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 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 Bible Reading Plan – May 10 – May 17

Youth Sunday - Weekly Reading Plan - May 10 - 17 2015

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. (Ex 7:4-5) What two things will happen because of God’s signs?
  2. People in Egypt look to the Nile for life, so if it turns to blood, what do you think God is saying about the source of life and death?
  3. How do the plagues set Yahweh, the LORD, the God of Moses apart form the Egyptian gods?
  4. When the magicians reproduce the plague/sign, are they helping or hurting? Who brings the plague and relief from the plague?
  5. Who “hardens” Pharaoh’s heart? What does this teach us?
  6. Does Pharaoh ever recognize God’s finger at work or God’s power? What is the difference between this kind of recognition and real faith?
  7. What do these stories teach us about God’s Judgment and God’s Mercy? How are the two connected?
  8. The New Testament calls Jesus our Passover Lamb. How is he like the lambs used during the 10th Plague?
  9. God pronounces judgment not only on Pharaoh but also on the false gods of Egypt, what are our false gods and how is God exposing them?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – March 29 – April 4

John 20 - Easter Reading Plan Slide

Questions to Guide You:
1. Why do you think Jesus washed his disciples feet?
2. How would you feel if someone washed your feet? How did the disciples feel?
3. What did Jesus want his disciples to learn?
4. What actions can we do to show love that are as scary, radical, and scandalous as “washing feet”?
5. Who discovers that Jesus is missing? Who first sees Jesus? Why do you think Jesus appeared to them first?
6. One disciple stops at the entrance and one enters the tomb, why the difference? Why does the Bible record the details about the grave clothes?
7. How did the disciples feel when Jesus appeared in the locked room?
8. Which disciple are you like? The beloved disciple? Simon Peter? Mary Magdalene? Thomas?
9. Why was the gospel of John written? Did it succeed?

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