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Acts 1-2

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Elijah's Ascension (2 Kings 1-2)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

Opening Prayer

The Promised Messiah (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
    What caused the downfall of the great nation of Israel?
      1 Kings 14:15-16
    What caused the downfall of the more faithful nation of Judah?
      2 Chronicles 36:14-16
    What hope did the Jews have to look forward to?
      Jeremiah 23:5-6
    How did the Jews refer to this promised one?
      Daniel 9:25

The Messiah Arrives (John 1:41-42a)
    Who was this Messiah for whom the Jews were looking?
      John 1:41-42a
    Did Jesus spend His ministry telling everyone that He was the promised Messiah?
      Matthew 16:20
    Why did Jesus tell His disciples not to tell others who He was?
      Luke 9:45
    When would they understand?
      John 14:25-26
    Did Jesus ever explain His mission and kingdom?
      John 18:36

My Friends Don't Understand Me (Acts 1:6-11)
    Did Jesus' closest followers, the apostles, understand His mission?
      Acts 1:6
    How did Jesus respond to His disciples' lack of understanding?
      Acts 1:7, 9
    Was Jesus gone for good?
      Acts 1:10-11

Final Instructions (Acts 1:4-5, 8)
    What final instructions did Jesus give His disciples before He ascended?
      Acts 1:4
    What was this gift?
      Acts 1:5 (also Luke 3:16)
    Why did Jesus reference John's baptism?
      Luke 3:16
    Why was this gift so important and valuable?
      Acts 1:8

The Disciples Wait (Acts 1:12-26)
    Who were the apostles and what did they do after Jesus ascended?
      Acts 1:12-14
    How many Christians were there at this time?
      Acts 1:15

    How did Peter explain why Judas betrayed Jesus and then killed himself?
      Acts 1:16-20
    Had any disciples besides the 12 apostles followed Jesus from the start?
      Acts 1:21-23
    How had the original twelve become apostles?
      Mark 3:13-14
    How could another apostle be selected if Jesus had ascended into heaven?
      Acts 1:24-26

The Waiting Ends on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4)
    What major festival arrived while the disciples were still waiting for the Counselor?
      Acts 2:1
    What was the festival of Pentecost?
      Leviticus 23:15-16
      50 days after Passover
    How long had the disciples been waiting?
      Acts 1:3

    What happened when the disciples were gathered together on Pentecost?
      Acts 2:2-4
    Pneuma & Ruach
      Genesis 1:2
    What did the tongues of fire represent?
      Psalm 29:7

Drunk in the Spirit (Acts 2:5-13)
    Did anyone else hear the sound of the wind?
      Acts 2:5-6
    Why were people amazed to hear their own languages besides Greek & Aramaic?
      Acts 2:7-8
    What nationalities heard their own language? (See map on Page 4)
      Acts 2:9-11
    Moody: When God set forth His fiery Law (Deut 33:2) He proclaimed it in one tongue, but the story of grace was told in the language of every nation under heaven.

    Did the people understand what had happened?
      Acts 2:12-13
    Can we expect non-Christians to understand the truths God has given us?
      1 Corinthians 2:12-14

Peter's Great Witness (Acts 2:14-24)
    Did any of the Christians recognize that the crowd didn't understand?
      Acts 2:14-15
    How did Peter explain so the gathered Jews would understand?
      Acts 2:16-21
    Why had Jesus performed miracles, been crucified and then resurrected?
      Acts 2:22-24

David Foresaw Jesus (Acts 2:25-36)
    What other old Testament prophesy did Peter use to explain who Jesus was?
      Acts 2:25-28
    What points were Peter making by quoting Psalm 16?
      Acts 2:29
      Acts 2:30-31
      Acts 2:32
      Acts 2:33
    How did Peter use Psalm 110:1 to wrap up his explanation?
      Acts 2:34-36

The Effect of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37-38)
    Did Peter's message have any effect on the crowd that had gathered?
      Acts 2:37
    How are God's people to respond to His great gospel (Good News)?
      Acts 2:38

Chosen by God's Grace (Acts 2:39-41)
    Was this promise of the Holy Spirit and salvation only for those gathered on Pentecost?
      Acts 2:39
    Did any of the crowd accept salvation and join this group of 120 believers?
      Acts 2:40-41
    How did this first preaching of God's grace contrast with the first presentation of God's Law?
      Exodus 32:25-28

The Early Christians (Acts 2:42-47)
    What did the religious life of this initial Christian church consist of?
      Acts 2:42
    Did the power of the Holy Spirit go away after Pentecost?
      Acts 2:43
    How close did this group become personally?
      Acts 2:44-45
    How often did they meet and where?
      Acts 2:46
    Who was in charge of the group's membership drive and how effective was he?
      Acts 2:47

Closing Prayer

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