Group Studies

 

We find that the Christians in Jerusalem were "daily in one another's homes" and that they "continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship". There is a great need today for Christians to spend time together during the week, sharing one another's lives and growing together in the Word of God. These studies have been designed with that in mind. There are several different series in this category, some completed, and some still in development week by week, we hope they can be used with great profit when strengthening your faith. We pray they will be a blessing to you.

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A study of Acts

This section contains Bible studies on the book of Acts. Each study contains one page of questions to lead the searcher in his/her examination of the chapter(s) it covers. There are no leader guides, or answer sheets as many of the questions require the individual to consider and explain their own thoughts about certain people, situations, doctrines, or occurrences in the passage. These studies assume a moderate amount of personal Biblical knowledge. 

You can use these studies to guide or supplement your own personal study as you read through Acts, or they can be used with a small group who are studying Acts together.  If you are doing the latter, it might be beneficial to download and print either the Word document, or the pdf document as they will print as a fill-in-the-blank worksheet. 

Chapter 1

1) Introduction (1:1-2)

a) What is the former account mentioned in 1:1?
b) Who is Theophilus?

2) Christ's final message and resurrection (1:3-11)

a) What promise did he give the apostles?
b) What question did they ask him? What was his answer?
c) How did he ascend?
d) What were the apostles told to do?

3) The upper room (1:12-26)

a) Who was there?
b) What were they doing?
c) Where was Judas?
d) What qualified someone to replace him?
e) Who chose Matthias? How?

Chapter 2

1) Coming of the Holy Spirit (2:1-4)

a) Who did the Holy Spirit fill?

b) How did it look/sound?

2) The Crowd's Response (2:5-13)

a) Why were these people in Jerusalem?

b) Why was this confusing to them?

3) Peter's Sermon (2:14-39)

a) What time was the third hour of the day?

b) Why does Peter quote Joel?

c) Summarize Peter's sermon:

d) What is "the gift of the Holy Spirit (vs.38)?

4) The church grows (2:40-47)

a) How did they "continue in the Apostles doctrine and fellowship"

b) Can we do the same today? How?

c) Why did they sell their possessions and divide them among all?

Should we do that today?

Chapters 3-4

1) Healing the Lame man (3:1-11)

a) Why was this such an amazing healing?

b) How is this different from the modern day "Televangelist Healers" such as Oral Roberts or Benny Hinn?

2) Peter's Sermon (3:12-26)

a) Compare Vs. 17 to Luke 23:32

b) Beginning in Vs. 18, Peter appeals to the prophets. Why does he do that?

c) How did Peter say Jesus would bless them?

3) Peter and John arrested and in custody (4:1-22)

a) Who arrested Peter and John, and why?

b) What question do they ask Peter at his arraignment? (Compare Matthew 21:23-28)

c) Consider Peter's direct answer and contrast it with Jesus answering the same question with a question. Why did they answer differently?

d) They were threatened and commanded not to preach in Jesus name anymore. Explain Peter's response:

4) Their release and prayer for boldness (4:23-31)

a) Should we pray for relief from persecution or boldness in it's face?

5) Their Spirit of Oneness (4:32-37)

a) How can we promote and manifest this spirit in our church today?

Chapter 5

1) The First Church Discipline (5:1-11)

a) What did Ananias & Sapphira do that was wrong?

b) How did Peter describe their sin?

c) Where did they get the idea to do this?

2) Amazing growth (5:12-16)

a) In Vs. 13 "Yet none of the rest dared join them" Who are them and who is the rest?

3) The Apostles Arrested and Delivered (5:17-32)

a) Who arrested them and why?

b) How did they get out of prison?

c) The two charges the Sanhedrin Court brought against the apostles were 1) you disobeyed our command not to teach in Jesus name, and 2) you are trying to make us appear guilty of Jesus' death. How do the apostles answer these charges?

4) Gamaliel's Speech (5:33-42)

a) He mentions two revolutionaries who both drew away disciples and yet their movements both failed. Why does he tell these two stories?

b) What is his advise to the council?

c) Do they follow his advise?

d) What did the apostles do after they were beaten and released?

Chapter 6

1) The Seven Chosen to Serve Tables (6:1-7)

a) Why was there a need to appoint men for this task?

b) Who were the Hellenists?

c) What were the qualifications Peter told them to look for in choosing these men?

d) Who appointed them?

e) Were these guys deacons?

f) If so, what can we learn about the work of a deacon?

g) If not, what office did they hold?

h) How did their work differ from the Apostles?


2) Stephen Arrested (6:8-15)

a) How was Stephen doing miracles since only Apostle had done miracles up to this time?

b) Who were the people he was debating?

c) What did they accuse him of?

d) Was their accusation true? e) Explain what he looked like to those in the council

 

 

Chapter 7

1) Stephen's sermon to the Council (7:1-50)

a) Stephen begins with Abraham, why do you think he did that?

b) What is Stephen's theme in this sermon?

c) Why were the Pharisee's so offended by his sermon?

d) Why begin with a History lesson to these men who knew the Israelite History so well?

e) Do you see the recurring story line of the faithful servant of God rejected and persecuted by the unfaithful descendants of Abraham?

f) Give two examples from the sermon:

g) What did Stephen mean when he said "God turned and gave them up..." (42)?

h) Why would Stephen have brought the Temple into the sermon?

i) Does the Temple still matter at this point? Explain your answer:

2) Stephen makes it personal (7:51-53)

a) Why did Stephen get personal here? b) What does this teach us about effective preaching?

3) The Martyrdom of Stephen (7:54-60)

a) When they were "cut to the heart" why didn't they react like those who were "pricked in their heart" in Acts 2?

b) Why do you think God showed him this vision?

c) What did Stephen pray for?

d) Could/would you do the same?

 

 

Chapter 8

1) The church leaves Jerusalem (8:1-4)

a) Why did the church leave Jerusalem?

b) Who didn't leave and why?

c) What did they do when they left Jerusalem?

d) Does this exhibit a different heart/attitude than we have today? Why?

2) Phillip's work in Samaria (8:5-24)

a) Discuss the conversion of Simon. Why was he converted?

b) Compare and contrast Vs. 13 with Vs. 21-22;

c) Was Simon truly converted? d) Why did the Apostles send Peter and John to Samaria?

 

3) The Conversion of the Ethiopian (8:25-40)

a) What do we know about the Ethiopian's Character?

b) Read and give a brief explanation of Isaiah 53:7-8

c) What did Phillip preach? What did that inc lude?

d) What would biblically prevent someone's baptism?

e) What congregation did the Ethiopian become a member of?

 

Chapter 9

1) The conversion of Saul (9:1-19)

a) Why was Saul going to Damascus?

b) Who did Jesus say Saul was persecuting?

c) How was that possible since he had already ascended?

d) What does "It is hard for you to kick against the goads (pricks)" mean?

e) Was Saul quick or slow to repent?

f) Who did God send to teach Saul?

g) Did he want to go? Why?

h) At what point in this story is Saul saved? Explain your answer:

2) After Saul's conversion (9:20-31)

a) What did he do immediately after his baptism?

b) How did the Jews in Damascus react?

c) How did Saul leave Damascus?

d) What problem did he have in Jerusalem?

e) What was the result to the church of Saul's conversion (VS. 31)?

3) Miracles of Peter (9:32-43)

a) What was a result of his miracle in Lydda?

b) Why was Tabitha so well loved?

c) List a way you could possibly become more like Tabitha in your own life?

Chapter 10

1) Cornelius Sends for Peter (10:1-8)

a) List every quality mentioned about Cornelius
b) What had God noticed about him?
c) Why didn't God just tell him about Jesus?

2) Peter's Vision (10:9-23)

a) Why wouldn't Peter eat?
b) What type of animals were in the sheet?
c) What was the point of the vision?
d) What are some more character qualities of Cornelius mentioned here?
e) In what ways are you like Cornelius?
f) In what ways are you different?

3) Peter Meets Cornelius (10:24-33)

a) Why did Cornelius try to worship Peter?
b) How did Peter react?
c) Who did Cornelius gather to be with him when Peter arrived?

4) Peter's Sermon (10:34-48)

a) What does he tell Cornelius about God?
b) What does it mean "The Holy Spirit Fell on them"?
c) At what point in the story was Cornelius saved?

Chapter 11

1) Peter's Defense of Gentile Conversions (11:1-18)

a) Who were "those of the circumcision"?
b) Why did they "contend with" Peter?
c) In what way did Peter explain it to them?
d) What did the Spirit tell Peter not to do?
e) When did the Holy Spirit fall on Cornelius?
f) What did that remind Peter of? Why?
g) What does this teach us about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and how common it was?
h) Explain your answer:
i) How did "those of the circumcision" respond?

2) Barnabas and Saul (11:19-30)

a) Who did the first generation Christians preach to?
b) Then who did the second generation Christians preach to?
c) Why did Barnabas go to Antioch?
d) What was his mission (purpose) there?
e) What did he do to help accomplish this mission?
f) What "first" happened in Antioch?
g) Who was Agabus and what did he do?
h) Describe the heart of the new Christians in Antioch:
i) What practical way can you show the same heart as these Christians in Antioch?

Chapter 12

1) Herod takes Saul's place (12:1-4)

a) Who was Herod?
b) Who was the first Apostle killed & how?
c) Who did he arrest next?

2) Peter's Miraculous Release (12:5-19)

a) What was the church doing while Peter was in Prison? Why?
b) Who released Peter from Prison?
c) What did Peter think was going on?
d) What does that tell us about the reality of Visions?
e) Did Rhoda know Peter before this happened?
f) What did she do? Why?
g) Peter instructs them to tell James, but we just read (Vs. 2) James was killed. Explain:

3) The End of Herod (12:20-24)

a) What did Herod do, in these verses, that was so bad?
b) How did he die?

4) Barnabas and Saul return to Antioch (12:25)

a) Why were Barnabas and Saul in Jerusalem?
b) Who did they take with them when they returned?
c) Where have we heard of him before?
d) Herod was not killed for persecuting and murdering Christians, but was killed for his arrogant Pride. What does this teach you about the sin of Pride and taking God's credit for yourself?
e) Was his sin different than Moses' sin (Numbers 20:1-10)

Chapter 13

1) Barnabas & Saul Sent Out (13:1-3)

a) How many teachers did the church in Antioch have?
b) What did they do when they appointed Barnabas & Saul?

2) Barnabas & Saul In Cyprus (13:3-4)

a) What did Elymas do?
b) Here we are introduced to Saul's other name. What is it?
c) What did Saul do?

3) In Antioch of Pisidia (13:13-52)

a) What did John Mark do when they got to Perga?
b) Where did they go first in Antioch?
c) How did Paul get to speak to the people?
d) Where does Paul begin in his sermon?
e) How much background did he give them before getting to Jesus?
f) What promise does he reason from scripture with them?
g) Why do you think he mentions John the Baptist?
h) Notice how Paul consistently appeals to Old Testament Scripture. Why do you think he does that?
i) What fact does Paul hinge his argument on?
j) Paul uses three quotes from Psalms (2:7; 55:3; 16:10) Read each Psalm and summarize what it says about Jesus.
k) Why does Paul include a prophetic warning (Habakkuk 1:5)?
l) What did Paul & Barnabas finally tell the unbelieving Jews?

Chapter 14

1) Paul & Barnabas At Iconium (14:1-7)

a) Were they successful in Iconium?
b) Who were the main opponents?
c) Why did they leave Iconium?

2) Idolatry at Lystra, Paul stoned, they escape to Derbe (14:8-20)

a) What was amazing about the healing at Lystra?
b) When Paul looked at the man, he was that the man "had faith to be healed". What does that mean?
c) When Paul healed the man, what was the reaction in the city?
d) Who did they think Paul and Barnabas were?
e) Summarize Paul's sermon to them:
f) What happened that turned the crowd from wanting to worship Paul to stoning him?
g) How did Paul escape death?

3) They strengthen the new congregations as they return to Antioch of Syria (14:21-28)

a) When they returned, they stopped in cities where they had begun churches. Why?
b) What did they tell the new Christians?
c) If the church is the Kingdom, and these people were in the church, what did Paul mean by "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God"?
d) What did Paul & Barnabas do when they got back to Antioch?
e) How does Paul summarize the trip?

Chapter 15

1) Conflict over Circumcision (15:1-5)

a) Where did the troubling brethren come from?
b) What did they teach?
c) What sect were the Judaizers from?

2) The council at Jerusalem considers the matter (15:6-21)

a) Who gathered to consider this matter?
b) Summarize Peter's speech:
c) What were Peter's 3 main points?

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2)
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d) What authority did James appeal to?
e) What solution did James propose?

3) The Jerusalem Decree (22-35):

a) Who did the Apostles send with Paul & Barnabas?
b) Summarize the letter that the Apostles sent with Paul & Barnabas:
c) How did the church receive the letter?

4) Trouble over John Mark (36-41):

a) Why do Paul and Barnabas have contention?
b) Who went with Paul & where did they go?
c) Who went with Barnabas & where did they go?
d) Which one of them was right?

Chapter 16

1) Paul takes Timothy with him (16:1-3)

a) What can we know about Timothy from these passages?
b) Why would Paul have Timothy circumcised?
c) Does this tell us anything about choosing Evangelists today? If so, what?

2) The Macedonian Call (16:4-10)

a) What message did they deliver in the cities they visited?
b) What two places did the Holy Spirit forbid them to preach?
c) What did they conclude after Paul's vision?

3) The Conversion of Lydia (16:11-15)

a) What type of person was Lydia?
b) Explain: "The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul"?

4) The Conversion of the Philippian Jailor (16:16-34)

a) Why were Paul and Silas arrested?
b) Discuss their attitude and actions in prison
c) Explain the Jailor's actions after the earthquake:
d) Discuss Paul's answer to his question "What must I do to be saved?":

5) Paul refuses to depart secretly (16:35-40)

a) What did Paul demand the Magistrates do before he would leave? Why?

Chapter 17

1) At Thessalonica (17:1-8)

a) What did Paul teach in Thessalonica?
b) Who became envious and what did they do?
c) What was their accusation and why was this troubling?
d) Was it true?

2) In Berea (17:10-15)

a) What two characteristics exhibited their fair-mindedness?
b) What results happened here that were similar to Thessalonica?
3) At Athens (17:16-34)
a) What provoked Paul?
b) What was the reaction of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers to his teaching?
c) What was the Areopagus?
d) VS. 22 in KJV says "too superstitious" the NKJV says "very religious". What was Paul saying to them?
e) Summarize his sermon here:
f) Why did he quote the pagan Athenian poets?
g) What was the result? Was he successful?

Chapter 18

1) At Thessalonica (18:1-17)

a) Where did Paul stay? Why?
b) Discuss ‘compelled by the Spirit' (Vs. 5)
c) What did Paul tell the Jews? Why?
d) Who was emperor of Rome?
e) What did God tell Paul in a vision?
f) Who became ruler of the synagogue in Crispus' place
g) What did Gallio tell the Jews when they arrested Paul?

2) Paul returns to Antioch (18:18-22)

a) How long did Paul stay in Corinth?
b) Why did Paul have his hair cut off? Explain:
c) List, in order, the places mentioned that Paul traveled to (Vs. 18-23)

3) Apollos learns about Jesus (18:24-28)

a) Where was Apollos from? ______________________ What country was that?
b) Discuss the two qualities given to describe Apollos
c) What was he lacking in his knowledge of the Lord?
d) Who taught him more accurately?
e) How had they learned?
f) Considering Vs. 27, do you believe letters of commendation are scriptural/valid?
g) Should we send them when brethren travel?

Chapter 19

1) Paul arrives at Ephesus (19:1-10)

a) What did Paul ask the disciples when he met them?
b) What was their answer?
c) Paul then asks about their baptism. What about their answer would make him question their baptism?
d) What did he teach them about Baptism?
e) Read Ephesians 2:8-9 and harmonize that with this account
f) How long did Paul stay in Ephesus?
g) Was his work there very successful?

2) Unusual Miracles in Ephesus (19:11-20)

a) What were these unusual miracles?
b) Who were the sons of Sceva and what did they do?
c) What happened to them?
3) The Riot at Ephesus (19:21-41)
a) Where does Paul purpose to go next?
b) Who was Demetrius and why was he upset?
c) What world renowned Temple was in Ephesus?
d) What did Paul want to do?
e) Why didn't he?
f) What did the crowd chant? _______________________________ For how long?
g) Who calmed them down?
h) What was his reasoning and his suggested resolution?

Chapter 20

1) Journey to Troas (20:1-6)

a) How long did Paul stay in Greece?
b) Why did he make a last minute change in his travel plans?
c) What do Verses 4-6 tell us about Luke?

2) Miracle at Troas (20:7-12)

a) When [what day] did the disciples assemble?
Do you know why?
b) How long did Paul preach?
c) What happened to Eutychus?
d) Did Paul raise him from the dead, or merely realize that he wasn't really dead?

3) The trip to Miletus (20:13-16)

a) Why did Paul sail past Ephesus?
b) Why would Paul want to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost?

4) Paul exhorts the Ephesian Elders (20:17-38)

a) In vs. 21 Paul reminds them of his two-fold message. What was it?
b) What did the Holy Spirit testify in every city about Paul?
c) Would that frighten or discourage you?
d) What did Paul refrain from teaching them when he was in Ephesus?
e) What warning does he give them?
f) Where will these false teachers come from?
g) What can we learn from his warning?
h) Can you imagine how sad these people were? Consider Paul's faith stated in Vs. 24

Chapter 21

1) Warnings on the Journey to Jerusalem (21:1-14)

a) Where did they find disciples?
b) What did those disciples tell Paul?
c) Who did they stay with in Caesarea?
d) Who came from Judah, and what did he do/say?
e) Imagine the scene, the disciples actions, Paul's reply, and their response. Why do you think Paul was so insistent on going?

2) Paul Seeks Peace in Jerusalem but is Arrested (21:15-36)

a) Whom did Paul meet with in Jerusalem?
b) What rumors did they tell him were circulating about him?
c) What did they ask Paul to do?
d) Why did Paul do it? Wasn't this deceptive on his part?
e) When did the Jerusalem leaders write to/about the Gentiles?
f) Did this effort at peace with the Jews work?
g) What accusations were made by the Jews from Asia?
h) Why did they accuse him of bringing a Greek into the Temple?
i) The mob intended to kill Paul, how was he saved?

3) Addressing the Jerusalem Mob (21:37-40)

a) What did Paul do that surprised the commander?
b) Who had he thought Paul was?
c) What did Paul ask to be allowed to do?

Chapter 22

1) Paul's Defense (22:1-21)

a) Why did the people keep silent?
b) Who was Paul's teacher in the Law of Moses?
c) Does he criticize or compliment the crowd?
d) Jesus said "Why are you persecuting me?" Explain how Paul was persecuting Jesus:
e) What did the light do to Paul?
f) List the things Ananias told him:
g) When Paul returned to Jerusalem, he had a vision where he saw Jesus. What did Jesus tell him to do? Why?
h) What was Paul's explanation for why this was so?
i) Where did Jesus say he was going to send him then?

2) Paul's Arrest (22:22-30)

a) At this point the people begin to riot. Why do you think this provoked them?
b) What do they yell and do?
c) What was the commander going to do to him?
d) Why didn't he?
e) Who had greater right to Roman citizenship, Paul or the commander?
f) Why was the commander afraid?
g) The commander calls a court session to find out something, what was it?
h) Who does he call in as witnesses?

Chapter 23

1) Paul Before the Council (23:1-10)

a) What claim does Paul start with?
b) What does that mean?
c) What did Paul call the High Priest?
d) Why does he apologize?
e) What did Paul discern about his audience and how did he use that insight?
f) What was the result?

2) Paul's Arrest (23:11-22)

a) What does Jesus tell Paul?
b) What vow did a group of Jews make?
c) How many were there?
d) Who did they enlist to help them?
e) What was their plan?
f) Who found out about the plan?
g) Paul sent him to whom?
h) What did the commander do to defeat the plan and did it work?

3) Paul sent to Felix (23:23-35)

a) What was the commanders name?
b) Summarize the Letter sent by the commander to Felix:
c) What did Felix tell Paul and command to be done with him?

Chapter 24

1) Paul accused of sedition (24:1-9)

a) Who did Ananias & the elders bring with them?
b) How does he begin his speech?
c) What accusations does he make against Paul?
d) What does he say about Lysias?

2) Paul's defense before Felix (24:10-21)

a) How long had it been since Paul arrived in Jerusalem?
b) Why was Paul cheerful to answer for himself?
c) What did he deny?
d) What did he confess?
e) What is a "sect"?
f) What does Paul mean by "the Way"?
g) What doctrine does Paul reaffirm here?
h) Who does he blame for the riot?
i) He says that these witnesses against him have no right to speak because?

3) Felix's response (24:22-27)

a) Why did Felix not rule?
b) Who did he claim to be waiting on?
c) What did Felix command to be done with Paul?
d) Why did Felix call for Paul?
e) Was Felix converted?

Chapter 25

1) Paul appeals to Caesar (25:1-12)

a) Who is the next judge in the case against Paul?
b) What does the High Priest petition him for?
c) Why?
d) How long was it before Festus judged Paul?
e) Who, besides Paul & Festus was at the trial?
f) What three things did Paul claim to be without offense?
g) What does Festus suggest?
h) Why?
i) What is Paul's response?

2) Paul before Agrippa (25:13-27)

a) Who is his next judge?
b) Who was with him?
c) When he arrives, summarize the story told by Festus
d) What does Agrippa ask for?
e) What did Festus ask Agrippa to help him with
f) Why?

Chapter 26

1) Paul before conversion (26:1-11)

a) How was Agrippa different from the others who had judged Paul?
b) Where did Paul grow up?
c) What sect (denomination) of the Jewish religion was Paul before his conversion?
d) What rhetorical question did Paul ask?
e) What types of things did he do to Christians?
f) Why do you think Paul begins his defense with his pre-conversion life?

2) Paul retells his conversion(26:12-18)

a) What things does he mention here that are not recorded in the earlier accounts [Acts 9, 22]?

3) Paul after conversion (26:19-23)

a) Who did he begin preaching to?
b) What did Paul then begin to preach?
c) Paul mentions 3 main points in his message about Jesus, what are they?

4) Festus and Agrippa respond (26: 24-32)

a) What does Festus reply?
b) What does Paul assert about Agrippa?
c) What does Agrippa say?
d) What was their judgment about Paul?

Chapter 27

1) Voyage to Rome begins, Paul's warning ignored (27:1-12)

a) Who was placed in charge of Paul?
b) What type of person was he?
c) What was the trouble they faced in this journey?
d) Why was sailing dangerous now?
e) What does that mean?
f) What warning does Paul give?
g) Why did they disregard Paul's warning?

2) The storm arrives (27: 13-38)

a) What did they call the tempestuous head wind?
b) What things did they do to save the ship? ¬¬
c) What was the mental state of the crew and passengers when Paul finally spoke?
d) What good news did Paul give them?
e) How did he know that?
f) How long did this storm last?
g) What were the sailors attempting to do?
h) What did Paul tell them?
i) What did Paul do to encourage everyone?

3) Shipwrecked on Malta (27: 39-44)

a) What did the soldiers intend to do?
b) Why?
c) Why did the centurion stop them?

A study of Hebrews

This section contains Bible studies on the book of Hebrews. Each study contains one page of questions to lead the searcher in his/her examination of the chapter(s) it covers. There are no leader guides, or answer sheets as many of the questions require the individual to consider and explain their own thoughts about certain people, situations, doctrines, or occurrences in the passage. These studies assume a moderate amount of personal Biblical knowledge.

You can use these studies to guide or supplement your own personal study as you read through Hebrews, or they can be used with a small group who are studying Hebrews togegher. If you are doing the latter, it might be beneficial to download and print either the Word document, or the pdf document as they will print as a fill-in-the-blank worksheet. You can find links to them in the upper right hand frame on each study page.

Getting People Involved

This series of studies focuses on motivating and equipping people to become more involved in the work of the Kindgom of God. They are not designed to be studied in any particular order, but rather each one of them has a valuable lesson to be learned.

Doing What You Do Best

Introduction: Read Ephesians 4:16

1. Serving God:

A. How does a person serve God?
B. Why does God provide a diversity of spiritual gifts, talents and abilities?

2. God compares the church to a body: -Romans 12:4-8

A. Explain Paul's comparison of the human body to the church.
B. What impact would it have on our congregation if the members really believed
that each one is gifted and is invaluable to the spiritual health of all?

3. Each part of the body has a unique ability and function: -1 Corinthians 12:11,18-20

A. What would happen if every member of the body performed the same function?
(vs. 19)

4. No matter how different your talents or abilities are, they are important because they
come from the same place and are lead by the same purpose. -1 Corinthians 12:4-6

A. How does this passage correct the false assumption that certain abilities are
better than others?
B. Does 1 Corinthians 12:21-23 shed any new light on this thought?

5. The body will not work or grow correctly if every part doesn't do it's job. The loss of
any part hurts the whole. -Ephesians 4:16

A. Some Christians experience obstacles to serving God. What are some obstacles
one must overcome?
B. How would it be detrimental to the body if any supporting ligament were no
longer responsive?
C. How would this be true in the church?

6. An example and application

The story is told that a preacher once visited a woman who lived in a poorhouse. He noticed, hanging on the wall of her shed, a framed document. He asked about the certificate, and the woman told him that an aged and invalid gentleman for whom she had cared had given it to her. In appreciation for her care, the man had scribbled on the paper and presented it to her. She framed the piece and hung it on her wall. After considerable persuasion, he was finally able to take the document to the local bank where the manager exclaimed, "We've been wondering to whom the old gentleman left his money!"

A. As this woman lived in poverty, she held the deed to a fortune. Could the same
be true of us? Has God given you treasures that lie unknown and unused?
B. What do you believe is an ability, gift, or talent that God has given you to use
for the growth and strength of the body?

How Can I Make a Difference?

 Introduction:  Read Exodus 4:1-12

1. Thinking about it:

A. Ephesians 4:11What is the 80/20 rule? Where have you observed it in operation?
B. How does it show itself in a church family?
C. How does it hurt a church family?
D. What reasons (excuses) do church members give for not being involved?

2. God called Moses to make a difference: -Exodus 4:1-12

A. But Moses Made Excuses ...

1. "They won't listen." (Vs. 1)
a. Why is it incorrect to assume people are closed to God?
b. Why are such assumptions dangerous to the Christian spirit?

2. "I can't do it." (Vs. 10)

a. What personal fears often lie behind "I can't do it?"
b. What is the difference between "I can't do it" and "I don't want to do it?"

B. God's Answers To Moses' Excuses...

1. "What's in your hand?" (Vs. 2)
a. Literally, how would you answer this question (your talents, abilities, resources)?
b. What is the power of God's advice - starting with what you have?

2. "Lay it down" (Vs. 3)

a. What is really involved in surrendering my talents and gifts to God?
b. What is most likely to keep you from placing them at God's feet?

3. Questions for Reflection and Application:

A. What is the job of the Elders & Evangelists in a congregation? Eph.4:11-12
B. What is the job of those who are not officers in the church? Eph.4:12-16

In 1981 President Ronald Reagan emerged from the Washington Hilton and was shot. Even though he was serving as our President at the time, our government continued to function as though the attempted assassination had never taken place.   uring that same year, the sanitation workers of Philadelphia went on strike and brought the city to its knees.

The point? Even though most of us would say that the Presidency is far more important than garbage collection, the sanitation workers proved that they were (and are) indispensable. Now we could spend lots of time dissecting this example, but what we need to realize is that often people, like Moses did, underestimate their talents, gifts, or opportunities to serve the Lord.

C. How would you advise a new Christian on how to get "involved" at Anna St.?
D. What can you personally do to help someone new become involved?
E. Moses had his staff. David had his sling. What's in your hand?

 

Pray for One Another

Introduction...

Intercessory prayer, standing in the gap, lifting my brother up, pleading my sister's case are all different terms to describe one action; carrying a burden, need, or thanks for another person to God.
Children sometimes go to their mother and say "Will you talk to Dad for me?" We, as children in the household of God all have this same privilege; we can talk to our Father for them.

• When you are burdened with life, do you pull inward or express outward? Why?
• Do you pray more often when there is trouble or when all seems well? Explain.

What Does It Mean To "Stand In The Gap?" For Someone Else?

Psalm 106:23
So he said he would destroy them
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach [gap] before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.

• What kind of person "stands in the gap" for another person?
• Did Moses intercede for them because Israel deserved it?
• Do you only pray for and help those who deserve it?

How Do We "Stand In The Gap" For Each Other?

James 5:13
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.
Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

• Why/How do we pray when we face "trouble?"
• Is it easy or difficult for you to pray leaving the results in God's hands? Why?

James 5:14-15
Is any one of you sick?
He should call the elders of the church to pray over him
and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.

• Would you feel comfortable calling church leaders for prayer?
• Do you believe that prayer can affect our physical health?

James 5:16
Therefore, confess your sins to each other
and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

• Have you seen prayer bring positive changes in people?

Do you now, or have you ever kept a prayer journal?
Can you see value in keeping a record of answered prayer?

• If we confess our sins to God why should anyone else need to know about it?
• How can we provide more opportunities for mutual confession and prayer?
• What would it mean if we each were willing to be God's answer to prayers?
• How can we pray for you?

The People of the Towel

Introduction:  Read John 13:1-17

a) What qualities do people look for in a leader?

1) Jesus Knows Where He Came From - John 13:3

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power,
and that he had come from God ...

a) How did this awareness put permanent meaning into his temporary day to day?
b) Do you ever think about where you have come from? What is your source?

2) Jesus Knows Where He Is Going - John 13:1,3

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power,
and that he ... was returning to God ...

a) Why/How did this insight give him confidence and direction?
b) Give a Bible example of how this knowledge impacted someone's life.
c) Does this knowledge impact your life personally? How?

3) Jesus Knows What To Do Now - John 13:4-5

... so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing,
and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that,
he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet,
drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

a) Does knowing you are from God and destined for God lead you to service? In what way have you been different because of this?
b) Explain Romans 15:4?
c) What would you have done if Jesus wanted to wash your feet? Explain.

4) Conclusion

a) Who (not in this room) comes to mind when you think about people who have the humility and servants heart to "wash feet?" Why?
b) What would it mean to practice the humility of foot washing type service in your life? (pick one)
• In your marriage?
• With your children?
• In your job?
• In your home congregation?

The Root of Compassion

Introduction:  Read 1 Corinthians 13

1. The Character of God: -1 John 4:8

A. If you could use one word to describe the Character of God what would it be?
B. Explain what John meant when he said "God is Love"?

2. The Quality of Love:

A. Think of the most loving person you know. What do they do that makes you
believe they are loving?
B. How is love defined in our society?

3. Words translated Love:

A. Phileo - to have ardent affection and feeling - Friendship love, family
1. What are some examples of Phileo love? (Rom.12:10)

B. Agape - to have esteem or high regard. - Love without regard to self-interest

1. What are some examples of Agape love? (John 3:16)

4. Agape will improve the lives of those you love with concrete action -1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

A. What aspect of love is the easiest for you to practice?
B. What aspect of love is the most difficult for you to practice?
C. Who can give an example of the patience of love?
D. Why doesn't love boast or keep a record of wrongs?

5. Compassion is an essential element of Agape: -1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

A. How can you know if your own giving is motivated by love?
B. What happens if generosity is not guided by love?

1. What does it become?
2. What does God think about it?

6. Love is the most enduring of qualities/gifts.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

A. Why does Paul contrast spiritual gifts with love?
B. How does love help us to grow up or mature?
C. Explain why love is greater than faith and hope.

7. Agape is Giving: Jn.3:16; Gal.2:20; Eph.5:25

A. God so love the world that he GAVE...
B. Husbands love your wives just as Christ also loved the church and GAVE...
C. The son of God, who loved me and GAVE...
D. List several ways you could express your love to fellow Christians by giving.

 

 

Great Stories of the Old Testament

This section contains Bible studies on some of the most well known stories from the Old Testament. Each study contains one page of questions to lead the searcher in his/her examination of the chapter(s) it covers. There are no leader guides, or answer sheets as many of the questions require the individual to consider and explain their own thoughts about certain people, situations, doctrines, or occurrences in the passage. These studies assume no personal Biblical knowledge of these stories, they are designed to introduce people to the stories and how their principles apply to the lives of Christians today.  The studies in Word and PDF format are designed to be printed and used in a group study format.

Noah and the Flood

Genesis 6-11

1. List everything you can that saved Noah

2. Draw and/or describe the Ark. What did it look like? What was it designed to do?

3. Did all the fish die during the flood?

4. How long did it take Noah to build the ark?

5. How long was Noah in the Ark?

6. How many people were on the Ark? Who were they?

7. What were the two different classes of animals Noah took on the ark?

8. How many of each class (or "kind") did Noah take on the ark?

9. What promise did God make when Noah offered a sacrifice?

10. Who did God make the rainbow covenant with?

11. How did man's diet change after the flood?

12. Why does God consider murder a sin?

13. What did Noah do after the flood?

14. What is there that we can learn from the story of Noah?

15. What are several specific things you will do (or not do) because of what you have learned in this story?

Abraham

Genesis 12-25

1. What were the promises God made to Abraham [Gen.12:1-3; 13:14-17]?

2. What land was he talking about?

3. Who are Abraham's descendants today?

4. Explain these NT passages [Rom.2:28-29; Galatians 3:29]:

5. In Genesis 23:3, many years later, Abraham makes it plain that he does not own
any of the land around Canaan. Did God fulfill the promises of Q#1 above? Explain.

6. What does Hebrews 11:8-16 teach us about this?

7. Who was Melchizedek? [Gen.14] was he Jesus Christ? [ Heb.7:1-10] Explain:

8. Who was Ishmael's mother? _________________________ Why did Abraham agree to this?

9. What does Genesis 16:12 teach us about Ishmael and his descendents?

10. Who are his descendants today?

11. How do Abraham's actions affect our world today?

12. Have the National and Land promises God made to Abraham in
Genesis 12:1-3; 13:14-16 been fulfilled?

13. What do 2 Chronicles 1:9; & Joshua 23:14-16 teach about this?

14. Why did God destroy Sodom & Gomorrah [Genesis 13; 18-19]?

15. Why do you think God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? [Genesis 22]

16. What have you learned from this and what specifically do you plan to do about it?

Jacob & Joseph

Genesis 32-50

1. What did God change Jacob's name to and why? [Genesis 32]

2. List all 12 of Jacob's son's [Genesis 49]

3. Joseph's brothers hated him because he was his father's favorite, and because of his dreams.
    Why would Jacobs's favoritism cause the brothers to hate Joseph?

4. What was the theme in Joseph's two dreams?

5. Of all the things Joseph went through, what would be the most difficult for you? Why?

6. Read & consider Joseph's explanation to his brothers of his sale into slavery [Genesis 45:1-8]

A. What does this teach us about the plans and providence of God?

B. What does Romans 8:28 say about this?

C. How does Romans 8:29 define the "good" of vs. 28?

7. Who was Joseph's father in law? And what was "On" [Genesis 41]

8. Record a basic timeline of Joseph's life

9. Why was Joseph's statement in Genesis 50:24-25 a great declaration of faith?

10. What character qualities did Joseph have that you need to emulate more in your own life?

Joseph goes to Egypt

Genesis 37-50

1. What were Jacob's two dreams & what did they mean? (37:5-10)

2. Who did Joseph say the sin of Adultery would be against? (39:9)

3. How did Joseph do in prison? (39:21-23)

4. What was the butler's dream? (40:10-11)

5. What were Pharaoh's two dreams? (41:1-6)

6. What did they mean? (41:26-27)

7. Why did Jacob's other sons go to Egypt? (42:1-2)

8. Which son did not go? (42) ___________ Why?

9. What did Joseph accuse his brothers of? (42:9)

10. What did Joseph do when he saw Benjamin? (43:29-30)

11. How did the brothers react when Joseph revealed himself? (45:3)

12. Who did Joseph say had sent him to Egypt? (45:5-8)

13. Why?

14. How many people came to Egypt? (46:27)

15. What blessing did Israel give Judah? (49:8-10)

16. When/How was that fulfilled?

17. What was Joseph's last request? (50:25)

Moses - The Exodus

Exodus 1-14

1. What strikes you most about the life of Moses before he fled to the desert? [1-2]

2. What were the three different excuses Moses gave when God sent him back to Egypt? [4]

3. What were God's answers to his excuses? [4]

4. Joseph's brothers hated him because he was his father's favorite, and because of his dreams.
    Why would Jacobs's favoritism cause the brothers to hate Joseph?

5. List the 10 Plagues that God brought on Egypt [7-12]

6. What did God mean when he said he would ‘Harden the heart of Pharaoh'? [7]

7. How did God make his presence known to the Israelites? [13]

8. Paul compares the Israelites crossing the red sea [14] to baptism [1 Cor.10:1-4]. In what ways are they alike?

Into the Promised Land

Numbers 15-36

1. What was done with the man who broke the Sabbath? (15:32-36)

2. What is the difference between a presumptuous sin and an unintentional sin? (15:22-31)

3. Who led the rebellion against Moses and Aaron? (16:1-3)

4. What happened to Korah? (16:31-32)

5. How did Aaron stop the plague? (16:46-50):

6. How many died in the Plague?

7. How did God propose to settle the matter of leadership in Israel once and for all? (17:1-6)

8. Whose rod blossomed? (17:8)

9. What did God tell Moses to do to get water from the Rock? (20:8)

10. What did Moses do instead? (20:11)

11. What was his punishment for disobeying? (20:12)

12. What sin was Moses guilty of? (20:12)

13. Where did Aaron die? (20:22-29)

14. What did God do when the people complained again? (21:4-6)

15. When Moses prayed for the people, what did God tell him to do to save those bitten
by the fiery serpents? (21:7-8)

16. What did God tell Balaam? (22:12)

17. What happened when Balaam went with the men? (22:22-34)

18. What did Balaam do instead of curse Israel? (24:10)

19. How many times?

20. How many died when Israel was immoral with the Moabite women? (25:9)

21. Who did Moses appoint to take his place as leader of Israel? (25:18-20)

22. What was Joseph's last request? (50:25)

Israel gets a King

1 Samuel

1. Whom did Samuel appoint as judges over Israel? (8:1-4)

2. Why was this a problem?

3. How did the people want to solve the problem?

4. Who did God say they were rejecting?  and Why did He say that? (8:7-8)

5. What did Saul look like? (9:1-2)

6. Who did he tell Saul to look for at the Philistine Garrison? (10:2-8)

7. Summarize what Samuel told them at Mizpah. (10:17-20)

8. Was Saul there and eager to take his place as King? (10:21-24) Explain:

9. Read Samuel's sermon at Saul's Coronation. (12:1-15)

10. Does he rebuke them or comfort them?

11. What sign did Samuel call for and God deliver? (12:16-18)

12. What foolish thing did Saul do? Why? (13:1-15)

13. What was Saul's punishment? (13:13-14)

14. Why were there no weapons in Israel? (13:16-22)

15. Compare the Saul in 11:12-13 to the one described in 14:24-44?

16. Who saved Jonathan? (14:45)

17. Saul let the power of his position go to his head. He became self-reliant instead of
      reliant on God. Are you ever that way?

18. What could Saul have done to help him keep his heart right?

 

Miscellaneous Other Studies

This section contains Bible studies that do not easily fit into the other categories. Each study contains one topic and includes questions to lead the searcher in his/her examination of the subject it covers. There are no leader guides, or answer sheets as many of the questions require the individual to consider and explain their own thoughts about certain people, situations, doctrines, or occurrences in the passage. These studies assume a moderate amount of personal Biblical knowledge.

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

1. What does Jesus say about this topic in these three passages?

A. Matthew 12:31-32

B. Mark 3:28-29

C. Luke 12:10

2. What is Blasphemy?

A. The word "blasphemy" is simply a transliteration of the Greek word blasphemia, which is derived from two different Greek words:

1. blapto = "to injure, harm; hinder," and

2. pheme = "to speak; a saying; a rumor."

B. Paul describes himself this way: "I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and
    a violent aggressor" (1 Tim. 1:13). Had Paul committed the unforgivable sin?

C. Who had he blasphemed?. (Acts 26:11).

D. Paul told King Agrippa, "I tried to force them to blaspheme" (vs. 11). Why?

3. Are there individuals guilty of blasphemy today? What do these verses say?

A. 1 Tim. 1:20

B. Col. 3:8-10

C. 2 Tim. 3:1-5

4. Blasphemy against God:

A. Men have blasphemed throughout the centuries.

1. Rom. 2:24

2. Rev. 13:6

3. 1 Tim. 6:1

B. Men have blasphemed Jesus [Matt. 27:39]

C. Men have blasphemed the Word of God [Titus 2:5 ]

5. Forgiveness for blasphemy:

A. What does Jesus say about forgiveness for these blasphemies? Matt. 12:31;
    Mark 3:28

6. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit:

A. What happened:

1. Matthew 12:22ff [John 3:2]

B. Is it some specific words uttered out loud against the Holy Spirit?

1. Matt. 15:18-19

7. Some say that the sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit cannot be committed today.

A. Why would they say this?

B. Do you agree?

8. Other Scriptures:

A. Acts 7:51 What were these people always doing?

B. Hebrews 6:4-8

C. What does it mean that those have "insulted the Spirit of grace" (Hb.10:29).

9. The scriptures mention five sins against the Holy Spirit, what are they?