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Weekly Discussion Questions for November

WEEK 1

YOUR WHINE IS YOUR WORK

Acts 6:1-7

The whine of the Hellenists becomes the unique way they serve the kingdom and everybody ended up doing better.

  • What injustice in the world bothers or frustrates you?
  • The Hellenists were frustrated by the treatment of their widows, what did they do with their frustration?
  • What was the solution that the leaders brought forth? Who was invited into this task (hint, all the names mentioned are Hellenist names)?
  • Who do you know that is doing the work that is right for them?
  • What was the end result of each group taking on their specific tasks?
  • What task might you undertake because of your frustration?

WEEK 2

STEPHEN MARTYRED

Acts 6:8-8:1a

Stephen followed his savior Jesus in life and he followed him to his death.

  • The text says that “they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he (Stephen) spoke.” What do you think those discussions were like?
  • When they could not argue him down, they resorted to dirty tricks. What do you think was their motivation and rationalization for doing this?
  • What strikes you about Stephen’s summary of the Hebrew Bible?
  • What made the leaders so angry at Stephen?
  • What strikes you about Stephen’s attitude during his death?
  • What Martyrs can you give thanks for?

WEEK 3

GIVING THANKS

Psalm 103:1-5, Isaiah 12:1-6

  • What are you thankful for right now?
  • How is giving thanks connected to exalting?
  • How does giving thanks work against forgetting?
  • What does it mean to draw water from the well of salvation?
  • How does thankfulness weave its way through your day?
  • What is one practice of giving thanks you could add to your routine?

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