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Acts 8

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      God our Savior ... wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4

Opening Prayer

The Church's Mission (Acts 1:8)
    What mission did Jesus give to His church before He ascended?
      Matthew 28:19
    How could this small group of only 120 accomplish such a huge task?
      Acts 1:8

    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?
      Acts 6:1
    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?
      Acts 7:48-50

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?
      Acts 7:51
    How did the Sanhedrin respond to this accusation?
      Acts 7:57-58
    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?
      Galatians 1:13-14
    How did God use this evil act to help His need for the church to move beyond Jerusalem?
      Acts 8:4

Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria (Acts 8:5-6)
    How did the church stay together if they all ran from the dangers in Jerusalem?
      Acts 8:1b-2
      Dying unburied was a great dishonor. It was illegal to publicly mourn for a criminal.
    How did the central church in Jerusalem stay in touch with the scattered Christians?
      Acts 8:5

    Did Philip go to preach to the scattered Christians or to witness to Samaritans?
      Acts 8:6
    Why is this a significant step for the early Christians?
      John 4:9
    How would Samaritans feel about rumors that Christians spoke against venerating the temple?
      John 4:19-20
    What would Jesus have thought about this teaching?
      John 4:21-24

    With the Pentateuch as their Scriptures, would the Samaritans accept a Messiah from the Jews?
      Deuteronomy 18:17-19
    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?
      Acts 8:7-8
    Had these Samaritans seen great powers before?
      Acts 8:9
    Was Simon ignored because of his great ego?
      Acts 8:10-11
    Did the Samaritans view Philip as another great magician like Simon?
      Acts 8:12
    Did Simon get mad about this new competition and try to discredit Philip?
      Acts 8:13

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?
      Acts 8:14
    What did Peter and John find?
      Acts 8:15-17
    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?
      Matthew 16:17-19

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?
      Acts 8:18-19
    What did Peter think of this opportunity to fund some great new church programs?
      Acts 8:20-23
    But verse 13 says Simon believed and was baptized. How could Peter accuse him of scheming?
      Matthew 7:15-20

Faith (Acts 8:24)
    But Simon believed that Jesus was the Messiah. Doesn't that mean that he was a Christian?
      Matthew 7:21-23
    So what was Simon missing?
      Romans 10:9-11
    What are the three elements of an adult faith?

    Was Simon rebuked for not developing his faith beyond mere assent?
      Ephesians 2:8-9
    Did Simon see the error of his ways, repent of his sin and ask for this saving faith?
      Acts 8:24

Outward Bound (Acts 8:25-29)
    Did this experience in Samaria effectively open the church to inclusion of these half-brothers?
      Acts 8:25
    Did Philip focus his ministry on witnessing to the Samaritans?
      Acts 8:26
    Why would the Spirit send a great evangelist like Philip out into the desert?
      Acts 8:27-29

    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?
      Deuteronomy 23:1
    Why might he be so interested in the book of Isaiah to have a copy?
      Isaiah 56:3-5

    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?
      Acts 8:30-31
    What section had the Ethiopian so confused and why?
      Acts 8:32-34
    How did Philip respond to this great lead-in?
      Acts 8:35

A Response of Faith (Acts 8:36-38)
    How effective was Philip's witness?
      Acts 8:36-38
    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?
      Luke 21:15

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?
      Acts 8:39
      Note: Simon would have loved this one!
    How did Philip react to this strange and amazing experience?
      Acts 8:40

Closing Prayer

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