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The Church that Prays Together (Acts 4:23-31)

When Peter and John were released, they went back to their companions (literally, “their own”) to report what had happened (v23). There is a strong sense of identity with the early followers of Jesus, even those who had recently begun

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Hyperfocus (Acts 3:11-26)

Acts 3.11-26 Peter denies that he has any power or influence over God in order to claim responsibility for the miracles. What is Peter’s understanding of agency and how God heals through the apostles? Peter instead puts the attention squarely

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The Extraordinary Works of God (Acts 3:1-10)

Acts 3.1-10 We encounter Peter and John as they go about their routine, which includes regular prayer at the temple. What does this tell us about Peter and John. How is faith in Jesus related to Jewish practices? We encounter

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Life Together (Acts 2:43-47)

Acts 2:43-47 In our passage this morning we see four regular practices of the early church at it swells in number. “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”

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That You May Believe (Acts 2:14-42)

Acts 2:14-41 In this passage we see Peter speaking before the crowds on the day of Pentecost. If you were reading this for the first time, what would you expect Peter to say? Why? Peter spends his time explaining how

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The Holy Spirit: Arrival and Empowerment (Acts 2:1-13)

Questions for Acts 2:1-13  1) There seems to be a pattern in Scripture: An act of obedience by His people leads to a supernatural work of God. Cite examples from Scripture of this pattern. In Acts 2, what is the act

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The Faithfulness of the Early Church (Acts 1:12-26)

 Questions 1) What is Jesus’ call (mission) to the disciples? Why is the call so important?  2) Prayer is a central ministry of the disciples. Does prayer hold a significant place in your life and the church? If not, what

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A Holy Dissatisfaction (Acts 1:1-11 )

1) Traditionally, the Book of Acts refers to the apostles. Other suggestions include Acts of the Holy Spirit, Acts of Jesus Christ, or Acts of the Early Church. Which of the titles would you select and why? 2) How is

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An Introduction to the Book of Acts

1) Why is worship the driver of missions and not more knowledge, guilt, or other factors? Cite examples in Acts and the Gospel of Luke. 2) Usually depth means more information or more practical application. Why do these definitions fall

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The Gospel Story (Luke 23:26-49)

Luke 23:26-49 1) The crucifixion is a well-attested historical fact. Its theological significance is what secular historians question. What did Jesus’ death on the cross accomplish? How do you know? 2) Jesus died on the cross with two criminals. One

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Rebel Nation (Luke 23:1-25)

Luke 23:1-25 1) What happens with Jesus and Herod finally meet? Why do you think that Herod does not sentence Jesus to death, since we had previously read of Herod’s hatred towards him? 2) Pilate finds no reason to put

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The Gospel According to Luke: Jesus Redeems All of Life

Questions: 1)     How is following Jesus as a disciple of Christ different from following/befriending/subscribing to a person using social media? 2)     What are the essential elements for a biblical gospel presentation? 3)     The centrality of the gospel centers on the death and resurrection

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Reflections on the SBC National Convention

From the Nib of the Pastor – Reverend Francis Chung I am a relic of the past. I do not make live-stream commentary nor post my thoughts during or shortly after an event on social media outlets in the blogosphere.

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On the Road to Emmaus: A Journey from Unbelief to Faith (Luke 24:13-35)

1) In sharing the gospel, what are common objections from the recipient and roadblocks to faith? 2) In light of the disciples’ doubts even after repeated declarations by Jesus about his impending death and resurrection, doubt and unbelief are expected

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The Resurrection Account: A Story of Unbelief (Luke 23:50-24:12)

Discussion Questions: 1) List potential reasons that people miss out when God is obviously working in their lives. 2) What scriptural support demonstrates that Joseph, the women that followed Jesus, and even the disciples did not believe that the resurrection

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A Troubling Phenomenon – An Unsatisfying Faith (2:66-71)

Discussion Questions: 1) Kie Bowman describes the gospel as the “unparalleled gospel.” List aspects of the gospel that makes the gospel so deserving of this moniker. 2) What are the reason that the Christian faith could be unsatisfying? Is it

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Sovereignty that Excites (Luke 22:1-13)

Luke 22:1-13 When you think of God’s sovereignty, does it prompt you to action or justify your inaction? Why? Why do you think believers in the past shared (or did not share) the same affect? That Judas was influenced by

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What to Expect (Luke 21:1-38)

Luke 21:1-38 Jesus tells his disciples what to expect when He returns. There will be difficulties, much like the pains of childbirth before the joy of a newborn. How does an understanding of the purpose of the tribulations – as

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Helpful Answers to Tricky Questions (Luke 20:20-47)

Luke 20:20-47 The religious leaders use flattery to try to catch Jesus saying something that they can use against him. It is ironic that their truest statement is a lie to them since they did not believe it. Do we

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Parables About Prayer (Luke 18:1-14)

Luke 18:1-14 Jesus gives to parables concerning prayer and invites us to pray in the time between his first and second coming. Let us accept this instruction and devote ourselves to prayer. What ought we to pray for? Jesus uses

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