This past Sunday, I taught through Acts 13:13-41. In this passage, we are given a glimpse into one of the very first sermons preached by the Apostle Paul. By slowing down and studying this passage, we learn the core details of the message proclaimed by the early church that literally transformed the world.
Below the video you can find the “Sermon Discussion Guide” to help you go deeper into the text. We will be meeting on Wednesday night at 8pm (central time) via Zoom to discuss these questions and all are invited to join us. The link can be found here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/
Book of Acts – Week 32 – Acts 13:13-41
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 13:13-41. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text?
2. Paul was invited to speak in the synagogue after the reading of “The Law” and “The Prophets.” What portions of our Bible is this language referring to? Have you ever studied “The Law” or “The Prophets” – if so, what are some things they teach us about God?
3. Although Paul has a rift with John Mark here in the book of Acts, they eventually reconcile with one another (see 2 Timothy 4:11). Likewise, all of us will have conflicts with other Christians. What are some steps you should take in order to bring about reconciliation in a troubled relationship? In contrast, what do most people do?
4. The first part of Paul’s sermon explains how Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. Although we are not Jews, many people (all of us?) are also longing for a type of Messiah. What are some of the “messiahs” or “saviors” people in our culture trust in rather than Jesus?
5. One of the main Psalms used by Paul in his sermon is Psalm 2. Read through this Psalm – what stands out to you? What questions do you have?
6. One of the reasons this section of Scripture is so difficult for many of us to understand is we do not study the Old Testament (better known as the Hebrew Scriptures). First, why do you think so many people avoid studying the Old Testament? Second, what are some steps YOU are going to take to better familiarize yourself with this part of the Bible?
7. Finally, what is at least one way you are applying this message to your life this week?