2/18 Acts 21:17–26:32 “Paul’s Accusers”

Paul has one more speech to make in his defense. He stands before Agrippa. He has been wrongly imprisoned. Because of a plot to kill him, he has appealed to Caesar. He has waited two years for this opportunity to make this case. Questions we will be dealing with this week: how does Paul describe the Gospel before Agrippa? Does Paul change his story? What is the final verdict of the King? How does it impact our lives today?  As the Lord leads, read through Acts 21-26 this week. Focus on our passage Acts 26 in your study. The memory verse that corresponds to the message is Acts 26:20. Guest speaker to: Zac Hall...
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02/11 Acts 18-21 “The Third Missionary Journey”

Paul heads out on one more journey, his third missionary journey. He rounds some previously visited areas before heading to Ephesus. He spends a lengthy period of time initially in Ephesus but then on his return journey meets with the Ephesian elders once more. Some questions we will be answering this Sunday morning: what are Paul’s final instructions to the Elders? How does Paul characterize his own ministry? What is Paul’s final charge to those in Ephesus who will remain behind? And how does this apply to us today?  read through Acts 18-21. You can focus on Acts 20:17-38 and Paul’s final message to the Ephesian elders. The memory verse for this section is Acts 20:35....
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02/04 Acts 16–18 “The Second Missionary Journey”

Paul and Silas go on a journey through Asia and ultimately through Macedonia. Fresh from the Jerusalem Council, they take their message in fullness to the Gentiles, to everyone who will listen. Questions we will be answering this week: what does Luke record? Why does Luke record it? Why is this journey so significant in the larger story in Acts?  As the Lord leads, read through Acts 16-18. Spend time meditating on Acts 16. The memory verse for this section is Acts 17:30....
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1/28: Acts 15, “The Jerusalem Counsel”

There is a problem facing the early Church. Gentiles are being saved (Acts 10-11) but are they “saved Gentiles” or are they “beginner Jews”? How does the law of Moses intersect with the Christian life? At the root, how are we saved in Christ? It is a huge question and the Church meets to discuss the answer. We’ll be dealing with a few questions this week: Who is causing the trouble? Who is answering the question? How do they end up responding? How are we supposed to live our lives as a result? As the Lord leads, read through Acts 15 this week. Meditate on Acts 15:1-35. The memory verse for this section of Scripture is Acts 15:9....
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1/21: Acts 13-14, “The First Missionary Journey”

Paul and Barnabas are commissioned and sent out to preach the Gospel. We will be discussing where Paul and Barnabas went, who they spoke to, what they said and how the groups responded to the Gospel. This will be a week filled with maps and cultural historical insights. How is it we are called to respond to the Gospel?...
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1/14 “Cornelius’s Conversion” Acts 9:1-31

We meet a man named Cornelius this week in Acts 10. He is a devout man, a god fearing man, and a generous man. Is the faith of this man sufficient to grant him access to heaven? What significance does his reception of the Gospel play in the larger picture of salvation history? How does it affect our lives as a result? As the Lord leads, read through Acts 10-11 this week, focusing on the Cornelius story. The memory verse that corresponds with Sunday School is Acts 17:30 this week....
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1/7: “Paul’s Conversion” Acts 9:1-31

This week we are taking a look at Paul's Damascus road experience. He is a violent enemy of Christ and His followers. He is heading to Damascus to further persecute the Church when Jesus Christ Himself meets him on the road. Questions we will be dealing with this week include: how does Saul respond? What caused this massive change in his heart? How does the Church react to this profession of faith? Lastly, what kind of impact does our experience with Christ have on our lives?...
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12/31 “Church Problems” Luke 3:1-8

We all run into opposition. Opposition comes in many forms. You can have opposition from outside parties. You can also have opposition internally. We will be looking at the first episode of this opposition this week: Peter has healed a lame man and is brought into court to explain his actions. Questions being addressed this week will be how does Peter respond to this opposition? How difficult was this opposition to overcome? And what was the end result? We all face opposition but the application question is do we face and overcome opposition in the same way the early Church approached their opposition? As the Lord leads, read Acts 3-8 this week, focusing on Acts 3-4. We are only covering the framework of the book of Acts so we will be taking a block of material each week. The memory verse that corresponds with the Sunday School lesson is Acts 16:5. We hope to see you this Sunday. ...
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12/24, Luke 2 “Jesus Presented to Simeon”

In Luke 2 we meet a man named Simeon. Jesus is brought to the temple soon after his birth and interacts with Simeon. God has a purpose for recording this interaction through Luke. Many questions are going to be asked including: Who is this individual? Why was he waiting for the "consolation of Israel"? How does Luke describe him? What unique insight into Jesus' ministry does his message leave us with?...
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12/17, “Peter’s First Speech”

We are covering Acts 2 this week, the first speech recorded in Acts. Peter has some profound things to say in his message to the onlookers, those who had seen and heard the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on those in the upper room. What points does Peter make? How does he make them? What does that mean for me and my life today?...
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