Reflecting on Sunday! “Making Sunday Special”

Acts 16:16 – 40

1. a.) There are three conversions described in chapter 16: Lydia, the slave girl and the jailer. What does Luke tell us about how they each came to saving faith?

b.) What similarities are there in their conversion experiences? What differences?

2. There are significant differences between these three individuals. What are they? What do you think is the significance of Luke choosing to relate these three conversions?

3. How are these three conversions related to the decision of the Jerusalem Council?

4. What is new about the opposition that Paul faces in this passage? How does he respond?

5. What can we learn from these early missionaries about perseverance in the face of opposition?

6. In a sentence or two, summarize the main point (the ‘big idea’) of this passage.

Reflecting on Sunday – How did God speak to you?

Acts 16:11 – 15

1.  Upon entering Philippi, what did Paul and team apparently do, or not do?

 

2. What details in vv. 6-10, make it clear that God is sovereign in directing the spread of the gospel? How is it evident that Luke understands the triune nature of God, in these verses? 

 3,  According to vs. 14, who initiates salvation?

4.  When it comes to reaching out to your neighbors, coworkers, classmates, etc., according to Paul’s model – how are Christians to minister to the world?

5.  What is the main theme of vss. 11 – 15?

 

 

Preparing for “The Lord’s Day” – Sunday

This week’s text – World Mission Sunday!  Feb. 19th, 2012

[11] So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, [12] and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. [13] And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. [14] One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. [15] And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
(Acts 16:11-15 ESV)

Making Sunday Special – Acts 16:6 – 10

Reflecting on this past Sunday’s text, some questions to consider:

1)  What doors in your life have you seen closed? (vss. 6 – 8)

2)  How has God spoken to you to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways in that particular situation?  (God speaks through the Bible, through prayer, through circumstances, through His people….)

3)  Where is God directing Paul’s mission?

Thursday’s Blogpost to prepare our hearts for Sunday

In the rhythm of our week, Thursday begins the day that we begin to prepare our hearts to receive from the Lord that which He, and He alone would have for us when we gather together on Sunday morning. With that in mind, here is our text for this Sunday:

Acts 16:6 – 15  “When God changes your direction”.

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

Making Sunday Special – How did God speak to you?

Questions to engage the text of Acts 16:1 – 5

1)  Who among our young people do we see the Lord at work in their lives and how might we encourage them?

2)  Do we attempt to do ministry all on our own without recruiting an apprentice?  Why or why not?

3)  What habit is a deterrent to others in my life that I might need to drop for awhile because that habit is a hinderance for that person coming to faith in Jesus?

4)  Is Christ Church being strengthened in the faith daily?  Why or Why not?

5)  Is the Lord adding to our number daily those being saved?  Why or Why not