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Defining Moments

September 9, 2018

When revival comes (Acts 4:32-37), the devil is the first to wake up!

Problems and PERSECUTION strengthen our faith (Acts 5:1-42)

  • God confronts the problem of d ___________ (Acts 5:1-16)
  • God strengthens our faith through persecution (Acts 5:17-42)

We may face three things as we share the good news:

  • Acts 5:17-25
  • Acts 5:26-33
  • Acts 5:33-40; Matthew 5:1-10

Some problems must be addressed by leaders (Acts 6:1-15)

  • Leaders take responsibility for ETHNIC issues (Acts 6:1-7)
  • Leaders who follow Christ must expect REJECTION (Acts 6:8-15)

How do we develop resilience and courage?

Discussion Guide:

Main Idea: Problems become God’s tools to purify and refine us for his kingdom advance.

CONNECTING

Acts 4 ends with a spiritual awakening (Acts 4:32-37). How is our church like or unlike the church in Acts 4? Pray for a greater work of the Spirit at Stonebridge and the churches of our nation.

Read Acts 5:1-11. Was it wrong for Ananias and Sapphira to sell their property and keep part of the profit for themselves? What was wrong about their action? What is God teaching us through this story? What happened immediately following God’s discipline (Acts 5:12-16)?

UNDERSTANDING

God’s miraculous work (Acts 5:12-16) is immediately followed by more persecution (Acts 5:17-40). Read each passage and summarize what happened:

  • Acts 5:17-25
  • Acts 5:26-33
  • Acts 5:33-40

What do we learn about God’s power and the faith of Christians in Acts 5:19-21, 29-32 and 41-42?

In Acts 6:1-7 another problem arises. How did Apostles handle it? What qualities did they seek in the leaders (6:3)? What happened as a result (6:7)? Why is it significant that many Jewish priests became Christ followers? One leader, Stephen, was soon arrested (6:8-15). Why?

LIVING:

If Ananias and Sapphira were believers, why did God strike them (5:1-11)? What do James 5:19-20 and 1 Corinthians 3:15 add? What do you think about the “tough love” aspect of God’s character and what can we learn from it?  

Explain in your own words what Peter says about Jesus in Acts 5:31-32. How is he your Leader and Savior? How do we show in our actions that he is our Resident President?

How was the problem and its solution in Acts 6:1-7 unique to that time, and how is it a model for us today? What one insight from this passage would you like to apply to your life this week?

ASSIGNMENT: Does it frighten you to know that boldness for Christ can bring an enemy attack (1 Peter 5:8)? Pray that the lessons of Acts 5-6 may give you courage. God’s refining power will give you strength and help you bear more fruit for him. Pray God will empower you to be bold this week.

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