Week Three beginning 15th of September
The genesis of the church inspired by the Holy Spirit, sharing, witnessing and facing persecution.
Read Acts 2:42-5:42 (it would be better if everyone read it before meeting as a group)
In chapter three we have Peter and John healing a disabled man and later on in the chapter Peter uses this occasion as an opportunity for him to preach the Gospel with the outcome of 5000 men believing (Acts 4:4)
In chapter four Peter and John are arrested because there were teaching and proclaiming that Jesus was resurrected from the dead and as they face the Jewish leadership which forbid them to preach and teach in the name of Jesus. In the second part of chapter four we have the believers working out their discipleship in prayer and sharing materially.
In chapter five we are faced with the sad story of Ananias and Sapphira, the way the church reacted (v11) to that. Luke carries on to pen down the ministry of the apostles for the sick and those with unclean spirits and how they were interrupted again by the Sanhedrin. Gamaliel’s persuasion leads to the release of the apostles.
- How does 2: 42-47 reflect 1:8? Which parts of this promise are being fulfilled? How does this relate to CRBC?
- Reflect on 3:6-10 and 4:8-12? What is so significant about the name of Jesus?
- What are some of the similarities of Peter’s challenge in chapter 2 and that of chapter 3?
- What new things of the resurrected Christ do we see in chapter four ?
- How do we come to term with the situation of Ananias and Sapphira’s sin?
- In 5:12-42 take a look at the arguments Gamaliel uses before the Sanhedrin? What do we make of it?
Thought for the week: Colossians 3:17 (The Message)
Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.