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A Small Group Bible Study

Read

Acts 24 – 26:32

Discussion Questions

  1. Describe what is happening in your own words.
  2. What stood out to you as you read?
  3. Did these verses raise any questions as you read?
  4. What can we observe from this story about God the Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit?
  5. What can we observe from this story about people?
  6. What can we learn from this story about who we should be as believers and who we should be as a church?
  7. Why is this passage in this particular book of the Bible? What might the Bible lose if this passage was left out?
  8. What is something you sense the Spirit leading you to do in obedience to this text?

Weekly Teaching

Going Deeper

For the going deeper portion of our study this week, let’s simply examine two verses found in chapter twenty-six. These verses show four things that Christ does for all men and women who place their trust in Him. These verses are found in the context of Paul sharing his story of salvation with King Agrippa. We’re going to be spending some time meditating on this section of Scripture, so it might be helpful to grab a notebook and a pen to journal out your thoughts and prayers as we go.

Read Acts 26:17-18

The first thing that we see Christ doing for those who place their faith in Him is that He opens their eyes. Paul was sent to the Gentiles to open their eyes and when we trust Christ, our eyes are opened as well. Perhaps you remember what it was like to have your eyes opened. Maybe there are areas of your life that you need your eyes opened to right now. Spend time in prayer asking God to reveal to you the blind spots in your life. Secondly, we see in these verses that Christ turns us from darkness to light. It’s as if we were walking the wrong way and through our encounter with Christ, we are now headed the correct way with light in front of us and darkness behind us. Pause here for a moment, reflect on the fact that you have been taken out of darkness and placed in the light by Christ. Then praise and thank Him for the salvation that He has given to you.

A third thing that Christ does for us is He transfers us out from the power of Satan and into the power of God. The things that we were once enslaved to, now hold no power over us. We are freed people, free to pursue God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Spend some time reflecting on the areas you have been freed and searching your heart for any area that might be enslaved currently. Ask the Lord to break the chains of that stronghold.

Finally, Paul describes that Christ gives us the forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified. We are no longer tied to the death that is the consequence of the sin in our lives and we are now a part of a broader family, the family of God. As such, we are coheirs with Christ as sons and daughters of the King! In this final section, spend time in praise and adoration of your heavenly Father, the King. Remind yourself of your true identity and praise Him for that identity.

Lastly, we see that all of these elements were part of Paul’s story, and they are part of yours. If asked, would you be able to share your story with someone? What would you say? What would you highlight? How would your story point others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?

An Invitation

North Way is deeply committed to caring for the marginalized in society. Our Transformational Outreach ministries serve to share the hope of the gospel in practical ways with the orphaned, abandoned and at-risk among us. If you haven’t already, take some time this week to check out the Campus Mission Engagement section at the bottom of the Acts homepage. Here you can learn more about ways your campus is committed to caring for others in our city and across the globe. Consider ways that you can begin serving if you aren’t currently.

As we come to the end of our study of Acts together, let’s work to make sure we aren’t just people who talk about taking hope to the word. Rather, may we be people who do the difficult and holy work of showing up in our communities and caring well for others to transform the Pittsburgh region with the hope of the gospel.

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