This past Sunday, I had the honor of teaching through Acts 12:18-23. In this message, I compare and contrast King Herod with King Jesus to help people understand the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Darkness. The Sermon Discussion Guide can be found below the video to help you go deeper in the text. I will be leading an online small group on Wednesday night at 8pm central time and all are invited to join us – we will go through the Sermon Discussion Guide together. The connection info can be found here: Online Connection Information
Book of Acts – Week 30 – Acts 12:18-23 (and various other Scripture)
Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:
1. 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).
2. 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.
1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 12:18-23. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?
2. In order to understand the compare/contrast Tyler did in the message, we need to understand what the Scriptures mean by the “Kingdom of God” and the “Kingdom of Darkness.” How would you define these two kingdoms? What are some passages that come to mind that have helped you understand the “kingdom language” of the New Testament?
3. The first contrast we see between King Herod and King Jesus is this: Herod maintains his kingdom by killing others for his sin. Jesus maintains His Kingdom by being killed for the sins of others. Explain this contrast in your own words. What bearing should this have on our day-to-day lives?
4. One of the signs that you are operating according to the “Kingdom of Darkness” is when we blame our sin on those around us – also known as “scapegoating.” As you consider our culture today, what are some of the most common “scapegoats” for our own personal sins?
5. Keeping with the question above, the Apostle Paul explains the difference between false repentance (which often leads to scapegoating) and true repentance in 2 Corinthians 7:9-13. Read through this passage – what are the characteristics of true repentance?
6. One of the primary ways Jesus established and advanced the Kingdom of God was by becoming a servant of those around him. Jesus did this in order to leave an example for us to follow and this is further explained by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:1-11. Read through this passage – what stands out to you?