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.

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – Sept 13 – 20

The Kings Driving Passion Reading Plan Matt 10.5-15 - SEPT 13-20

Questions to Guide Your Study:

  1. We read Matt 10:5-15 last week about sharing the gospel. So this week, I’ve chosen very short selections of 4 of my favorite verses to encourage you and excite you about encouraging others.
  2. If Jesus spoke Matt 10:5-15 directly to you, how’d you feel? why?
  3. Jesus says, “Freely you received, freely give.” What have you received from God? Who do you know that needs the same? What has God done for you that you could not do for yourself?
  4. Phil 4:13 is an amazing verse. What have you not done, because you do not believe you can do it? What rough situations or challenging commands, do you need Christ to be in you to carry you through?
  5. What part of being a Christian makes you feel incompetent? Do you feel competent to share God’s message? What does 2 Cor 3 say about our competency? When you’re not enough, who is?
  6. When have you felt protected by God? When you want to hide from the world, where do you run? In Ps 32:7, God sings songs like a mother sings lullabies.
  7. How would your life change if you really believed Psalm 62:5-8?

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