Acts: The Gospel In Motion

Wednesday Night Bible Class: Acts 2: 14-41
Questions for discussion and study
  1. Acts 2:12-41 teaches that many people came to faith in Jesus as a result of the apostle’s preaching.  Acts 2:42-47 reveals the next steps the believers took in faith.  What were they? How did faith in Christ affect these new believers? What do you think an important “next step” for this group of new converts would be?
    • Our motto at Collegeside is: “Be One, Make One, Send One.” How can we at Collegeside use Acts 2 as a model for how to put our motto into practice?
  2. Read Acts 2: 42-47. How would you describe the attitude and atmosphere in the early church? What about this attitude would have been appealing to unbelievers? What is your attitude toward your church family? Is your attitude attractive to unbelievers?
  3. The word “devoted” is used in verse 42 and means “to give your constant attention.” What activities did the early Christians “devote themselves to” in this verse?  Why do you think Luke wrote down these specific activities? What example does this set for 21st century disciples?  How devoted are you to each of these things?
  4. Acts 2:46-47 indicated that there was a balance in the early church between being “in the temple” and meeting “from house to house”.  Both seem to have been done regularly.  How might this serve as an example for us? Is it important to spend time with a group of recognizable followers of Jesus both in corporate worship (in the temple courts) and in a more intimate setting (from house to house)? Why or why not? What benefits do each offer?
  5. John explained that “fellowship” (koinônia) is more than time spent together or a potluck dinner.  Instead fellowship is a recognized closeness where people share common interests and contribute to a common cause. Biblically, koinônia is sharing and contributing to the cause of Christ. In the early church, Jesus was the central reason for their gathering.  How does the Gospel create fellowship? In what way do you spend time with others where Jesus is the central reason for meeting? How did the early Christians contribute to the cause of Christ? In what ways do you and can you contribute to the cause of Christ?
  6. Why is isolation dangerous for believers? How does the Enemy use isolation- both spiritual and physical – to ensnare believers? What role does fellowship play in fighting the dangers of isolation? Why do you think true fellowship is devalued by 21st century society?

Connecting to Sunday: consider this question after Sunday’s sermon
  1. How does the Samaritan encourage fellowship? How does he display the type of fellowship Jesus wants his disciples to engage in?
  2. What personal feelings or attitudes do you have to set aside to be in fellowship with other believers?  How is putting Christian fellowship above person feelings loving our neighbors.

Personal Reflection:
  1. What do you continually devote yourself to doing?  Do any of these activities intentionally spread the message of Jesus? If not, how can you use the activities you are devoted to share the Gospel?

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