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HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, June 28th)

Scripture Reading: Acts 17:10-15

Check-in: how is everyone doing? What are your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs at this time?

What has God been speaking to you through this passage? What new insights or reflections have come out of your personal time with God recently?

Paul and his followers fled from Thessalonica to Berea, where, verse 11 says, “they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Why do you think the people tested what they heard preached? Do you think it was skepticism or something else?

As a Believer, do you also see yourself as a Theologian? Why or why not? In what ways might this passage support or challenge your view on this?

Paul and his followers’ ministry was seen as so threatening to the opposition in Thessalonica that driving them from their city was not enough; they actually pursued them to Berea, which was about 80km away from Thessalonica, by road. What instinct or motivation do you think drove the trouble-makers? What do you think they stood to lose as a result of the Gospel spreading?

After hearing the Gospel of Jesus, one can’t help but be changed. In what ways have you felt like the Bereans? In what ways have you felt like the Thessalonicans?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, June 21st)

Scripture Reading: Acts 17:1-9

Check-in: how is everyone doing? What are your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs at this time?

What is God speaking to you through this passage? Any “A-ha!” moments or things that stand out in your reflection time this week?

Verse 2 says that Paul went to the synagogue, and “on three Sabbath days, he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead.” Many times, we see our faith through an abstract or emotional lens. In what ways though do you view your faith as reasonable?

Where might you start if you wanted to form a reasonable argument for your faith in Jesus Christ, and his death and resurrection?

Jason and some other believers were dragged from their home by an angry mob, accused, and forced to post bond by the city officials before they could be released. What was their crime? What would have appeased the mob and city officials as a further condition of their release, and what consequences might it have had for Paul and his followers?

As believers in a sometimes dangerous and hostile world, what role does radical hospitality play in our lives? What might this look like?

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