Book of Acts – Week 17 – Acts 6:8-15
Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:
- Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).
- Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.
- Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 6:8-15. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?
- Tyler went into detail on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. What has been your experience with the Holy Spirit? Why do you think so many Christians and Churches are uncomfortable teaching on the Holy Spirit?
- In the message, we also spent time discussing the role of spiritual gifts. In the first century, the church in Corinth over-emphasized certain spiritual gifts and used them as a barometer to measure other people’s spiritual maturity. Paul provides a proper teaching to them in 1 Corinthians 12. Read through 1 Corinthians 12 and make note of the things that stand out to you.
- We learn from the example of Stephen in Acts 6:9-10 that opposition will always follow being filled with the Holy Spirit. Have you ever face opposition as a result of your faith? What effect did it have on you?
- Read through Jesus’ famous beatitudes in Luke 6:20-26 and pay special attention to verses 22-23 & 26. In light of what happened to Stephen, what are some principles from these passages that we need to keep in mind for our own faith journeys?
- In this passage, Stephen is facing a horrific death sentence that will be enacted by the crowd throwing large rocks at him until he is beaten to death. Although he knows this is the prospect he is facing, Acts 6:15 describes his countenance in this way, “And all who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.” The peace that Stephen had in the face of death was a supernatural peace. What other passages can you think of that teach on the peace of God?
- Finally, what is at least one way you will be applying this passage to your life during this season of uncertainty?