arrived?
Acts 11:1-3, 15-18
Couldn't they have learned from the evening news? Why did Peter have to go bring the Spirit?
Anything for a Buck (Acts 8:18-23)
What did Simon the magician think when he saw the Spirit being given to the new Christians?
What did Peter think of this opportunity to fund some great new church programs?
But verse 13 says Simon believed and was baptized. How could Peter accuse him of scheming?
Faith (Acts 8:24)
But Simon believed that Jesus was the Messiah. Doesn't that mean that he was a Christian?
So what was Simon missing?
What are the three elements of an adult faith?
Was Simon rebuked for not developing his faith beyond mere assent?
Did Simon see the error of his ways, repent of his sin and ask for this saving faith?
Outward Bound (Acts 8:25-29)
Did this experience in Samaria effectively open the church to inclusion of these half-brothers?
Did Philip focus his ministry on witnessing to the Samaritans?
Why would the Spirit send a great evangelist like Philip out into the desert?
Proselyte - A Gentile who believed in God, was baptized and circumcised
God-fearer - A Gentile who believed in god and was baptized, but not circumcised
Why would this man likely be a God-fearer and not a full proselyte?
Why might he be so interested in the book of Isaiah to have a copy?
Ethiopia - South of Egypt, north of current Ethiopia between Aswan & Khartoum
Ruled by the queen mother (title of Candace)
The king was the child of the sun and was too holy for government
The eunuch was a very important official - "Secretary of the Treasury"
Only important and rich could get a copy of a book of Scripture
An Opportunity to Witness (Acts 8:30-35)
What did Philip do with this opportunity to witness to this Ethiopian?
What section had the Ethiopian so confused and why?
How did Philip respond to this great lead-in?
A Response of Faith (Acts 8:36-38)
How effective was Philip's witness?
Was it difficult for Philip to provide this witness to the Ethiopian?
1 Peter 3:15
Was Philip able to respond so well because he had a carefully prepared witness speech?
The Spirit's Direction (Acts 8:39-40)
How else do we see the Spirit's hand besides the desert meeting and the Scripture selection?
How did Philip react to this strange and amazing experience?
Note: Simon would have loved this one!
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