The Story:
Discussing Chapter 28

by Living Springs Community Church on June 18, 2016

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 26: The Hour of Darkness

Based on Acts 1:3–8

Breaking the ice

If you had some big news to share, how would you start spreading the word? Phone calls? Social media? At a family gathering?

Digging in

Following Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to all kinds of people, not just the disciples. And everyone who saw the risen Lord wanted to talk about it. This is one reason the early Church grew so fast—people were eager to talk about Jesus, to hear each other’s stories, to encourage each other as they tried to remember and live everything Jesus had taught them.

Reflecting

  1. Why do you think the Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire? What truths does this symbolism evoke for you?
  2. God the Father was the most visible person of the Trinity in the Old Testament. God the Son was most visible in the Gospels. Now, in the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit becomes most prominent. What kinds of things did you learn about the Holy Spirit from this chapter of The Story?
  3. Saul goes through a dramatic change in this chapter. Do you know anyone who has a similar story of total transformation? Do you know anyone whose story is less dramatic but just as real?
  4. What does Peter’s story teach you about suffering? What does Stephen’s story teach you about martyrdom?

Praying

As a group, spend some time praying about what news you could share about Jesus with your neighbors, co-workers, family….

 

For next week…

Chapter 29: Paul’s Mission

Based on Acts 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20; Romans 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 15; 1 Corinthians 1, 3, 5, 4, 6, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16; Galatians 1, 3, 5, 6; 1 Thessalonians 1–5

  • Paul’s first missionary journey
  • Jerusalem Council
  • Paul’s second missionary journey
  • Paul’s third missionary journey

 

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