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Weekly Discussion Questions for September

WEEK 1

BEING WITNESSES

Acts 1:1-11

Jesus invites us to claim the power of the Spirit and be a witness.

Questions-

  • The disciples are interested whether Jesus will restore Israel, what were their concerns? What are our concerns about our own Israel?
  • Jesus says they will be witnesses, what is a witness?
  • What does it mean that they are to be something and not to do something?
  • What is the significance of these 4 places in verse 8?
  • How is the tent expanding here?

WEEK 2

RESTORING NUMBERS

Acts 1:12-26

Lacking their 12th disciple, the other 11 figure out a process to pick a 12th.

Questions-

  • How do you think it felt to be 11 when you used to be 12?
  • How did it feel to pick a twelfth when Jesus picked the original 12?
  • What do we know about these 2 men?
  • The disciples never again pick lots, what changed?
  • We never hear about Matthias again, but we hear a lot about Paul, could Paul have been the 12th?
  • How is the tent expanding here?

WEEK 3

SPIRIT SPEAKING

Acts 2:1-36

The Spirit works in mysterious ways, granting power to speak and to listen.

  • What challenges of communication have you experienced?
  • Where have you seen communication miracles?
  • What was so significant about this event for the disciples?
  • How do you experience the Holy Spirit?
  • This was an astounding act of the Spirit, what then does Peter preach about?

WEEK 4

PEOPLE RESPONDING

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

Acts 2:37

Acts 2:37-47

The Spirit invites the people to repent, immerse themselves in Jesus, and celebrate forgiveness and the gift of the Spirit.

  • How do you think it feels to feel cut to the heart?
  • Peter says they should repent and be baptized (immersed), what do you think that means?
  • The result is that their sins are forgiven (past) and they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (future), what does that look like?
  • What would it feel like to add 3000 new people to a community?
  • How is the tent expanding here?

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