Week 5

 

  1. Read Acts 8:1-3.  Upon the death of Stephen, the church was persecuted and believers scattered.  Saul (later called Paul) began to destroy the church, going from house to house  to drag men and women to prison.  In light of Acts 2, how do you picture a “house church”?  Post Covid-19, do you think “house churches” are a good idea?  Why or why not?

  2.  Read Acts 8:4-8. The Gospel spread through the scattering of believers as they preached the word of the Lord wherever they went. It was not only the apostles that spread the word, it was regular folks like you and I.  What does it mean to you that ordinary people were so convinced, so compelled by the Holy Spirit and so willing to risk their lives to share the story of Christ?  What does this teach you about your own witness?

  3.  Scriptures tell stories of people introduced to the Gospel message.  What happened to the following people upon hearing about Jesus Christ? Describe them before and after their encounter with Christ.
  1. Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8:9-25)

  2. The Eunuch (Acts 8:26-39)

  3. Saul (Acts 9:1-19)

  4. Aeneas (Acts 9:32-35)

  5. Cornelius (Acts 10:23-48)

  • Who brought the Gospel message to each of these individuals?  In what context?  As ambassadors for Christ, what do these examples teach you about bringing the Gospel message to others – even those who seem to be unlikely recipients?

  • Do you believe that God can change anyone?