- What new truth had Peter learned from the vision?
See verses 34, 35 and cf. verse 28. Notice that the work could not develop until Peter had learned this.
Is our unwillingness to learn some divinely – revealed truth hindering God’s work in and through us?
- When Peter addressed Jews, what truths did he use to awaken their conscience (cf. 2:36 and 3:13-15)?
What truth did he
- See Notes 1 and 2. Contrast the two towns of Joppa and Caesarea, and the two men and Cornelius. The scene is now set for the Gentiles to receive the gospel.
Whose intervention was necessary to bring it about?
Whom ought we to thank for our reception of the gospel?
- How did God teach new truth to both Peter and Cornelius?
Notice the prejudice that had to be removed and the obedience that was shown.
Are you also willing to obey God when he teaches you something new and different from your natural prejudice or preference?
- What evidences do you find in these verses that a widespread revival was going on at this time, and that Christ, dwelling in his people, still moved among men as Saviour, Teacher, Healer and Friend?
What prayer ought such a record to stir us to pray?
- How do you picture Dorcas?
What ideals of Christian character and service are exemplified in her?
Can you find ways to go and do likewise?
- How did Paul prove his sincerity from the very beginning of his Christian life? Cf. 1 John 3:14; Acts 26:19, 20.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- What task was Ananias given to do?
In what is he an example of the help we can give to a recently converted person?
- 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?
- 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)?
- 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?
- 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?