HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, June 17, 2018)Scripture Reading: Acts 4:21-31
● After being interrogated by men with (earthly) power, Peter and John’s response, along with the other Believers, was to pray for even more boldness in preaching the gospel of Jesus. Why do you think they were so secure in what they were to do? How did they interpret the events surrounding their interrogation, and specifically, God’s role within them?
● Why did the Believers pray for the Holy Spirit to provide more “signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus”? Was this an expression of a lack of faith or an abundance of faith? Why so?
● How does this passage hint at both divine providence as well as human responsibility? Read again Acts 2:23, and then Acts 3:13-15. How do you think these two ideas relate to each other?
● Read verse 31 again.
○ Can someone be “filled with the Holy Spirit” more than once? Is every Believer filled with the Holy Spirit 24/7?
○ If it is not an automatic process or a one-time thing that believers are filled with the Holy Spirit, how does this inform the way you look at prayer?
● The Holy Spirit is ready to respond. What is your prayer tonight?
HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, June 3, 2018)Scripture Reading: Acts 4:1-22
•As you read this story, what do you think about the men who seized Peter and John? What role do you imagine they played in society? How do you think they were viewed by the people? Finally, why do you think they were so threatened by what was taking place?
•The Sadducees represented the aristocracy class and would have worked closely with the Romans to protect their own interests. In contrast with other Jews and even the Pharisees, they also did not believe in the resurrection from the dead (see Mark 12:18). Given these, why do you think Peter’s sermon was especially disturbing to them?
•Read Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41; and Acts 4:4. What were the people hearing and what were they witnessing that accounted for the incredible growth of the church? Another way of looking at this: what were the claims being made by the apostles, and what was the evidence supporting these claims?
•Verse 13 highlights that Peter and John were “unschooled, ordinary men.” Why was this significant to the religious leaders (“they were astonished”)? Why was this significant to the crowds (see Acts 3:12)? Why is this significant to Christians today?
•Reading this account of Peter and John being tried by the Sanhedrin (the Jewish High Court), and echoing Pastor Rob’s question from his message last week, why was it significant that the man who was healed had been lame from birth?
•Have you had a similar, “who should we listen to?” (v. 19) moment in your life, when you felt pressure to keep quiet about the truth of Jesus? Notice that, in verse 20, Peter’s and John’s response was not, “we will not stop speaking…” but rather, “we cannot help speaking…” Why is this an important distinction?
•How does this story inspire you to speak boldly about what you have seen and heard about Jesus?
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