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A Small Group Bible Study

Read

Acts 9 – 11:18

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

We start this section of Scripture with Saul, a devoted Jewish leader who has been given the legal authority to arrest Jesus’ disciples. This young zealot undoubtedly believed he was working out of a devotion to God, following in the footsteps of other faithful Israelites who had purged idolatry from Israel (e.g., Moses in Numbers 25:1-5 and Elijah in 1 Kings 1:8). And yet, God speaks, and everything Saul had thought he understood gets turned upside down.

Soon after, we read about Peter and Cornelius. For Peter, a Jew, it would have been considered taboo for him to visit Cornelius, a Gentile, in his home and especially to sit down and eat with him. Gentiles did not observe the strict Jewish rules regarding food and so anything they prepared would have been considered unclean. While Peter would have never been considered a particularly meticulous Jew, this would have been considered too far, even for him. And yet, God speaks, and everything Peter had thought he understood gets turned upside down.

We can have strong convictions and still be wrong. We can think we are doing what is right, and then, God speaks. The question is, are we humble enough to listen?

As we head into the election, remember that God is our ultimate authority, and we desperately need His guidance because we are not always right. We have put together a short 5-day prayer guide to help you get started.

Let’s remember Peter’s confession to Cornelius in 10:34 that he “most certainly understands now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.” Above all, may we posture our hearts to seek God and ask Him to make us into women and men who fear Him.

An Invitation

One Warm Coat

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One of the markers of the early church was their generosity to those in need. Perhaps one way to reflect that same generosity within your own group is to consider participating together in One Warm Coat together. We are collecting new or gently used, clean coats, hats & gloves for infants, children and adults. These will be distributed to various ministries throughout the Pittsburgh region to provide for those in need this winter. We are working with our partners to provide for their specific needs during this unique season so please go to One Warm Coat to tell us more about your donation. Please drop off donations in the bins located in your campus lobby through November 22. Thank you for your generosity!

Note: Dormont and Beaver Valley – your campus will be collecting TOYS instead of coats for your local
partners. More details will be coming soon from your Campus Pastor.

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