Week 2
  1. Read Acts 2:14-36. In the past 3 years, Peter has gone from fishing, to following Jesus, to denying Christ, to hiding in fear for his life, to speaking boldly before the crowd to proclaim Jesus as Messiah.  How do you explain that?

  2. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).   
  • Peter became a witness for Christ.  What life experiences, personality traits, spiritual gifts and opportunities did the Holy Spirit use to prepare and empower Peter for this huge task?
  1. When Peter stepped out in faith through the power of the Holy Spirit, what was the result? (Acts 2:37-41)

  2. Think of a time when you were empowered by the Holy Spirit to step out in faith, take a risk and do something that was way out of your comfort zone.  What was the result?

  3. What is required to receive the Holy Spirit? (Acts 2:38-29)

  4. What does it mean that the Holy Spirit is a gift?  Can you choose not to open it? (Acts 2:38).

  5. It is interesting that we read in Exodus 32:38 that 3,000 people were put to death after worshiping the golden calf at Mount Sinai when they grew impatient waiting for Moses to come down off the mountain.  On the day of Pentecost, in response to Peter’s speech,  “…about 3,000 were added to their number that day” (Acts 2:41).  In addition, Pentecost falls on the anniversary of the giving of the Law of Moses.   When we read Scripture it is important to pay attention to dates and numbers.  What truth do you take away when you consider these details?

  6. Can you remember a time that you knew something was of God because of the specificity of his timing and/or provision?  Perhaps it involved restoration?