Weekly Reading Plan – April 26 – May 3, 2020

Weekly Reading Plan on Acts 3-5

DAY 1 – Acts 3:1-10 – Pray for Chances to Pray For Healing With Others

DAY 2 – Acts 3:11-26 – Pray for Stories of Transformation to Open the Way for Sharing the Gospel

DAY 3 – Acts 4:1-21 – Pray for Oakland to be Acts 4:13 People

DAY 4 – Acts 4:21-37 – Pray Acts 4:29-30 for Oakland. For bold words and miraculous wonders from the Holy Spirit

DAY 5 – Acts 5:1-11 – Pray for reverent fear of sin and God’s holiness.

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 are Peter and John doing? Why? Why is it important for us to remember that these men were Jews and thought of the gospel as Jewish good news and the fulfillment of God’s promises to the Jews? What happens when we divorce Jesus from Israel?
  3. How would you describe Peter and John’s interaction with this man? Do your interactions with beggars look like this? Why? Why does the Bible emphasize eye contact in verse 4? What does this teach us generally about church? How can you “look straight at” people and let them look at you?
  4. Why don’t Peter and John give money to the man? What do they give him? What does it mean to always give “what I do have”? How can you imitate them? Do you have courage to pray for/with people? Do you believe God heals? When has God healed you physically, emotionally, spiritually?
  5. In Acts 2, the disciples went to the temple everyday, but it is only on this day that they heal him. How many times do you think they had passed him? What does this show us about God’s healing time and decision?
  6. How did people respond to the healing? How should this motivate us to seek healing and recount stories of personal transformation?
  7. What doe Peter and John preach? How is this like Peter’s sermon in Acts 2? Why would Acts record this sermon, when it’s so similar to Acts 2, instead of just saying, “Peter told them about Jesus”? How does Peter jump from the healing to the cross and resurrection? How can you transition from an everyday moment to the cross?
  8. What is so threatening to the Sadducees and guard? When have you seen Christians villainized for helping people?
  9. What is the crux of Peter’s comments to them? What does verse 12 mean? This is the 3rd “sermon” in Acts. What have we learned about preaching from these 3?
  10. What did the leaders notice about Peter and John in verse 13? These are the people that make church powerful. Do you resonate with them?
  11. How did the apostles respond to this confrontation and command? What did the church do together? How can we do this? What do the apostles pray for? Safety or boldness? Which would you rather have? Would you rather be part of a safe church or a bold church?
  12.  Pray Acts 4:29-30 over Oakland.
  13.  What do you learn about church from Acts 4:32-37? How does it make you feel?
  14. How do you feel reading about Ananias and Sapphira? What was there sin? What does this teach us about the holiness of God and his Church? Why are we so uncomfortable with this kind of holiness that hates sin? Why is lying so despicable? Would you join the church if you heard this story? Why did people?

Weekly Reading Plan – April 19-26, 2020

Weekly Reading Plan for our new Sermon Series

DAY 1 – Acts 1:1-11 – Pray for New Understanding of Church and her Mission

DAY 2 – Acts 1:12-26 – Pray for a Bible-loving, Bible-studying Church

DAY 3 – Acts 2:1-13 – Pray for more Holy Spirit filling to reach all kinds of people

DAY 4 – Acts 2:14-41 – Pray for yourself, your children, and people you are close to that are far from God to be “cut to the heart” and repent.

DAY 5 – Acts 2:42-47 – Pray for true DEVOTION

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 is The Church? A church? How does Oakland qualify? Can we be a church during this time? How?
  2. What makes the Church different from any other philanthropic group or social club?
  3. What is the point of the church? Why does the church exist? What does a church do?
  4. Acts is Part 2 of Luke’s gospel. What does “all that Jesus began to do and to teach” imply about the church’s actions? What does this teach us about Jesus’ relationship with his Church?
  5. Jesus has already had 3 years with the apostles, why does he spend another 40 days with them? What can you tell about the resurrection from these verses?
  6. According to Acts 1:8, what is the Holy Spirit for? Who has the Holy Spirit? How can you tell?
  7. What was the first priority of the disciples after Jesus’ ascension (Verse 14)? What does this look like? This is the first thing churches should do. When have you seen a church “all joined together constantly in prayer”? How could Oakland do so?
  8. What can we tell the apostles have been doing in prayer time based on Peter’s teaching in verses 15-22? Where do the disciples expect God to answer their prayers and show them the next right thing to do? What is the connection between Bible study and prayer?
  9. Why do the disciples replace Judas?  Why do they lead by “committee” even if Peter seems to lead the committee?
  10. “Pentecost” is a Greek word that means 50, and the Greek name for an Israelite holy day. What did Jews celebrate on Pentecost (Deut 16:10)? Why would God give the Holy Spirit on this day?
  11. What does the Holy Spirit empower the disciples to do? Why? What is the Spirit’s goal? To whom does the Spirit of God speak? What does this teach us about the ethnic composition of the Church? Why has the church then become repeatedly racist and self-segregating?
  12. How does Peter explain Pentecost? When has God done something you could not explain? Where does Peter explain from?
  13. What is the heart of Peter’s sermon? What does the resurrection prove for Peter? What does the Holy Spirit prove? How is the Holy Spirit connected to the Resurrection?
  14. What is the message of the Church? What is the offering of the Church?
  15. What is the response to this message (vs 38)? When was your heart cut to the quick? When was it last cut and powerfully convicted?
  16. What is the movement of the gospel in Acts 1:8? Acts 2:39? Have you accepted these promises? Are you sharing them with your family? Are you sharing them with all who are far off?
  17. What do the new disciples immediately begin to do (verses 42-47)? Why don’t they follow Jesus alone? Why doesn’t the gift of the Holy Spirit allow it to be “just me and God”?
  18. What did this collection of disciples do? What does it mean to be DEVOTED? DEVOTED to the apostles’ teaching? DEVOTED to fellowship? DEVOTED to breaking of bread? DEVOTED to prayer? Are you DEVOTED or what word would describe your relationship to each of those? Is Oakland DEVOTED? Which are we most/least devoted to?
  19. What happened when the disciples DEVOTED themselves? Are we expecting the awe and the wonders and the added numbers without devotion to God and to one another?
  20. What would true devotion look like? Devotion to Bible, fellowship, sharing, and prayer look like for you? For Oakland?

Weekly Reading Plan – April 5-12 – Holy Week

Weekly Reading Plan for Holy Week

DAY 1 – LUKE 22:1-38

DAY 2 – LUKE 22:39-23:1

DAY 3 – LUKE 23:1-43

DAY 4 – LUKE 23:44-56

DAY 5 – ISAIAH 53

The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is called Holy Week. During this time, it is tradition to reread the story of Jesus’s betrayal, arrest, trial, torture, death, burial, and resurrection. We will join this ancient tradition following Luke’s story.

  1. What does Passover celebrate? What might we intuit from this time of Jesus’ death? How is Jesus death like Passover?
  2. Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus? What might his motivations be? How do you think he justified it? How are you like Judas?
  3. What can we learn from the Last Supper Jesus shares with his disciples? What part of the story stands out to you?
  4. Jesus is talking about his death; how do the disciples turn the conversation into a greatness contest? How do we do the same?
  5. What does Jesus pray? How does the Father answer his prayer? How do we know what God’s will is? Practically, what are ways we turn our will over to God’s will?
  6. Why are the disciples so exhausted? How is this related to the temptation they will encounter? When are you most vulnerable to the Devil’s tempting?
  7. What is Peter doing? Why? How would you feel in that moment if you were Peter? How are you like Peter?
  8. Why is it so tempting to mock Jesus? How is it possible for us to mock Jesus today? What unites Pilate and Herod? How does utilitarian thinking get us into trouble?
  9. What words does Jesus say from the cross? What do they mean? How are they true of you? Which criminal gets it right? What has he done to earn Jesus’ paradise? Have you made the same request of Jesus?
  10. Why are Joseph’s actions courageous? What does he risk? Why does he risk it? What have you to risk?
  11. Isaiah 53 was written hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth. What amazes you about how the pieces fit together?  

Weekly Reading Plan – March 29-April 5, 2020

DAY 1 – GAL 3.13-26 – PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO ANNOY YOU

DAY 2 – JOHN 16:33 AND 2 THESS 3:16 – PRAY FOR PEACE FROM GOD

DAY 3 – PHIL 4:6-9 – PRAY FOR A HELPFUL, HEALTHY, AND HOLY THOUGHT LIFE

DAY 4 – EPHESIANS 2:14-18 – PRAY FOR BELIEVERS’ RADICAL UNITY IN CHRIST

DAY 5 – PROVERBS 14:30 AND PSALM 85:8 – PRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO HAVE PEACE

  1. What are the fruit of the Spirit? What is the opposite of peace? What is the opposite according to Galatians 5:15, 19-21, and verse 25? Does peace in Gal 5:22 deal more with feelings or relationships? 
  2. Which of your relationships are most peaceful? Which are most contentious? Are you acting as a peacemaker in that relationship? How can you? 
  3. Which fruit of the spirit are necessary to enjoy emotional peace and relational peace? What is the connection between the two? 
  4. What did Jesus come to give us in John 16:33? How does Jesus give us peace? Is the peace Jesus offers the absence of trouble? Of stress? Of danger? Then what is it? 
  5. When does Paul want us to have peace? Where does this peace come from? How do we open our hands to receive such a gift? Is it possible to have peace while experiencing negative emotions such as sadness, grief, anger, or fear? How so? 
  6. Phil 4 gives us a formula for entering God’s peace? How can we welcome God’s gift of peace? How can we welcome it internally? How can we apply these words to our relationships and our enemies? How can we focus on the good, noble, pure in the annoying people around us rather than their imperfections? 
  7. What does Phil 4 call God? What do you call God? 
  8. What is the foundation for the peace between Christians in Ephesians 2? Why are we so easily divided? Why do Christians fight so much? How can we embrace the people God has put in our families and our church (both of whom God chose for us)? 
  9. What does God promise in Psalm 85:8? What is the physical result of a peaceful heart? What are the benefits of resting in Jesus’ finished work? What are the benefits of promoting peace with others?