The Gospel in Acts

  1. What were the disciples looking forward to just before Jesus’ ascension (Acts 1:4-11)?
    • Luke 17:20-21
    • Luke 19:11-27
    • Matthew 21:33-46
  1. How does Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:1-41 reflect the Gospel of the Kingdom?
    • Who was he preaching to? Where were they from? What did they all have in common?
    • What does “in the last days” (Acts 2:17) mean?
    • What does Peter mean by “save yourselves from this crooked generation” (Acts 2:40)?
  1. Why were the apostles beaten and what was their response in Acts 5:40-42?
    • “They did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.” – What does “the Christ” mean?
      • Acts 2:36
  1. What is the common theme in the disciples’ sermons?
    • Acts 8:12
    • Acts 19:8
    • Acts 20:25
    • Acts 28:31
  1. What is the scope of Jesus’ lordship? Who is the promise for?
    • Acts 1:8
    • Acts 2:39
    • Romans 10:12
  1. How is the proclamation that “Jesus is Lord of all” especially scandalous for a Roman Centurion (Acts 10:1-11:18)? How do you think Cornelius came to know God?
  1. Why was Paul’s message in Acts 13:13-52 so upsetting to certain Jews and so exciting for the Gentiles? Where do you see the message of God’s Kingdom here?
  1. The disciples were regularly persecuted. What motivates them to continue?
    • Acts 14:19-23
    • Luke 22:28-30
  1. What do you think of Paul’s preaching strategy in Acts 17:16-34?
    • How does this passage compare to Jesus’ message of “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17)?
  1. In Acts, we see the disciples spreading the news of God’s Kingdom. God delegated dominion to man in the beginning (Genesis 1:28,2:15). To whom and for what mission does Jesus delegate his authority?
    • Acts 1:8
    • Matthew 24:14
    • Matthew 28:18-20
    • John 20:21-22
    • Jesus came to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24) to empower them to get back to the mission God had for them from the start. What Jesus was to Israel, he now works through his body, the church, to do for the world. We are to display the Kingdom and be the light of the world, and through us all the nations will be blessed (Genesis 12:2-3).
  1. As we have seen here and before, there is a cost to be paid to enter God’s Kingdom. But if we will pay it, the reward is greater than anything we can imagine.
    • Matthew 25:34

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