Acts: The Gospel In Motion

Discussion Guide: Acts 5:17- 7:

1. In Acts 2, 4, and 5, Peter preaches essentially the same Gospel message but to different
audiences. Refer to Acts 2:14-41, 4:8-12, and 5:29-32. Did Peter’s message or delivery change
based on his audience and how they might receive the Gospel? How is the response to the
Gospel the same in both places? How is the response different? What does Peter’s boldness
teach 21st century disciples about courage in proclaiming Christ?

2. In Acts 6, we see the first century church transition from an entirely Apostle led ministry to
service ministries being led by members. What encouragement does it give you to know that
God trusted the infant church to Godly but ordinary people? What encouragement does it give
you to know that in the hands of these ordinary people, the infant church grew?

3. Acts 6 highlights a disagreement that happened early in the foundation of the church. How did the apostles handle the disagreement? What is the benefit of addressing congregational issues when they cause division? What measure did the early church use to vet those who would handle practical matters in the congregation (see v. 3 and 5)? In verse 7, we see that the Gospel continued to spread after this disagreement. What role did Godly and thoughtful leadership play in preserving unity of the early church? What lesson can learn from their handling of their situation?

4. John says that, “The mission of the first century church was to proclaim the message of Jesus
and demonstrate the power of Jesus.” How does Peter demonstrate this in Acts 2-6? How does
Stephen demonstrate this in Acts 7? How do we demonstrate this in the 21st century?

5. Stephen began his ministry by serving in a very practical way- by waiting on a tables. He served tables because that was the need. How does faithfully serving where there is a need “proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and demonstrate the power of Jesus”? How does serving where there is a need promote discipleship? How does serving where there is a need reveal undiscovered talents or lead to unforeseen opportunities for ministry?

6. Stephen was courageous. How much do you think his active participation with the body
emboldened him to serve and proclaim the Gospel? How much does active participation with
the body embolden us to serve and proclaim the Gospel? How can we stay meaningfully
connected to the body given the constraints Covid has introduced to so many in our church
family?

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