Weekly Reading Plan – May 31-June 7, 2020 – Acts 12-14

Weekly Reading Plan on Acts 12-14

DAY 1 – Acts 12:1-19 – Pray for People protesting 400 years of racial injustice

DAY 2 – Acts 12:20-25 – Pray for idolatrous leaders

DAY 3 – Acts 13:1-12 – Pray we’d be like Antioch

DAY 4 – Acts 13:13-52 – Pray thanksgiving for God’s whole story of faithfulness

DAY 5 – Acts 14:1-20 – Pray we would be faithful even if it’s not popular or safe

While we are not gathering in our building every week, it is the perfect time to reconsider what is the Church? We’ll start by reading in the book of Acts.

  1. Before reading, consider the following: what did you learn about church last week? How is social distancing changing your understanding and appreciation of the church?
  2. Why is Herod arresting Christians? What/who are Christians threatening? What would you allow yourself to be arrested over because of your faith? How can the current peaceful protests help you imagine this story better?
  3. What does a church “earnestly praying” look like in your mind? Is it organized gatherings or lots of individuals praying separately? What is the most powerful prayer service you’ve ever been a part of? When have you seen a church “earnestly pray”?
  4. What happens because the church prays? How can we be more earnest in prayer for each other and for our world?
  5. Do you think angels still work like this? When have you been helped by an angel (even if you didn’t understand it at the time)?
  6. Herod’s worm-death is hard to believe but is attested to outside the Bible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herod_Agrippa#Reign_and_death The story goes that he dressed in solid silver to reign over Olympic-like games when he fell terribly ill?
  7. How are we like Herod Agrippa? When do we accept the praise that is only due to God? When do we give it (even jokingly)?
  8. Antioch is Paul’s “home church”. What does the church in Antioch teach us? What is the ethnic/economic makeup of their leadership? What should this teach us? What do they teach us about worship and fasting? Do you expect to hear God the same way?
  9. The Church in Antioch gives up 2 of her most gifted leaders. What does this teach us?
  10. When has someone gotten in the way of you sharing your faith? How did you respond? How can you imitate Paul next time?
  11.  Could you tell the whole story of the Bible from memory like Paul? The Apostles do this over and over in Acts. Why is this so important? Why are fulfilled prophecies so important?
  12. How does verse 27 marry human free choice and God’s providence?
  13. Why is the resurrection so important for the forgiveness of sins? WRITE verses 13:38-39 in your own handwriting. Then write them in your own words. What do they mean for your life? How would you explain this to someone?
  14. Why don’t we see “whole cities” assembling to hear the Word of God today? What would it take?
  15. Why do important people get in the way of the gospel? Why do affluence and power make it so hard for a person to hear and believe the gospel? What challenges does this present to us?
  16. How does God confirm Paul’s message in 14:3? How is he confirming it at Oakland? Why are miracles and preaching not enough for some people? How do Paul and Barnabas deal with rejection? How do you? How can we be more like Paul and Barnabas, and not swayed by the winds of people’s opinions or crushed by people’s rejection of our ministry?
  17. How are Paul and Barnabas contrasted against Herod in Acts 12? Why are the people angry when Paul and Barnabas won’t accept sacrifices and praises? How does this remind you of people’s response to Jesus? How can they go from sacrificing to stoning so quickly?

Weekly Reading Plan – May 17-24 – Acts 9-11

Weekly Reading Plan on Acts 9-11

DAY 1 – Acts 9:32-43 – Pray for those who are not healed by God

DAY 2 – Acts 10:1-23 – Pray for God to use this Quarantine to prepare us for what’s next

DAY 3 – Acts 10:24-48 – Pray we’d share with Family like Cornelius and with the nations like Peter

DAY 4 – Acts 11:1-18 – Pray for courage to retell God-stories over and over

DAY 5 – Acts 11:19-30 – Pray for Oakland to be like Antioch

While we are not gathering in our building every week, it is the perfect time to reconsider what is the Church? We’ll start by reading in the book of Acts.

  1. Before reading, consider the following: what did you learn about church last week? How is social distancing changing your understanding and appreciation of the church?
  2. Why is Peter traveling? Have you ever traveled for the purpose of “visiting the Lord’s people who lived in _________”? Could you plan a vacation around a ministry or church or mission you wanted to visit and encourage? Do you normally attend worship on vacation?
  3. In Acts, miracles grab people’s attention, but what does it mean to “turn to the Lord”? What does that mean? How is that different from believing Jesus can heal a paralyzed man?
  4. Is it fair that some people get healed (Aeneas and Dorcas), while surely there were other sick people who did not get healed? How do you deal with this reality in your own life? Is God fair or is God just? What is the difference?
  5. What was Dorcas known for? What will you be known for? What would an honest obituary say about you?
  6. Should we raise people from the dead? Should we pray for healing? If so, when?  
  7. Peter is staying with Simon the Tanner. Tanning is treating dead animal skins and makes a person unclean in the OT, but Peter is still staying with him. How is this preparation for what happens with Cornelius? When have you seen God prepare you ahead of time for something coming? Who are you friends with because of Jesus, but would not ordinarily hangout with (like Simon the tanner or Cornelius)?
  8. Who does Cornelius talk to about his faith? Who does he share his Godsightings with (vss 2,7-8)?
  9. What do you learn about prayer from Cornelius and Peter? How does God speak to people now? What has he been telling you lately? Where do you see God’s timing in this story and in your life?
  10. How can you imitate Cornelius? Verse 24? Verse 33? Is your attitude like Cornelius? How can you imitate Peter? Unlike Cornelius do you withhold your testimony about Jesus and Godsightings  from your family? Unlike Peter do you have any friends of different national or ethnic origin?
  11. Is there anything wrong with a church of all one race? Should every church be multi-racial and multi-cultural? How do you recognize the Holy Spirit in someone’s life?
  12. Why does the Bible rerecord the story in Acts 11:1-18? Why not just say “So Peter told them what happened?” How does Peter use this story to teach some theology? Why is this so effective?
  13. The Church at Antioch is my hero church? What do you learn from this church? How could Oakland be more like Antioch?

Weekly Reading Plan – May 10-17, 2020

Weekly Reading Plan on Acts 8-9

DAY 1 – Acts 8:1-8 – Pray for the Church to Preach where Scattered

DAY 2 – Acts 8:9-25 – Pray for Old Ways of Thinking to Die

DAY 3 – Acts 8:26-40 – Pray for the Holy Spirit’s Leading and Platform

DAY 4 – Acts 9:1-18 – Pray for person you think is least likely to follow Jesus.

DAY 5 – Acts 9:19-31 – Pray for us to grow more and more powerful.

While we are not gathering in our building every week, it is the perfect time to reconsider what is the Church? We’ll start by reading in the book of Acts.

  1. Before reading, consider the following: what did you learn about church last week? How is social distancing changing your understanding and appreciation of the church?
  2. What is persecution? How much do you know about historical and contemporary persecution of Christians? What happens to the church because of the persecution? What are the blessings of persecution?
  3. What were the dangers of going to church in Acts 8? Who did you put in danger by gathering for worship? Any similarities to us?
  4. The church was scattered like we are scattered. What did they do once scattered? Have you been imitating them? Would you keep preaching and healing if it meant being arrested or chased? Why would Philip risk his safety, and yet we find it hard to risk our reputation or social status?
  5. Does your household pray for miracles? Do you retell stories of past miracles?
  6. What is the big deal about preaching to Samaritans? Fulfills Acts 1:8. Why does the Holy Spirit come through someone else’s prayers? Why is spiritually not purely God and me? What does this teach us about God? When did the Holy Spirit come on you? What is the first experience of the Holy Spirit you can remember?
  7. What motivated Simon? What old habits and economies led him to this behavior which is contrary to the Kingdom? What old habits and economics fight the Kingdom within you? What does verse 23 warn us against? Bitterness is so deadly? How are you surrendering it?
  8. How does Simon respond to rebuke? How do you?
  9. How does the Spirit prompt Philip? How does the Spirit prompt you? How would you train someone to recognize the voice of God?
  10. When have you felt like the eunuch reading the Bible? How does Philip enter into a spiritual conversation and salvation conversation? What breaks the ice?
  11. Where does Philip preach in verse 40? This is a bit of a refrain, “and they preached everywhere they went”. What would the refrain be of Oakland? The American church?
  12. Who is Paul persecuting? How much does Jesus identify with his Church? When someone hurts you how does Jesus feel? When you hurt another believer, how does Jesus feel?
  13. What would you do if you were Ananias? How hard would it be to trust Paul’s conversion? What would verify it for you? What did Ananias risk? Why did Paul have to go to Ananias even after meeting Jesus firsthand? Who explained your spiritual experiences to you?
  14. How long did Saul wait to start preaching and ministering? How long did you wait? How can we be more like Paul?
  15. What does it mean to live “in the fear of the Lord and the encouraged by the Holy Spirit”?

Weekly Reading Plan – May 3-10, 2020

Weekly Reading Plan on Acts 5-7

DAY 1 – Acts 5:12-16 – Pray for Signs and Wonders

DAY 2 – Acts 5:17-41 – Pray for the Teaching about Jesus to fill JoCo

DAY 3 – Acts 6:1-7 – Pray for Oakland to be faithful to our elderly

DAY 4 – Acts 6:8-15 – Pray for us to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom.

DAY 5 – Acts 7 – Pray for bold suffering.

While we are not gathering in our building every week, it is the perfect time to reconsider what is the Church? We’ll start by reading in the book of Acts.

  1. Before reading, consider the following: what did you learn about church last week? How is social distancing changing your understanding and appreciation of the church?
  2. The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. Do signs and wonders still happen? Should the church perform signs and wonders? Has God every performed a miracle through you? Have you asked him to? Have you given him opportunity to? Have prayed for the sick or bedeviled?
  3. What do you think about Acts 5:13 and 5:14? How are these both true? What didn’t people dare join the disciples? What were they afraid of? Does this same kind of fear still pervade churches?
  4. The Sadducees act out jealousy. What have you done because of Jealously? What currently causes you jealously or covetousness or discontent? How can you take that to Jesus instead of sinning?
  5. How could a Jerusalem be filled with the teaching about Jesus so quickly? Who is doing this teaching? Has to be more than the disciples. Who have you taught about Jesus? How could we fill Cleveland/JoCo with the teaching about Jesus?
  6. How does Gamaliel’s argument support the validity of the disciples claims? If Jesus were not the messiah, what would have happened?
  7. “for if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.” When have you failed by following human wisdom or your best plans? When have churches and Oakland failed by following human wisdom?
  8. “But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourself fighting against God.” How is this encouraging for believers? What will stop the church on the mission of God? What is God’s will for the Church?
  9. How long did the church make it before there was complaining? Why does complaining happen in God’s people (Israel in the wilderness and the church in Acts)? Was something actually wrong? Yeah there was. What does this teach us about addressing failures in church? Why will the church fail us sometimes?
  10. How can you tell if someone is full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom?
  11. Should we be like Stephen? How? Spend time praying for the same wisdom, Holy Spirit, and boldness that lead Stephen.