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Weekly Discussion Questions for January

WEEK 1

WHAT THEN SHOULD WE DO?

Luke 3:4-6, 8-14

  • What would a world look like with mountains and valleys evened out?
  • What do you think of the question the people ask John, “What then should we do?”?
  • How would you describe his response in your own words?
  • Does his response to tax-collectors and soldiers surprise you? What might you have expected?
  • What would John say to you?

WEEK 2

THE BIGGER TENT INCLUDES SAMARITANS

Acts 8:1-8, 14-17, 25

The Kingdom tent even includes people we look down upon, the Spirit is doing it.

  • What good things come out of the persecution of the early church?
  • What might be the reasons that the church decided to send John and Peter to Samaria when they heard that the Samaritans were following Jesus?
  • How do you think Peter and John felt when the Spirit entered the Samaritans?
  • How are John and Peter changed by their encounter with God’s grace?
  • Who are the present day Samaritans?

WEEK 3

THE SPIRIT WILL NOT BE MONETIZED

Acts 8:9-19,20-24

We do not control the Spirit, we are to invite the Spirit to control us.

  • What impressed Simon about what the Disciples were doing?
  • Why would he have wanted that “ability”?
  • What strikes you about Peter’s strong response to Simon?
  • What makes this such a big deal that Peter would respond with such strong words?
  • What does this teach us about how we approach the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

WEEK 4

PHILLIP RESPONDS AND GETS TO PARTICIPATE

Acts 8:26-29, 30-40

Phillip responds to the nudge of the Spirit and gets to participate in transformation.

  • What strikes you about the Spirit’s nudge and Phillip’s response to it?
  • Knowing that the Eunuch was not allowed in the temple, what might have drawn this man to that particular pilgrimage?
  • What strikes you about his cry, “How can I, unless someone guides me?”?
  • As well, what strikes you about his cry- “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”?
  • What do you think Luke means that the Spirit snatched Phillip away?

WEEK 5

PAUL MEETS JESUS

Acts 9:1-19

Jesus never counts anyone as too far gone and welcome EVERYBODY in.

  • Put yourself in Saul’s shoes. How does he feel after seeing the light?
  • Put yourself in Ananias’s shoes, how does he feel when he is asked to go visit Paul?
  • What does it mean that Ananias calls Saul brother?
  • Now how does Saul feel now that he can see?

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