Acts 9:19b -31

  1. How did Paul prove his sincerity from the very beginning of his Christian life? Cf. 1 John 3:14; Acts 26:19, 20.
  2. Comparing verse 31 with 6:7, notice how the church had extended its boundaries.
    Notice, also, the two marks of healthy spiritual life that are especially mentioned in verse 31. Are these marks, together with those seen in Paul’s life (Question 1), found in yours?
  3. Compare the Jewish opposition and the Christian fellowship that Paul experienced at Damascus    (verses 22-25) and Jerusalem (verses 26-30).
    Can becoming a Christian today still give a person new enemies and friends?

Note. The visit to Arabia of which Paul speaks in Gal.1:17 should probably be fitted in between verses 21 and 22 of the story in Acts 9.

Acts 9:1-19a

  1. What do these verses reveal of Christ’s power, majesty and glory and also of his compassion, love and grace?
    Cf. 1 Tim. 1:12-14.
  2. What task was Ananias given to do?
    In what is he an example of the help we can give to a recently converted person?

 

 

 

Acts 8:26-40

  1. Note how much of active interest and response the Ethiopian was already showing before Philip met him.
    What more did he need before he was able to go on’ his way rejoicing?
    What similar aids can we use in order to find God and to discover more of his truth for ourselves?
  2. Learn from Philip:
    (a) the qualities needed in, and
    (b) the methods used by, one man when leading another person to trust Christ.
    Are you willing to be sent on such an errand (verse 26, 29)?

Acts 8:5-25

  1. Measure the success of Philip’s ministry in Samaria by the difficulties with which he had to contend. Cf. John 4:9.
    To what was his success due?
    Cf. John 14:12; Acts 1:1. What results followed when the power when the power of God was manifested?
    See verse 6, 18-21. In what ways should such a record make us take notice?
  2. Simon was intellectually convinced of the truth and power of the gospel, but his heart was unchanged.
    How did this come to light?
    In what is it right or wrong for us to covet the power of God’s Spirit?

Acts 7:44-8:4

  1. In his conclusion (7:44-53) how does Stephen teach the divine origin and yet the inadequacy of both the Tabernacle or ‘tent of witness’ and the temple or ‘house’ which Solomon built/ What charges does he bring against his accusers?
    To what positive truths indicated or implied here ought we to pay attention?
  2. Consider the likeness between Stephen and his Lord in his life, character, and in his death.
    What did this likeness come from?
    How can we follow his example?
    Cf. 2 Cor.3:18.
  3. What were the results for the church of Stephen’s witness:
    (a) in suffering (see8:1, 3 ), and
    (d) in expansion (see 8:4, 5; 11:19 , 20)?
    Notice what God can do through one man fully yielded to his service.

Acts 7:9-43

Stephen’s speech seeks to show:
(a) That God’s presence with his people is not limited to a particular place or building (verses 2, 9, 10, 30-34, 38, 44-49); and
(b) That far from overthrowing Moses, Christ is the promised prophet like Moses of whom Moses himself spoke (verse 37).

  1. God intended Joseph (verses 9-16) and Moses (verses 20-43) to deliver his people from bondage. Notice:
    (a) The places in which they lived,
    (b) The work they had to do,
    (c) The treatment they received from their brethren, and
    (d) The results they achieved.
    In what ways do they foreshadow the work of the Lord Jesus Christ?

  2. The tragedy of Israel’s spiritual blindness is described in verses 25 and 35-43.
    (a) How did it manifest itself first in thought, will and desire (verse 39) (b) And finally in action (verses 40-43)?
    (c) What was its penalty?
    Does God still deal with his people like this?

Acts 6:1-7:8

  1. How did the apostles deal with the incipient troubles mentioned in 6:1?
    What three results followed for the widow, the Seven, and the Twelve?
    What lessons can we learn from their handling of the situation?
  2. Notice three things about Stephen’s life and ministry (6:5-15):
    (a) the outstanding features of his life (verses 5, 8);
    (b) the nature of the persecution against him (verses 11-13);
    (c) the charges laid against him (verses 13, 14).Cf. mark 14:57, 58 and Acts 21:27, 28.
    What do you consider to be the indispensable qualifications for, and the possible consequences of, faithful witness for Christ?

 Notes

  1. 6:1. ‘Hellenists’ denote Jews who had lived abroad and spoke Greek ‘Hebrews’ were Jews of Palestine who spoke the Jewish language.
  2. Stephen’s ministry marked a vital stage in the growth of the early church, ‘first drove a wedge between Judaism and Christianity’ (see Acts [ TNTC], pp. 128-150).