Bible Study

Bible Studies 

Bible Study in Ephesians 

Bible Study Title: Walking In Love (9/18/2021) 

Key Bible Passage : Ephesians 5:1-14

 

Bible Study Title: Walking Differently (9/10/2021) 

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:17-32

Bible Study Title: Walking Forward (9/4/21) Saturday 

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:11-16

Walking Together (8/28/2021) 

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:1-10

Bible Study Title: Residence (8/21/2021) 

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 3:14-21

Bible Study Title : Revealed (8/14/2021)

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 3:1-13

Bible Study Title: Reconciled (7/24/2021)

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:11-22

Bible Study Title: Resurrected (7/17/2021) 

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:1-10

Bible Study Title: Remembered (7/10/2021) Saturday 

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 1:15-23


Bible Study Title: Rejoiced (7/3/2021) Saturday 

Key Bible Passage: Ephesians 1:3-14


Bible Study in Acts
 

Bible Study Title: Always on Mission (6/5/2021) Saturday 

Overall Theme: The gospel message is for all people; some will believe, but others will not. 

Key Bible Passage : Acts 28:17-28

17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. 19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

Question #1: What kinds of products have others tried to encourage you to use because they found them to work for them? What makes their testimony more effective than a professional salesperson pitching the same product? 

Question #2: As we read Acts 28:17-28, I want to encourage us to look for words or phrases that point to Paul’s determination to share the gospel. What other characteristics of Paul do we see in this passage? 

I. The Journey (Acts 28:17-20) 

17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. 19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.

Question #3: What are some of the things God uses to make it possible for a person to hear the gospel? How does God using a variety of things speak to His sovereignty in our world? 

II. The Seekers (Acts 28:21-23) 

21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Question #4: What makes the gospel message so intriguing and interesting? How does that intrigue open the door to share the gospel with others? 

III. The Response (Acts 28:24-28) 

Question #5: How does the gospel divide and unite at the same time? Why does the gospel have this kind of effect on people?  

Take Home Message: 

1.God uses a variety of means to bring believers in contact with others who need to know the gospel.

2.Believers should be looking to share the gospel with all people, especially those who are seeking to know more. 

3.Believers are to be faithful witnesses to all people, regardless of their response. 

End of Bible Study: 

1.Ask God to help you be more attentive to opportunities to share the gospel this week. Record any opportunities He gave you. How did He help you become aware of the opportunities? How did He help you share in those situations? 

2.What’s the difference between being a “Jesus salesperson” and a testimony sharer? Reflect on Acts 28:31.  How can you live out Acts 28:31 from here on out? Who can you share the gospel with again? 


Bible Study Title: Answering Critics(5/29/2021)  Saturday

Overall theme: The gospel demands a response of repentance and faith. 

 

 

Key Bible Passage: Acts 26:19-29

19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

Question #1: List times in your life when you were required to make a quick decision. Were you prepared for that moment? If so, how? 

Question #2: Read Acts 26:19-29 in your Bible. I encouraged you to identify the various ways Paul defined the good news of the gospel. How do his words help better explain the gospel? 

I. The Gospel Told (Acts 26:19-23) 

19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. 

Question #3: Why is it important to point to Scripture when sharing the gospel? To what verses might a person point? 

II. Objection Rebuffed (Acts 26:24-26) 

24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

Question #4: How do people try to discredit the gospel message? What actions could a person take to prepare to address potential objections to the gospel? 

III. Invitation Given (Acts 26:27-29) 

27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

Question #5: What roadblock might a person encounter when trying to give another person the opportunity to respond to the gospel? How do those roadblocks compare to what Paul faced? 

Take Home Message:

1.Believers can and should point to the Scriptures when presenting the gospel. 

2.Believers must be prepared to respond to objections with love and directness. 

3.Everyone who hears the gospel must be given the opportunity to make a decision about Jesus. 

End of Bible Study Question

1.Reflect on Acts 26:20. How can you use this verse to help you prepare to share the gospel with someone? What other verses might you use? With whom can you share your gospel appeal? 

 

Bible Study Title: The Testimony (5/22/2021) Saturday

Overall Theme: The gospel transforms people from sinners into instruments of God.

Key Bible Passage: Acts 22:3-8, 15-22

 3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 4And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. 6And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. 7And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 8And I answered, Who art thou, LORD? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. 17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; 18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. 19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee: 20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. 21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. 22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.

Question # 1: What stories from your life do you find yourself always sharing with others?  How do your stories impact the lives of the people you tell? 

Question #2: I want to encourage you guys as we are reading through Acts 22:3-8, 15-22 to highlight words and phrases Paul used to describe himself. What is the contrast between how he described his life prior to Christ and how he described his life after Christ? 

I. Former Life (Acts 22:3-5) 

 3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 4And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.

Question #3: Why would it be important to clearly contrast your life before and after your commitment to Christ as you tell your life story? 

II. Life-Changing Encounter (Acts 22:6-8, 15-16) 

6And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. 7And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 8And I answered, Who art thou, LORD? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Question #4: How might a person’s past be perceived as an obstacle when it comes to accepting Christ? How might other people’s opinions add to that obstacle? 

III. New Purpose (Acts 22:17-21) 

17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; 18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. 19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee: 20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. 21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

Question #5: How was Paul’s life purpose tied to Jesus’ commission recorded in Matthew 28:18-20? Does the specific purpose given to each believers always relate to that commission? Explain your thinking. 

IV. Rejection (Acts 22:22) 

22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.

Question #6: List various responses a person could have when hearing a believer’s testimony about accepting the gospel. What does each response reveal about the listener? 

Take Home Message: 

1. Believers must help others understand that no good deed will secure salvation. 

2. Salvation is offered to everyone, even those who publicly denounce Jesus. 

3. Jesus give believers a new life and missional purpose. 

4. Believers may face rejection and persecution for  telling the  gospel truth. 

End of Bible Study Question: 

If you are a believer, write your salvation story following teh headings: (1) former life, (2) life changing encounter, and (3) new purpose. With whom can you share your salvation story? Memorize Acts 22:15. 

Bible Study Title: Delivered  (5/15/2021) Saturday 

Overall Theme: Sharing the gospel is worth the sacrifice and effort. 

Key Bible Passage: Acts 20:22-35 

22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Question #1: What is the best to say goodbye to friends? What would you want a friend to remember about you? 

Question #2: As we are reading through Acts 20:22-35, I strongly encourage us to look at each word and phrase that express Paul’s resolve to share the gospel. How did Paul’s goal of sharing the gospel impact his decision to go to Jerusalem? 

I. His Commitment (Acts 20:22-24) 

22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Question #3: How does a warning serve as a way to prepare for what is ahead? How does understanding the value of the gospel give a person the strength to endure difficulties that result from the gospel? 

II. His Concern (Acts 20:25-31) 

25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Question #4: What might keep a person from being able to make the same calm Paul made in verses 26-27? What makes it hard to share the gospel with everyone a person meets? 

Question #5: In what ways are false teachers like savage wolves? How does the analogy of shepherd versus savage wolf point to the motives of a church leader versus the motives of a false teacher? 

III. His Commendation (Acts 20:32-35) 

32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Question #6: How does generosity and caring for the needy move a person away from greed? Why would it have been important for these church leaders to be aware of their motive for ministry? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Believers experience contentment when they faithfully fulfill God’s purposes in their lives. 

2.Believers must remain diligent to recognize and confront divisive and false teachings. 

3. Believers must guard themselves from greed, focusing on the needs of others. 

End of the Bible Questions:

1.List ways God has used you to make a difference in the lives of other believers and His church. Thank Him for the opportunities and ask Him to show you how you can impact those outside the church. What actions do you need to take based on what God showed you? 

2. Think of ways in your church to help you and others to be on guard against false teachings and teachers. Prioritize the ideas listed and talk about how to put the most effective ones into action. 

3.Read on Acts 20:35, considering ways you can follow Jesus’ words. What is one anonymous giving action you can do this week that would point someone to Christ? Record the impact that act had on you and the recipient. 


Bible Study Title: Incomplete Picture (5/8/2021) Saturday 

Overall Theme: God uses believers to help others better understand the gospel. 

Key Bible Passage: Acts 18:24-28; 19:1-7 

Acts 18:24-28

24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25This man was instructed in the way of the LORD; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the LORD, knowing only the baptism of John. 26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Acts 19:1-7

1.And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve.

Question  #1: How can filling in the blanks of a story or picture get a person in trouble? How can knowing only part of the picture or story lead to confusion? 

Question #2: Read Acts 18:24-19:7 in your Bible. Highlight descriptors used to characterize Apollos and the twelve men Paul encountered, looking for any similarities. What do these descriptors reveal about their character and desires? 

I. A Partial Witness (Acts 18:24-26) 

24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25This man was instructed in the way of the LORD; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the LORD, knowing only the baptism of John. 26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Question # 3: What are the dangers of a person teaching a partial truth and teaching it well? 

Question #4: How did the approach taken by Aquila and Priscilla strengthen Apollos as opposed to tearing him down? What princples for confronting a person did they follow? 

II. A Complete Witness (Acts 18:27-28) 

27And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Question # 5: How important was it for Apollos to build on his scriptural understanding while preaching and debating in Corinth? What role did his background play in his effectiveness? 

III. An Incomplete Faith (Acts 19:1-7) 

1.And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve.

Question #6: What are the dangers of trusting in baptism rather than faith in Jesus for one’s salvation? How can trusting in baptism cause a false hope? 

Question #7:  How would you explain the value of baptism and its place in the life of the believer? What can be pointed to as proof that a person is a believer? How can a person be certain of his salvation? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Believers need to make sure that boldness and eloquence are accompanied by depth of understanding when presenting the gospel. 

2. The church is strengthened when believers who have depth of understanding share a complete picture of the gospel. 

3.Genuine faith in Jesus is demonstrated through baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.How can you help others gain a clear picture of the gospel message? What principles did Aquila, Priscilla, and Paul follow? How can you follow those principles as you share the gospel message? 

2.What are you doing to deepen your understanding of the gospel? What action can you take in the next seven days that will help you deepen your understanding? 

3.Reflect on Acts 18:24 and 28. What needs to change so that what was said of Apollos could be said about you? Review these verses regularly as a reminder of the importance of pointing to Scripture when sharing the gospel. 

Bible Study Title: Value All (4/24/2021) Saturday 

Overall theme: Christ Values every person, so we should not exploit or disregard others.

Key Bible Passages: Acts 16:16-19; Psalm 139: 13-16. 

Bible Study: The Unknown Known (4/17/2021) Saturday 

Overall theme: Through faith in Christ , sinful humans can know the one true God. 

Key Bible Passage: Acts 17:22-34 

22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. 32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. 33 So Paul departed from among them.34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

Question #1: What kind of questions do people face that cause them to search for answers? What sources might someone consult to find answers to these questions? 

Question #2: As we read Paul’s sermon in Acts 17:22-31, identify his main points. How does each point build to the next point to get to his conclusion (vv30-31)? 

I. Unknown God (Acts 17:22-23) 

22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

Question #3: What misconceptions do people have about life and deities? How could those misconceptions be used to initiate a conversation about the Gospel? 

II. The Known Creator (Acts 17:24-29) 

24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Question #4: What misconceptions about God does Paul address in this passage? How are those same misconceptions expressed today? 

III. Judgment By The Son (Acts 17:30-31)

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Question #5; In what ways is God’s requirement for repentance fair to everyone? How does Jesus’ being raised from the dead qualify Him to judge everyone? 

IV. Split Decision (Acts 17: 32-34) 

32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. 33 So Paul departed from among them.34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

Question #6: Identify the different responses of the people who heard Paul in Athens. What other ways might a person respond to hearing the gospel for the first time? 

Take Home Message of the Bible Study: 

1.People are searching for the truth, looking for meaning. 

2.God makes Himself known so that we can know and worship Him. 

3.No one is exempt from God’s judgment? 

4.While people may respond in a variety of ways, believers must continue to share the truth of the gospel. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1, Who do you know that is religious but not a follower of Christ? Identify insights from today’s study that could be used to share the gospel with that person. How can you do this in a loving way? 

2.Reflect on Acts 17:20. How does this verse serve as motivation to share the gospel with others? I encourage us to memorize this verse. 

3. How would you categorize your response the first time you heard the gospel? What caused you to consider or reconsider the truth of the gospel message? How does reviewing your own journey help you understand the response of others to the gospel? 

 


Bible Study: A Changed Family (4/10/2021) Saturday

Overall Theme: God uses our influence to lead others to Him. 

Key Bible Passage: Acts 16:22-34

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Question #1: What is the best news you have ever shared with your family? What was their response? 

Question#2: As we are going through this study tonight, I would ask that we take time in reflecting how Acts 16:22-34 would have play out in our lives if we experience this level of persecutions? 

I. The Situation (Acts 16:22-24) 

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

Question # 3: Why do we think some people respond so strongly against the gospel message and its messengers? 

II. The Opportunity (Acts 16:25-28) 

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

Question #4: How did Paul and Silas’s actions demonstrates their confidence in God? 

Question #5: How would you describe their impact on the others in prison? 

III. The Conversion (Acts 16:29-32) 

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

Question #6: What does the presence of the jailer’s family reveal about his attitude toward them? 

Question #7: How do we see the same attitudes demonstrated today? 

IV. The Transformation (Acts 16:33-34) 

33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Question # 8: What things did God accomplish through Paul and Silas’s imprisonment? 

Question #9: How does that impact the way we react to tough times in our own life? 

Take Home Messages: 

1. Believers can praise God when persecuted and ridiculed, knowing that God uses their responses as a testimony to others. 

2. Believers must share Jesus with other family members.

3. Salvation through Jesus leads to demonstration of faith that are observable by others. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1. Memorize Acts 16:31. With whom in one’s family can you share this verse in the next seven days? Record how one would plan on sharing this verse with them. 

2. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very little and 10 being very much, how would we rate the change that Jesus made and continues to make in our lives. How do we show others that Jesus makes us different? 

Bible Study: Crucified ( 4/3/2021) Saturday 

Overall theme: Jesus willingly sacrificed His life to pay the price for all of humanity’s sin.


Key Bible Passage: Matthew 27:41-52 

41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him. 45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 

Question #1 : Highlighting words and phrases that emphasize what Jesus endured on the cross. What do these events reveal about the death of Jesus? 

Question # 2: Notice the events that place immediately after Jesus’ death. What do these events reveal about the death of Jesus? 

Question #3: How do we respond to others who serve our community and country? How does their willingness to serve in this way affect the way we feel about them? 

I. Mocked (Matthew 27:41-44)

41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Question #4: What different types of pain and suffering did Jesus face? Of these types of pain, which do we think weighed the most? Explain. 

II. Forsaken (Matthew 27:45-49) 

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

Question #5: What do the three hours of darkness teach us about the nature of sin and the magnitude of its consequences? How is the darkness of sin expressed today? 

III. Sacrificed (Matthew 27:50-52) 

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 

Question #6: What conclusions can be drawn from what happened immediately after Jesus died? How does the impact of what happened continue to be experienced today? 

Take Home Message: 

1.All of creation, knowingly and unknowingly, testifies to Jesus’ being the Messiah.

2.Sin causes separation from the holy God. 

3.Jesus’ death removed the chasm between God and sinful humanity, making it possible for humans to have an eternal relationship with God through faith in Jesus. 

End of Bible Study Question 

1. List ways of testifying that Jesus is the Messiah and include actions that can be taken individuals or in group. And of these actions listed, which ones do you need to incorporate into your life. 

2.Take time to reflect on your life when you were separated from God. What image from the crucifixion best illustrates your life at that time? What actions should you take as a result of remembering what it is like to be separated from God? 

3.Consider the changes that have happened in your life as a result of Jesus’ crucifixion  and your trust in Him. How has He changed your heart and character? What steps do you need to take to continue to develop your relationship with God? 


Bible Study Title: Strengthened (3/27/2021) Saturday 

Overall theme: God strengthens His church through His faithful servants. 

Key Bible Passage: Acts 15:36-41; 16:1-5

Acts 15:36-41 36And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the LORD, and see how they do. 37And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 39And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; 40And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. 41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

Acts 16:1-5 1Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 4And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. 5And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Question #1: How do you respond to the idea that God invites people to be a part of His work? In what ways does this excite and scare people at the same time? 

Question #2: Read Acts 15:36-16:5 in your Bible. Outline the result associated each action identified in these verses. How are results connected? Could the final result identified in 16:5 have happened without each previous action? 

I. Parting Ways (Acts 15:36-39) 

36And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the LORD, and see how they do. 37And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 39And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

Question #3: What did Paul and Barnabas understand about God’s call and purpose in their lives. 

Question #4: How did that understanding impact their decision to part ways? 

II. A New Team (ACTS 15:40-16:3) 

40And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. 41And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

1Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

Question #5: Why was it important for Paul to assemble a team that would work well with him?

Question #6: How did the background of each man make him an asset to the team? 

III. Growth Seen (Acts 16:4-5) 

4And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. 5And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Question #7: What is the relationship between evangelism and discipleship? 

Question #8: Can you have one without the other? Explain. What kind of balance should be struck between evangelism and discipleship in your life? 

Take Home Messages from this Bible Study: 

1.Being faithful to God’s purpose in our lives plays a role in our decision-making process and personal growth.

2.Believers must look for other faithful believers with whom they can partner to fulfill God’s mission. 

3.Believers should be involved in both sharing of the gospel and encouraging spiritual growth in others. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1.How would you describe your calling and life purpose? Ask God to help you put your life purpose in writing. What are you doing that reflects your God-given purpose? 

2. With whom can you partner to more effectively be involved in kingdom work? What actions do you need to take to foster that partnership? 

3.Evaluate your involvement in evangelism and discipling other believers. In which one of these two activities are you more invested? What actions will you take to be more involved in evangelism and discipleship? 

Bible Study Title: Available  To All (3/13/2021) Saturday 

Overall theme : Salvation is available to everyone through faith in Jesus alone. 

Key Biblical Passage: Acts 15:6-11; 24-31

And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

24. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: 25. It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,26. Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.27. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things bymouth.28. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;29. That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.30. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:31. Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

Question #1: What beliefs are non-negotiable? How can a person decide which issues are secondary and which are non-negotiable. 

Question #2: As we read through Acts 15:6-11, 24-31, I want to encourage brothers and sisters to look for words and phrases that reveal the nature of Salvation. Summarize what these words and phrases reveal about salvation. 

I. No Distinction (Acts 15:6-11) 

And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

Question #3: What unbiblical stipulations are placed on people today before being accepted into a local church?

Question #4: How do those stipulations compare to what was being faced by the early church? 

II. Clear Expectations (Acts 15:24-29) 

24. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: 25. It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,26. Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.27. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things bymouth.28. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;29. That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Question #5: What standards should a church use when communicating appropriate ways of living out the Christian life today? 

III. Secure Encouragement (Acts 15:30-31) 

30. So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:31. Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

Question # 6: What kinds of spiritual questions are being asked in the church today? 

Question #7: How can the way a church handles conflict and potentially divisive spiritual questions be an encouragement to a community? 

Take Home Messages from this Bible Study: 

1.Believers can take joy in the fact that salvation is available to all who place their faith in Jesus. 

2.Believers are to demonstrate their trust in Jesus in word and deed. 

3.Believers can encourage others who are seeking answer to spiritual questions. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1.Review Acts 15:9. Ask God to reveal sinful distinctions you may make of other people. Confess any distinctions He reveals and begin to pray for the salvation of people you may know who are in the groups God reveals. 

2.Who in your life needs the salvation that is offered to them? What can you share with them from this study that might encourage them? Make an appointment  to visit with them. 

3.Discuss how conflict is handled within your group. Identify lessons learned from this study about addressing conflict or maintaining unity in the church. What principles should your group or church follow in the future? 

Bible Study Title: Misguided Worship

Overall theme: Only God is worthy of worship and praise.

Acts 14:8-20

8.And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9. The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10. Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. 11. And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia. The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 13. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 14. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15. And saying, Sirs, why do ye there things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn form these vanities unto the living God, which mad heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein. 16. Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 18. And with these saying scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. 19. And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the peopl, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. 20. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. 

 

Question #1: How would you describe most people’s attitudes toward worship? For what reasons do people attend a church worship service? 

Question #2: Reading Acts 14:8-20 in your Bible. What do their reactions reveal about humanity’s need and desire to worship? 

I. Healing (Acts 14:8-10) 

8.And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9. The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10. Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

Question #3: How does God use people today to accomplish His work? How does that compare to how He used Paul in this pasage? 

II. Reaction (Acts 14:11-13) 

1. And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia. The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 13. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.

Question #4; What are some ways people misunderstand or misinterpret God’s work today? Why do some people incorrectly attribute God’s work to other people or circumstances? 

III. Redirected (Acts 14:14-18) 

14. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15. And saying, Sirs, why do ye there things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn form these vanities unto the living God, which mad heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein. 16. Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 18. And with these saying scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.

Question #5: What were the potential dangers if Paul and Barnabas had accepted the praise from the people? 

Question #6: What attitudes did Paul and Barnabas display in pointing the people to Jesus ? 

IV. Rejected (Acts 14:19-20) 

19. And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the peopl, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. 20. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. 

Question #6: To what lengths might a person go to discredit or silence the gospel message? 

Question #7: What can we learn from Paul’s response that might help us deal with efforts to discredit or quiet the gospel message today? 

Take Home Message: 

1.God uses believers as instruments of His grace and mercy.

2.Unbelievers sometimes misinterpret the work of God in and around them. 

3.Believers who have been used by God as an instrument of His work must clearly point to Christ, giving Him all credit. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.List ways we can help unbelievers and skeptics identify God’s work in the world and then put them in action ? 

2.Compare our attitudes toward worship with the attitudes listed at the beginning of this Bible Study. Identify attitudes we need to change in light of what we have discovered in today’s study. What steps do we need to take to do so? 

3.Focus on Acts 14:15. Identify ways we can help others turn to the living God. How can we be more intentional in sharing the gospel with others? 

Bible Study Title: The Gospel Message (2/27/2021)

Overall theme of the Bible Study: Christ’s death and resurrection are central to the gospel message. 

Acts 13:26-39 

26.Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 27. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. 28. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. 29. And when they fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. 30. But God raised him from the dead: 31. And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33. God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 34. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35.Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  36. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption. 37. But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. 38. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; 39. And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 

Question #1: If you were meeting new neighbors, what questions would you ask them? If they asked you about your religious beliefs, what would you tell them? 

Question #2: Read Acts 13:26-29 in your Bible. Note the different ways Paul pointed to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. What does his focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection indicate about the importance of that event? 

I. Crucified (Acts 13:26-29)

26.Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 27. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. 28. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. 29. And when they fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

Question #3: What do the actions of the people of Jerusalem teach us about humanity and our need for a Savior? 

Question #4: How do people reject Jesus today despite knowing that He died for them? 

II. Resurrected (Acts 13:30-37) 

30. But God raised him from the dead: 31. And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33. God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 34. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35.Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  36. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption. 37. But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

Question #5: Why do you think it was important for Paul to point both to eyewitnesses and to the Scriptures to explain the importance of Jesus’ resurrection? 

Question #6: How do these work together to give us confidence in the resurrection today? 

III. Proclaimed (Acts 13:38-39) 

38. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; 39. And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 

Question #7: What would you say to a person who claims there are multiple ways to God and His heaven? 

Take Home Message:

1. In the face of our rebellion, Jesus willfully paid the penalty for our sins by His death.

2. We can have confidence that Jesus is resurrected, living eternally.

3.Faith in Jesus is the only means of salvation. 

End of the Bible Study Questions: 

1.Brainstorm different ways people try to justify themselves and their sin. Then look for ways Paul’s speech at Antioch Pisidia gives an answer to those efforts. With whom can you talk this week using insights gained from this Bible Study. 

2. Reflect on Acts 13:30 and how that verse applies to you. Consider how this verse impacts your daily life and your future life. Memorize this verse and look for a way to interject it into at least on conversation this week. 

Bible Study Title: Extraordinary (2/20/2021) 

Overall Theme: Sharing the gospel message leads to experiences in which God demonstrates His power in extraordinary ways.

Acts 12:7-12; 16-19

Acts 12:7-12 7And, behold, the angel of the LORD came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

Acts 12:16-19 16But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 17But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the LORD had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. 18Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

Question #1:  Notice the directions given by the angel to Peter. What do these directions reveal about Peter’s state of mind and alertness?

Question #2: Highlight words or phrases that point to the impact of Peter’s release. How did this impact the faith of the difference people involved? 

Question #3: Do you believe that persecution of  a group more often disheartens members of that group  or emboldens them? Explain. 

I. Deliverance (Acts 12:7-10)

7And, behold, the angel of the LORD came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

Question #4: What does it say to you about Peter’s faith that he slept so soundly on the night before his scheduled execution? 

II. Delight (Acts 12:11-12)

11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

III. Determined (Acts 12:16-17) 

16But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 17But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the LORD had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.

Question #5: What makes people skeptical of God working in an  unexpected way? How does seeing the outcome of a miracle move us away from our skepticism? 

IV. Disturbance (Acts 12:18-19) 

18Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

Question #6:  How does Peter’s miraculous deliverance illustrate the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility? 

Take Home Message: 

1.God’s work is beyond our comprehension and ability to explain . 

2.Believers can pray for and be thankful for God’s protection and sovereignty.

3.Demonstrationa of God’s power can lead to additional frustration for those who continues to reject Him. 

End of the Bible Study Questions: 

1.Identify an “extraordinary” need you are asking God to fill that would glorify Him and enhance the message of Jesus. Spend time in prayer, being sure to express trust in God regardless of how He answers. 

2.Think of some recent times when you have prayed for others. How could you rate the strength of your faith in the Lord to do marvelous, even miraculous, things in response to your prayer? How can you show trust in the Lord’s grace even when His answer are not what you hope for or expected? 

3.Research the details about the present-day persecution of Christians around the world. how can you pray for your voice to be heard on behalf of your brothers and sisters in Christ? Identify steps your Bible Study group can take to support those imprisoned for their faith in Jessu. 

Bible Study Title: Accepting(2/13/ 2021) 

Overall Theme: The Gospel message is meant for every person of every background, life experience, and heritage. 

Main Text: Acts 10:9-15, 43-48 

9.On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11. And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12. Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14. But Peter said, Not so, LORD; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15.And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

43. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 44. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47. Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48. And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the LORD. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Question # 1: Note Peter’s reaction to the vision. How would you characterize his reaction? What does the question Peter asked in verse 47 indicate about his further response to the vision? 

Question # 2: What are some barriers in your community that keep people from interacting with one another? What barrier (s) have you seen come down? 

I. The Vision (Acts 10:9-15) 

9.On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: 10. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 11. And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12. Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14. But Peter said, Not so, LORD; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15.And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

Question # 3: What did Peter’s negative response to the voice reveal about his understanding of God’s plan to offer salvation to all people in Christ? 

Question #4: In what way might the early church have been impacted if God had allowed Peter to dismiss the heavenly vision? 

II. The Declaration (Acts 10:43) 

43. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 44. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

Question #5: What other Bible passages would you point to that support Peter’s declaration of salvation for all who repent and believe in Jesus? 

III. The Sign (Acts 10:44-46a) 

44. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.

IV. The Acceptance (Acts 10:46b-48) 

46. Then answered Peter, 47. Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48. And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the LORD. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Question #6: How would you describe the significance of the Gentile believers being baptized to the Jewish believers present? To other Gentiles present? 

Take Home Message of this Bible Study: 

1.Salvation is offered to all regardless of heritage or race.

2.Salvation comes through faith in Jesus alone.

3.Believers can be advocates within the local church  for new believers from different backgrounds. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.What social barriers cause you the greatest difficulties? How do those barriers impact your ability or willingness to witness to people in those groups? What actions can you take to remove those barriers? 

2.Consider your salvation. What could you point to that demonstrates you are trusting Christ alone for your salvation? 

3.What activities will you and your Bible study group initiate to be more inclusive of those outside your church? Identify barriers that need to be torn down, and initiate a plan for addressing those barriers. 


Bible Study Title: Bold (2/6/2021)

Overall Theme: Sharing the Gospel involves taking bold action based on faith in Jesus.

Main Text: Acts 9:36-43

36. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 37. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by  him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed: and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 43. And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.  

Question #1: Highlight words or phrases used to describe Dorcas. Look for descriptors that point to her character. 

Question #2: Outline the steps taken by Peter in this passage. Notice how each action leads to the next. 

Question #3: In what ways do people sometimes confuse miracles with hard work or some other tangible explanation? Why do some people search for any explanation of a true miracle that eliminates God from the equation? 

I.The Final’ Rest (Acts 9:36-37) 

36. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 37. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

Question #4: What are some emotions people feel and questions people ask following the unexpected death of a loved one? 

II. The Request (ACTS 9:38-39) 

38. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by  him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

Question #5: Why is it important for believers to be willing to adjust their lives, as Peter did, to help others in Jesus’ name? What can hinder one’s willingness? 

III. Restoration (Acts 9:40-41) 

40. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed: and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

Question #6: What dose this passage reveal about the power of Jesus? How is this same power demonstrated in our world today? 

IV. The Results (Acts 9:42-43) 

42. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 43. And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.  

Take Home Bible Study Messages: 

  1. God can be trusted even in the death of His faithful followers.
  2. God uses humans as instruments of His grace and healing.
  3. God uses a variety of means to bring people to Himself. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.List specific ministry actions your Bible study group can offer to grieving families after a death. Which of the actions listed is most needed? Identify steps your group can take to provide that action. 

2.Share about a time when someone in your life experienced an unexpected tragedy and God used you and fellow believers as instruments of His grace. How can you build upon that experience to help others? 

3. Identify individuals who, like Tabitha, model great grace and generosity. Write them a letter or note or encouragement and express your deep gratitude for their  impact on your life. 

Bible Study Title: Converted (1/30/2021)

Overall theme: God calls people to be His messengers, with the first step being a commitment to follow Christ.

Main Text: Acts 9:3-9, 15-20

3.And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him , Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. […] 15. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings and the children of Israel: 16. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 17. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 19. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples whcih were at Damascus. 20. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogue, that he is the Son of God. 

Question #1: Notice Saul’s response to the directives given to him by Jesus and Ananias. How does Saul’s response demonstrate faith in Jesus? 

I. The Confrontation (Acts 9:3-6)

3.And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him , Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

Question #2: How would you characterize the confrontation between Jesus and Saul?  In what other ways does Jesus confront people about their need for Him? 

II.The Companions (Acts 9:7-9) 

7. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. 8. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

Question #3: Saul’s travelling companions were prohibited from hearing Jesus’ message to Saul. What does this teach us about God relates to His people? 

III. The Commission (Acts 9:15-20) 

15. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings and the children of Israel: 16. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. 17. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 19. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples whcih were at Damascus. 20. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogue, that he is the Son of God.

Question #4: How important is it for a believer to be able to pinpoint the precise time of his or her conversion? Give reasons for your answer. 

Question #5: Why was it significant that Saul immediately began to proclaim Jesus? Why do new believers often display passion for telling others about Jesus? 

Take Home Message: 

1.God uses all kinds of people in kingdom work and does so in different ways. 

2. God calls specific individuals to focus on mission work. 

3. All believers can share with others about who Jesus is. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1. Share about your conversion experience with a person in your group. In what ways did your conversion differ from Saul’s conversion? In what ways was it similar? 

2.Ask God to help you understand your role in His mission. Thank Him for ways He has used you in the past and commit to be available to Him in the future. Ask God to call people out of your group to share the gospel with people who have yet to hear His truth. 

3.Record your understanding of who Jesus is. Name one person with whom you can share what you have recorded. Ask God to help you share with this person in the next day, week, month, this year. 

Bible Study Title: Obedient (1/23/2021) Saturday

Overall theme: Opportunities to share the gospel message come through obedience. 

Main Text: Acts 8:26-31,35,38-39

26. And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28. Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31. And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. […] 35. Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. […] 38. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 

Question #1: Identify phrases in this passage that show the depth of Philip’s daily walk with the Lord. How did Philip’s walk with the Lord influence his actions? 

Question #2: What are examples of other occupations that require constant readiness? 

I. Compelled To Seek (Acts 8:26-29)

26. And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28. Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Question #3: What are means the Lord uses today to direct believers in carrying out the gospel mission? How do faith and obedience factor into those means? 

II. Prepared To Share (Acts 8:30-31, 35)

30. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31. And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. […] 35. Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Question #4: What questions could a person use today to initiate a conversation about spiritual matters with an unsaved friend? With a person you just me? 

Question #5: How did Philip use Scripture to point to Jesus? Why was it important for Philip to make this connection? 

III. Focused On Salvation (Acts 8:38-39) 

38. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 

Question #6: How would you use this passage to explain baptism to someone? What other information would you need to give a more complete picture? 

Take Home Message: 

1.Believers must recognize opportunities to share Jesus with others as they are directed by the Holy Spirit. 

2.Believers gain confidence to share as they grow in their understanding of the Scriptures.

3.Salvation is available to all who are willing to receive Jesus. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.What barriers must you overcome to better recognize opportunities to share Jesus with others? Identify steps you will take to overcome a barrier.

2.Schedule time this week for searching your Bible and prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how you can network with others in your Bible study group to more effectively share the gospel. 

3.List questions you have that keep you from following Jesus. Then, seek God for an answer for these questions. 

4.If you are already a follower of Jesus, list questions you had prior to making that commitment. How can you use those questions to introduce someone to Jesus. 

Bible Study Title: Selfless (1/16/2021) Saturday 

Overall theme: Believers honor God and further His kingdom through selfless service. 

Main Text: Acts 6:1-10

1.And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6. Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. 8. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 9. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. 10. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 

Question 1: Using brief phrases, identify steps the early church took in responding effectively to a complaint by some of the members. 

Question 2: What advantages does one gain by having a service-oriented job?

Question 3: What makes it difficult for some people people to serve others? 

I. A Need Discovered (Acts 6:1-2) 

1.And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

Question 4: How might the increasing involvement of the Twelve in the care ministry for widows have potentially weakened their preaching-teaching ministry? 

Question 5: How does understanding one’s call to a particular type of ministry give clarity when facing choices about involvement? 

II. A Solution Reached (Acts 6:3-7) 

3. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6. Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Question 6: How would you compare the way this issue was handled to the way similar issues are sometimes handled in today’s churches? 

III.A Servant Tested (Acts 6:8-10) 

8. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 9. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to  resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 

Question 7: What role did Stephen’s dependence on the Holy Spirit play in his life? 

Question 8: How does the Holy Spirit provides us power to take a stand for Christ? 

Take Home Message of this Bible Study: 

1.Believers help spread the gospel even as they serve through the church’s ministries. 

2.Every believers has an important role to play in the church’s mission.

3.Believers experience God’s blessing as they serve in the power of the Spirit.

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1. Identify ways your church is involved in meeting needs in your community. What steps can your Bible study group take to help your church better meet the needs of people in your community? 

2. How ready do you feel to share the gospel with someone? What is one step you could take to be more ready? 

3.Consider the role play in the life of your Bible study group. What can you do to better serve the group? What can your group do to better serve the people at your church? 

Bible Study Title : Faithful (1/9/2020) Saturday 

Overall theme: Believers must remain faithful to sharing the gospel message even when opposed. 

Main Text: Acts 5:25-35, 38-42

25.Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. 26. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. 27. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28. Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intended to bring this man’s blood upon us. 29. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather then men. 30. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32. And we are his witnesses of these things, and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. 33. When they heard that , they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. 34. Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 35. And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. […] 38. And now I say unto you. Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for it this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. 40. And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name, 42. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. 

Question #1: Take note of words or phrases that reveal the attitudes and motives of the religious leaders. Then identify words or phrases that reveal the attitudes and motives of the apostles. How do the lists compare/contrast? 

Question #2: What other acts would you point to as portraits of faithfulness? What level of value would you place on a faithfulness to Christ and His church? 

I. Returning To The Scene (Acts 5:25-28) 

25.Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. 26. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. 27. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28. Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intended to bring this man’s blood upon us.

Question #3: What motivated the religious leaders to silence the apostles? How is that motive seen in today’s world? 

II. Standing Their Ground (Acts 5:29-32) 

29. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather then men. 30. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32. And we are his witnesses of these things, and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Question #4: How would you summarize Peter’s defense? Do you think Peter’s speech was more convincing or more convicting? Explain. 

III. Waiting During Deliberations (Acts 5:33-35, 38-39) 

33. When they heard that , they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. 34. Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 35. And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. […] 38. And now I say unto you. Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for it this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Question #5: What wisdom do you see in Gamaliel’s proposal to the council? How might his words help believers today who face opposition to the gospel? 

IV. Rejoicing For The Opportunity (Acts 5:40-42) 

40. And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name, 42. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. 

Question #6: How can opposition to the gospel produce encouragement and courage in believers? How does opposition and persecution provide a platform for the gospel to be shared and lived? 

Take Home Message for this Bible Study: 

1.Believers are to faithful stand for Jesus when facing personal challenges.

2.The truth of the Gospel is trustworthy and can be shared with confidence. 

3.Belivers can rejoice when persecuted, realizing that the gospel was proclaimed in the process. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

  1. Consider times in your life when someone challenge your faith. How did you respond? What can you learn from the response of the apostles to help you respond when facing opposition in the future? 
  2. Reflect on ways you have found the Gospel to be trustworthy. How do the things on which you reflected give you confidence to share the gospel? Identify one person with whom you can share about the trustworthiness of the gospel this week. 
  3. Share with others in your Bible study group about situations in which you have faced opposition to your belief in Jesus. Record insights gained from one another’s stories. Take time thank God for the opportunity to present the gospel in the midst of standing up to opposition. 

Bible Study Title: Integrity (01/02/2020) Saturday 

Overall theme: Believers are to take sin within the church seriously. 

Main Text: Acts 4:36-37, 5:1-11

Acts 4:36-37

36. And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 37. Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 

Acts 5:1-11

1. But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2. And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4. Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and give up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. 

Question #1: Compare and contrast the action words that describe Joseph’s giving and the actions words that describe Ananias and Sapphira’s giving. What phrases reveal how important believers’ integrity is to God? 

Question #2: Do you think people who claim to be Christians but poorly reflect Christ should be confronted? Explain. 

I. Exhibit A: Barnabas (Acts 4:36-37)

36. And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 37. Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 

Question #3: How would you describe the relationship between generosity and encourage? Can one be done without the other? Explain. 

II.Exhibit B: Ananias (Acts 5:1-6) 

1. But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2. And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4. Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and give up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

Question #4: What are other ways that Satan leads Christians to commit acts that can harm the local church? How should the church respond to the conduct of willfully disobedience believers? 

III.Exhibit C: Sapphira (Acts 5:7-11)

7. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

Questions #5: How do you think non-Christians in Jerusalem viewed the early church? Do you think the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira helped or hurt the early church in their community? Explain. 

Take Home Message from this Bible Study: 

1.Believers encourage others through their genuine acts of obedience and sacrifice. 

2.Believers must examine their motives for giving, realizing that not all motives are honorable. 

3.Believers are held accountable by God for theirs actions and motives. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.Discuss with the group ways they prefer to be encouraged. Include in this discussion how telling about acts of generosity can serve as motivation. Be prepared to tell about when someone’s generosity was an encouragement to you. 

2.Select a day to record the main actions you take during each hour of the day. Evaluate your motives behind each recorded action, marking any that you take with an inappropriate motive. Ask for God’s forgiveness and help in changing inappropriate motives. 

3.Consider the checks and balances you have established for evaluating your motives for giving. Why is it important regularly examine your motives? 

Bible Study Title: Courageous (12/26/2020) Saturday

Overall theme: The Spirit gives believers courage to proclaim the truth. 

Main Text: Acts 4:1-13

1.And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2. Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4. Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed;  and the number of the men was about five thousand. 5.  And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 6. And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? 8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9. If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10. Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.   

Question #1: List the different groups with whom Peter and John came into contact in this passage. Which conversations do you think required the most courage, and why? 

Question #2: What motivates people to accomplish acts of bravery?

Question #3: What were Jesus’ motivations in sacrificing Himself for our sins? 

I. The Challenge (Acts 4:1-7) 

1.And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2. Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4. Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed;  and the number of the men was about five thousand. 5.  And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 6. And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?

Question #4: What modern-day comparisons could be made to made to what Peter and John faced? 

Question #5: What role do you think intimidation played in this inquiry? 

II.The Answer (Acts 4:8-12) 

8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9. If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10. Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Question #5: Which phrase in Peter’s defense do you think carried the most weight? Explain. Do you believe that same phrase is as persuasive today as it was in the first century? Why or why not? 

III.The Recognition (Acts 4:13) 

13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.   

Question #6: What role did Peter and John’s perceived weakness play in their being effective witnesses for Jesus? How can God use our perceived weaknesses to bring honor to Himself? 

Take Home Messages from this Bible Study: 

 1.Believers can expect to be challenged by others who do not accept Jesus and His teachings. 

2.Believers can depend on the Holy Spirit to provides them courage and words when challenged. 

3.Only through faith in Jesus can a person experience salvation. 

4.When asked to give an account for our actions, believers must be careful to give God the honor. 

End of Bible Questions: 

1.Reflect on how the Holy Spirit provides courage to witness even when facing a potentially hostile group or individual. Identify actions you can take that help you depend on the Holy Spirit. Which of these actions do you need to establish in your personal walk Christ? 

2.Identify a work associate or neighbor who knows that you follow Christ. How can you use that person’s interest in your way of life to talk to them about salvation? When could you share Jesus with them? 

3. Tell others in your Bible study group about recent opportunities you have had to talk with individuals about Jesus. Discuss how sharing these testimonies with one another is an encouragement. Spend time thanking the Lord for allowing you to be His witness. 

Bible Study Title: Unified (12/19/2020) Saturday 

Overall: The impact of the gospel is seen in the unity found among Jesus’ followers. 

Main Text: Acts 2:41-47

41.Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42.And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers, 43. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44.And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47. Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. 

Question #1: Identity words or phrases that describe things done by the early church. In what ways do you see these actions being done in your church? 

Question #2: What words or phrases point to attitudes possessed by the members of the early church? How are these attitudes connected to the actions identified earlier?

Question #3:How would we explain the difference between a division and a disagreement? 

Question #4: As we reflect on the relationship that exists in our church, what three words would you use to describe it? What specific examples can we point to that demonstrate this fellowship among the believers? 

I. Devoted (Acts 2:41-42)

41.Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42.And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers,

Question #4: How does participation in these activities promote unity in a church? Can a church be unified and not focus on these elements? Explain. 

II. Together (Acts 2:43-47a) 

43. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44.And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47. Praising God, and having favor with all the people.

Question #5: What does a consistent display of sincere praise to God and grace toward others show about what a church believes about God? 

III. Growing (Acts 2:47 b)

And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. 

Question #6: What does this passage teach about the relationship between church growth and church health? How do they enhance each other? 

Take Home Messages: 

1. To be spiritually healthy, believers need to be connected to other believers. 
2. In churches, believers can do life together, meet others’ needs, and worship together. 
3. Every believer is to be witness. 

End of Study Questions:

1.If a dozen people were randomly selected to observe you every day for one week, how might they evaluate your devotion to Jesus? After studying this session’s Bible passage what do you think needs to improve regarding your devotion to Jesus? 

 2.What are doing to help strengthen unity in your church and Bible study group? Identify some strategies you can apply to sweeten and enhance your relationships with others in your congregation and group. 

3.Reflect on how doing life with other believers help you share the gospel. What can you do to help motivate other believers to share the gospel? 

Bible Study Title: Empowered (12/12/2020) Saturday 

Overall Theme: Jesus empowers His followers to be witnesses through the Holy Spirit. 

Main Text: Acts 2:1-15

1.And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2.And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3.And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5.And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8. And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9. Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10. Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11. Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13. Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

Question #1 : Observe the progression of the actions described in this passage. How does each action build on the previous one? 

Question #2: Identify the crowd’s reactions to hearing words spoken in their various languages. How did these reactions open the door for the believers to share the gospel? 

Question # 3: If you had to choose to live without one power source you currently rely on, which one would you give up? Explain your reasoning. 

I.The Spirit Given (Acts 2:1-4) 

1.And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2.And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3.And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
 
Question # 4: Why is unity of purpose and focus critical for the church? Why , then, do so many believers struggle to be unified in purpose and focus?

Question # 5: What are the evidences of the Holy Spirit indwelling a believer? 


II. The Questions Asked (Acts 2:5-13)

5.And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8. And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9. Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10. 10. Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11. Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13. Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

 

III. The Opportunity Seized (Acts 2:14-15) 

14. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

Take Home Messages: 

1.Believers are enabled by the Holy Spirit to fulfill their God-given mission. 
2.God’s demonstration of Himself through believers can cause unbelievers to become curious about God and His power. 
3. When placed in situations where unbelievers are asking questions, believers can seize opportunities to share Jesus. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

Bible Study Title: Entrusted  (12/5/2020)

Overall theme: Jesus assigned His followers the task of telling everyone about Him and His message. 

Main Text: Acts 1:1-11

1.The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4. And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence . 6.When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7.And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11. Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have him go into heaven.

Question #1: Observe the promises made to the apostles in this passage. How are the promises connected to one another? 

Question #2: Identify the actions the apostles were to take. How are these actions related to the promises? 

I. The Remembered Promise (Acts 1:1-5)

1.The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4. And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence .

Question # 3: What makes it difficult to wait for the Lord to prepare us to fulfill His purposes?

Question #4: What are the rewards of waiting on His timing. 

II. The Resurrection Proclaimed (Acts 1:6-8) 

6.When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7.And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Question #5: What hinders people from fulfilling their assignment to testify about Jesus’ presence in their lives? 

Question #6: What role does the Holy Spirit play in helping a believer share the gospel with others? 

III. The Return Portrayed (Acts 1:9-11)

9. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11. Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have him go into heaven.

Question #7: How might believers get caught gazing when they need to be obeying the Lord? 

Question #8: What roles does witnessing play in preparing for Jesus’ return? 

Take Home Message: 

1.Believers follow Christ and point others to Him through the power of Holy Spirit. 

2.In obedience and out of love, believers are to share the gospel with others.

3.Believers are to live in light of Jesus’ lordship and in anticipation of His return. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.What is your group doing to point others to Jesus? What role do you play in helping the group point others to Jesus? Discuss ways your group can be more intentional in sharing the gospel. 

2.What factors cause you to hesitate in fulfilling his mission of being Jesus’ witness? What steps can you take overcome your hesitation and obey the Lord’s command to be a witness? 

3.Record the names or initials of people with whom you could share the gospel. Ask God to help you find a way to talk with each person listed. Begin to act on what He reveals to you. 

Bible Study in Ephesians 

Bible Study Title: Walking To Battle (11/28/2020) 

Overall Theme: God provides believers with all the resources needed to live Christlike lives. 

Main Text: Ephesians 6:10-20
10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14. Stand therefore, having your lions girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16.  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherein ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20. For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 

Question #1: What are some of the reasons people run from a battle? Why would someone run to it? 

Question #2: Identify the actions Paul instructed his reader to take in Ephesians 6:10-20. How does each enable the believer to honor Christ? 

I. Aware (Eph.6:10-13)

10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Question #3: Why does it matter that believers in Christ clearly understand that their walk in Him includes facing spiritual conflict? 

Question #4: What dangers exist if the believer fails to recognize the possibility of spiritual battles? 

II. Prepared (Eph. 6:14-17) 

14. Stand therefore, having your lions girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16.  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherein ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Question #5: What might keep a believer from utilizing the armor God provides for fighting spiritual battles? 

Question #6: What responsibility do we have in preparing for spiritual battle? 

III. Field Support (Eph 6:18-20) 

18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20. For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 

Question #7: How does knowing others are praying help a person face spiritual battles? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.God provides all the resources needed for believers to prevail in spiritual battles. 

2.Believers must prepare themselves for spiritual battle. 

3.Believers must depend upon God through prayer for victory. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.What actions can you take to increase your confidence in the sufficiency of God’s resources for spiritual warfare? 

2.What spiritual battles are you currently facing? What needs to be “put on” to face these battles? 

3.Discuss as a group ways your group can help one another fight spiritual battles. What needs to be implemented or strengthened based on this discussion? How?


Bible Study Title: Walking As Family (11/21/2020) 

Overall Theme: Believers are to demonstrate God’s love in their family relationship. 

Main Text: Ephesians 5:22-6:4 

22.Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28. So ought men to love their wives their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32. This  is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband

Ephesians 6:1-4

1.Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 

Question #1: What factors make a marriage relationship complicated? How do these factors impact other family relationships?

Question #2: Circle the repetitive phrase(so) discover in Ephesians 5:22-6:4. How does Paul’s criteria of “in the Lord” impact family relationship? 

I. Wives (Eph. 5:22-24) 

22.Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Question #3: How has modern society misunderstood this command for wives to submit to husbands? What does Christ’s leadership in the church say about the husband’s leadership in the home? 

II. Husbands (Eph 5:25-33) 

25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28. So ought men to love their wives their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32. This  is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband

Questions #4: How does a marriage demonstrate a couple’s understanding of Christ’s love and the gospel? 

III. Children (Eph. 6:1-4) 

1.Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Question #5: What did it mean to obey your parents when you were a child? Which of those actions would be inappropriate as an adult? Which would be appropriate? 

IV. Parents (Eph. 6:4) 

4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 

Question #5: In what ways will Christian parenting will be different from secular parenting? What are some important ways that parents can bring up their children in the training and instruction of the Lord? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Godly wives are to submit to the leadership of their own husbands. 

2.Godly husbands are to sacrificially and unselfishly love their own wives. 

3.Godly children are to follow the direction provided by their parents. 

4. Godly parents loving provide direction and discipline to their children. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.What actions do we need to take as an individual to encourage godly marriage?

2.What do you need to do to honor your parents at this point in your life?

 

Bible Study Title: Walking Wisely (11/14/2020)

Overall Theme: Believers are to walk wisely, depending on the Holy Spirit for direction.

Main Text: Ephesians 5:15-21 

15. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18.And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name  of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 

Question #1: Who or what do you consult when planning a trip? How do you know this is a trustworthy source? 

Question #2: Read Ephesians 5:15-21, looking for the commands given by Paul. How is each command related to being filled by the Spirit? 

I. Be Wise (Eph. 5:15-17) 

15. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Question #3: Describe the difference between spending your time and investing your time. 

II. Be Filled (Eph. 5:18)

18.And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Question #4: How does being controlled by the Holy Spirit compare to and contrast to being controlled by alcohol? 

III. Be Genuine (Eph 5:19-21) 

19. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name  of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 

Question #4: How does a variety of musical expression in the church edify believers in their walk with God? 

Question #5: Can a person live in submission without humility? Explain. 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Believers are to carefully live their lives in light of God’s wisdom. 

2.Believers are to surrender to the control of the Holy Spirit. 

3.Believer’s attitude are impacted by the Holy Spirit living in them. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.In what ways could your small group establish relational connections that tap into collective wisdom of the entire group? 

2.What marks of surrender to the Holy Spirit could be identified in your life by a neutral observer? What need to change in your life and how? 

3.What present attitudes in your life could be used as “proof of ownership” by the Holy Spirit? What adjustments do you need to make to your attitudes? 

 

 

Bible Study Title: Walking In Love (11/7/2020) 

Overall Theme: Believers are to imitate Christ by demonstrating His love and character.

Main Text: Ephesians 5:1-14

1.Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3.But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4.Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10. Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14.Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, Christ shall give thee light. 

Question #1: What does a person’s walk reveal about him or her?

I. Imitate (Eph. 5:1-2)  

1.Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Question #2: Does walking in love define what it means to be an imitator of God? Explain. 

II. Isolate (Eph.5:3-7) 

3.But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4.Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Question # 3: How might a believer lovingly excuse himself from an impure conversation? 

Question #4: How can partnerships (business, social, recreational) impact a person’s spiritual life? 

III. Illuminate (Eph. 5:8-14) 

8. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10. Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14.Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, Christ shall give thee light. 

Question #5: How do believers serve as light in the world? What is the relationship between walking in love (v.2) and living as children of light (v.8)? 

Question #6 : What preparation must a believer take in order to be used by God to expose works of darkness? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Believers are to be imitators of God, expressing His love to all. 

2.Believers are to separate themselves from ungodly behavior. 

3.Believers are to humbly expose sin in this world through action and deed in love. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.List actions of love you could show to a neighbor–actions that echo those Jesus Himself might take. What one action from your list will you take this week? 

2.In what ways can your small group  spur one another toward living a godly lifestyle in the midst of a fallen world? 

3.Has the darkness of this world lulled you into a spiritual slumber from which you need to awaken? Ask God to examine your life and to help you be more aware of opportunities to be light. 


Bible Study Title: Walking Differently (10/24/2020) 

Overall Theme: Believers are to live a life that is different from those who reject Christ. 

Main Text: Ephesians 4:17-32

17. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18. Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19. Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20. But ye have not so learned Christ; 21. If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26.Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27. Neither give place to the devil. 28. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking. be put away from you, with all malice: 32. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 

 

Question # 1: What might a person do to set themselves apart from others applying for a job? 

Question #2: Reflect on the contrasts found in Ephesians 4:17-32 between what was and what should be. How does the contrast point to the power of Christ? 

I. The Old Man (Eph. 4:17-19

17. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18. Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19. Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Question #3: In what ways is life prior to knowing Christ “pointless”? 

Question #4: Why is it important for believers to remember what life apart from Christ was like? 

II. The Change (Eph. 4:20-24) 

20. But ye have not so learned Christ; 21. If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Question #5. How is salvation like putting on a new set of clothes? 

III. The New (Eph. 4:25-32) 

25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26.Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27. Neither give place to the devil. 28. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking. be put away from you, with all malice: 32. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 

Question #6: Of the practices listed by Paul, which one creates the greatest impact for the cause of Christ? 

Take Home Messages:

1.Believers must not forget the futility of living in bondage to sin.

2.People are given a fresh start through faith in Christ so we can live without guilt.

3. Believers are to live Christlike lives as a result of their salvation. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.Discuss as group ways your small group can hold one another accountable for avoiding behaviors characteristic of non-Christians without lapsing into judgmental and elistist attitudes. 

2. With what type of lingering or free-floating guilt do you need to deal? Take time to talk to God about this guilt. 

3. Identify a neighbor or coworker who is lost. How can you use these passages to explain salvation to the person you identified? 


Bible Study Title: Walking Forward (10/17/2020) 

Overall Theme: Christ gives the church gifted leaders to help believers mature and minister. 

Main Text: Ephesians 4:11-16

11. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Question #1: As you read Ephesians 4:11-16, note the progression of development. How does the equipping of believers contribute to the overall health of a church? 

I. Equippers Given (Eph. 4:11)

11. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Question #2: What are the implications of viewing church leaders as Christ’s gifts to the church? 

II. To Move Believers Forward (Eph. 4:12-14) 

12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Question #3: How does each action identified by Paul in verses 12-14 pave the way for the next action or result identified? 

III.As a Body (Eph. 4:15-16) 

12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Question #4: How might a person’s ability to express God’s love increase with spiritual maturity? 

Question #5: What are some other ways of illustrating Paul’s point other than a human body? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Christ gives leaders to equip His church for ministry.

2.With the help of godly leaders, believers can grow in their belief in and understanding of the gospel and participate more fully in the church’s mission. 

3.All believers are to grow in Christlikeness and strengthen the church by doing their part. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1.What could your small group do to support the equipping ministry of your pastor and other church leaders?

2.As a means to ongoing spiritual maturity in your walk with Christ, list one ministry in which you could participate more fully. What steps do you need to take to become more involved in that ministry? 

3.What is your strategy to grow in Christlikeness? What particular attributes do you need to target? Ask God to move you closer to Him. 

Bible Study Title: Walking Together (10/3/2020) 

Overall Theme: Believers demonstrate the truth of the gospel by being unified in their actions. 

Main Text: Ephesians 4:1-10

1. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3. Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4.There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10.He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things,) 

Question #1: How can a personal struggle or crisis bring us into relationship with another with whom we would not have connected under normal circumstances? 

Question #2: Read Ephesians 4:1-10, noting the commands given. How is each command connected to a person’s salvation? 

I. Walking Worthy (Eph. 4:1-3) 

1. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3. Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4.There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Question #3: How do the attitudes and actions identified by Paul in these verses serve as a demonstration of the gospel?

Question #4: How do they help us share Jesus with others? 

II. Living Unified (Eph 4:4-6) 

4.There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Question #5: How should believers’ relationship with one another mirror the relationship between the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit? 

III. Enjoying Victory (Eph. 4:7-10) 

7. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10.He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things,) 

Question #6:What does walking in victory look like in the life of a believer? 

Question #7: What about in the life of a local church? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Believers are to live lives worthy of the gospel through their Christlike attitudes and actions. 

2.Believers are to live in unity with one another. 

3.Believers have victory in Christ. 

End of the Bible Study Questions

1.In what particular attitude could you grow and thereby contribute to greater unity in your church? 

2.How might current level of unity in your church impact receptivity to the gospel in your community? How could you change this for the better? 

3.How could your small group or individual  become more intentional in its celebration of the victory won by Jesus? 

Bible Study Title: Residence (9/26/2020)

Overall Theme: God offers believers strength by Christ dwelling in us. 

Main Text: Ephesians 3:14-21

14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15. Of whom the whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18. May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Question #1: Recall a time when the physical presence of a friend helped you the through a challenging situation. 

Question #2: Notice the specific requests Paul prayed for believers in Ephesians 3:14-21. How do these requests help us understand the character of God? 

I. Petitioned (Eph. 3:14-15) 

14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15. Of whom the whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

Question #3: How might a person’s prayer requests for others reveal the requester’s understanding of God?

Question #4: How might a person’s understanding of God impact how they pray for the spiritual growth of others?

II. Indwelled (Eph. 3:16-19) 

16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18. May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Question #5: What is the connection between being strengthened by the Holy Spirit and Christ indwelling a believer? How are the similar? How are they different? 

Question #6: How does grasping the depth of Christ’s love bring power to the life of a believer? 

Question #7: How does the love of Christ change a person form the inside out? 

III. Honored (Eph. 3:20-21) 

20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Question #8: How do people limits on God in their prayers? 

Question #9: What kinds of limits might they place on God?

Question #10: How do these limits compare to the way Paul described God? 

Take Home Message: 

1.Believers can strengthen others by praying for their spiritual growth. 

2.Believers are changed from the inside out by the dwelling Christ. 

3.Believers should honor God for demonstrating His majesty. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1.As a group, spend time evaluating the systematic plan your small group has in place to pray specifically for the spiritual growth of one another. What might the group do to strengthen the plan? 

2.To what can you point in your life that indicates you equally value the development of your inner being along with the outward person? 

3.How is Christ being glorified “in all generations” through your ministry? What adjustments need to be made to bring honor to God to a greater degree? 

Bible Study Title: Revealed (9/19/2020)

Overall Theme: God invites believers to proclaim the revealed mystery of the church. 

Main Text : Ephesians 3:1-13

1.For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2. If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:3. How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4. Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6. That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7. Wherefore I was made a minster, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9.And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12. In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 

Question #1: What are some of your favorite mystery stories or shows? What makes that story or show interesting to you? 

Question #2: Highlight the various times Paul used the word “mystery” as you read Ephesians 3:1-13. How does the gospel message quality as a mystery? 

I.The Mystery (Eph. 3:1-6)

1.For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2. If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:3. How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4. Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6. That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Question #3: How does the gospel demonstrate that all people can find a place in Christ’s church? 

II.The Proclamation (Eph. 3:7-9)

7. Wherefore I was made a minster, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Question #4: Is sharing the gospel more of a responsibility or a privilege? What is the difference? 

II.The Purpose (Eph. 3:10-13)

Question #5: Since God’s purposes include using believers to share the gospel with all people, what roadblocks get in the way of believers fulfilling that purpose? How does Paul’s words address any of those potential roadblocks? 

Question #6: What is the relationship between circumstances and a willingness to share the gospel? How can difficulties open the door for sharing the gospel? 

Take Home Message

1.God offers salvation to all people, providing them a place in His Church. 

2.Believers can tell others about the grace and richness of God that they have received in Christ. 

3.Believers find purpose in sharing the gospel with others. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1.As a group, list events or activities your small group could host that might offer opportunities for gospel conversations with lost people. What steps does the group need to take to plan one such even or activity? 

2.What people groups in your city are in the greatest need to hear the gospel? How could you build a bridge to that group that God might use to reach them? 

3.What natural gifts and abilities do you possess that God could use to share a gospel witness through you? How can you use these gifts or abilities to share Jesus with one person this week? 

Bible Study Title: Resurrected (8/22/2020) Saturday 

Overall theme: God provides salvation by grace through faith part from our good works.

Ephesians 2:1-10, “1. And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3.Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us, 5.Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved; ) 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that  not yourselves; it is the gift of God; 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  

Question #1: How does a positive change in a person’s life motivate others to make that same change?

Question #2: And as we look at Ephesians 2:1-10, I want you just have a real conversation with yourself and with Jesus. Look your life today, contrasts your before salvation and after salvation. What do these contrasts reveal about the nature of salvation found through faith in Jesus? But if your life looks like why it was before and may need to do some soul searching with Jesus, right.

Explore The Text

I.Once Dead (Eph. 2:1-3)

1.And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3.Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

Question #3: How does our experience support the way Paul described life without Jesus?

Question #4: Why is it important for those without Jesus to understand where they stand with Jesus?

Question #5: Why is it important for believers to remember what life is like without Jesus?

Question #6: How does Paul’s description of life without Jesus serve as motivation to share Jesus with others?

II.Now Alive (Eph 2:4-7)

4.But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us, 5.Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved; ) 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Question# 7: How does the changed life of a believer serve as a display of God’s grace and character?

III. Through Grace Alone (Eph 2:8-10)

8.For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not yourselves; it is the gift of God; 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Question # 8: How do our reasons for doing good things relate to our understanding of salvation?

Question #9: What do our motives reveal about our beliefs about salvation?

Take Home Message:

1.Apart from Christ, all people are separated from God and subject to His judgement.

2.Believers find life and purpose though faith in Jesus.

3.Salvation is granted through faith alone in Jesus removing all grounds for personal boasting.

End of Bible Study Questions

Question #10: On a scale of 1 to 10  (less to greater), how would rate your urgency in telling others about Jesus?

Question#11: What action s can you take to help you  “move the needle” toward greater urgency and more frequent sharing of your family?

Question#12: Describe the changes believing in Christ makes in your life. How can these changes point others to Jesus?

Ephesians Bible Study / Bible Study Title Lesson: Remembered (9/14/2020) Friday 

The Scripture Reading will be in Ephesians 1:15-23.

The overall theme of this passage is that: God helps believers understand the riches and greatness of His calling on their lives.

Ephesians 1:15-23, “15. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places; 21. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Question #1Can every think of time, you were so excite to learn something you just could not sleep and just….?

Question#2: What practical steps could believers take in their daily routines that would help them increases their focus on others for the purpose of praying for them?

Question #3: How does Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers compare to most prayers voiced today?

Question #4:How might prayer habits change if the main focus were on spiritual growth?

Question #5:  How are the requests of Paul in verses 18-19 related to each other?

Question #6: How does growing in each area lead to greater understanding and praise of God for salvation?

Question #7:  How does Christ’s “filling” our lives help us become part of the fulfillment of His purpose?

Talk Home Message from this study:

1. Believers do well to pray for themselves and others to grow in relationship with God .

2.Believers can grow in hope and power as they more fully understand their calling in Christ.

3.Believers can live with confidence in the power of the resurrection of Jesus .

End of Bible Study Questions

1.Are you seeking a deeper prayer life that reflects Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and if not, what can you do to made changes in your life to have a deeper prayer life.

2.List challenging situations you currently face. Reflect on Ephesians 1:18-19 and voice this passage as a prayer for yourself. How does this passage give you hope to face the challenges you listed?

3.How can you use this passage to encourage others who may have doubts about their salvation? Identify one person with whom you will share these truths this week.

Ephesians Bible Study /Bible Study Title Lesson :Rejoice (8/01/2020) Saturday

A basic saying of the Christian life is “become who you are.” Because we have been brought to life in Christ, we can live new and distinctive lives through the power of God’s grace.

“Become who you are” actually informs the structure of Ephesians. Paul, the writer of the letter, often used this approach in his writings to teach what it means to be a child of God in this world. In Ephesians, he built it into the very fabric of the book. Chapters 1 through 3 are about the new life that is given to us in Christ. Chapter 4 through 6 are about a new walk or lifestyle that is based on this new life.

Because something is true, there is something that we are able to do. Before we become what Christ desires of us, we first must believe in what He has done for us. The latter occurs in a moment, while the former takes place over time.

Theologians use two words to describe this process: justification and sanctification.

So to be justified, that is to believe in the sufficiency of what Christ did on the cross to bring us back to God and to give us a new life. It is san event. It takes place at a particular time.

To be sanctified is an ongoing process based on our justification.

It is fatal mistake to base our status with God on the fact that we are making progress in behavior modification. It is also a mistake to assume that our position in Christ and the grace of God relieves us from any responsibility to strive for good behavior. The hinge of the entire letter of the Ephesians is found in the word therefore  (4:1). It reminds us that because we have been made alive in Christ, we are now to live and walk in a way that is worthy of the gospel.

The sequence so these Bible study lessons reflects this truth. First, we will examine the spiritual realities of the life of a believer—topics like salvation, redemption, adoption—as well as oneness in Christ and the mystery of the church. As we embrace these matters with resolute conviction, we then are ready to hear God’s call to us to embrace holiness and to engage in spiritual warfare.

Therefore, as we embark on Bible Study in Ephesians.  I hope grow in the Lord and be that disciple that God wants you to be.

I am not the take person who does a Bible Study and do not expect grow. You got pastor at churches for 10, 20, 30, and 40 years and you look the spiritual growth with their Church and you see absence. If you one of those pastor, you probably need to step down and find you another church because you are burn out. And you are doing your congregation any good.

Bible study are design to grow the church and prepare them to go out into this world and make other disciple.

That is not my word, but Jesus tell us to make disciple. So, I am all about discipleship and being the hand and feet of Jesus. Every church should have outreach program to reach out the community around them. If you like, oh , I do want do this, pray you are not in leadership role in to your church.

So we little overview of Ephesian 1:1-14. As all of us, Paul knew there was nothing accidental about his life and experience with God. Called to be an apostle by Christ, he knew that his calling on his life was the will of God (see that in verse 1) and not just random occurrence of being in the right place at the right time. The word “apostle” means ‘messenger,” someone through whom God sends His message.  Paul along with other apostle, was the human instrument through which God’s Word has come to us. All of this was the will of God for him as when as child of God as will for each and every on of us.

What we will see typically is Paul wrote to church because there was some situation need of being addressed. It was sometimes a problem, or an issue brought to his attention. Ephesians is different. Paul moves quickly from a personal greeting to a sweeping treatise on the eternal purposes of God in salvation. One way of looking at it is as discussion of the grand scheme of things, but more specifically the divine things of salvation. Before the apostle dives into the nitty gritty issues of church life and function, he will take the Ephesians back to the foundation of the world.

This great message is directed to faithful saints (see v 1). Paul used the word saint differently than we often do. He was not just addressing people who are usually moral (although Paul will call for ethical behavior in light of God’s wonderful call to salvation), nor did he envision a person who bears up admirably under crushing burdens in life. A saint is simply a believer in Christ, set apart for salvation and service.

The faith was being lived out in Ephesus. It was a major city perhaps the fourth or fifth largest city in the world at that item. There was great opposition to the gospel there (see Acts 19:1-41) It was port city, which meant diverse influences from all over the world come to Ephesus and contend for the minds of the populace. Nevertheless, it was Ephesus where Paul proclaimed the gospel of grace and peace (v 2) In this great letter, we discover where grace and peace can be found.

Question #1: As we read Ephesians 1:3-14, let’s notice each occurrence of the phrase “in Christ.” What is the significance of being “in Christ”?

Bible Study Title : Rejoice

God chose to provide the blessings of salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice.

Ephesians 1:3-14, “ Blessed be the God and Father our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4.According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8. Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9. Having made know unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:10. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:11.  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Question #2 : How should God’s choosing us impact our view of life?

Question #3: How should His choice to offer salvation impact our attitude toward God? I

Question #4: n what way should you live differently because of it?

Question #5: How does the inheritance of possession or land compare to the inheritance promised to believers?

1 Peter 1:4, “ To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”

Secondary Reading Source: Explore the Bible Personal Study Guide Ephesians 

David O. Dykes, General Editor 

Brett Selby, Author