I had the honor of teaching through Acts 16:16-35 this past weekend at Renovation Church. The message is below and underneath the message is the “Sermon Discussion Guide” to help you go deeper in your faith. I will be hosting an online small group this Wednesday at 8:30pm (central time) to discuss these questions – all are invited to join us!
Connection info for the online small group is here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/
Book of Acts – Week 41 – Acts 16:16-35
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 16:16-35. What themes stand out to you? What questions do you have about this passage?
2. One of the most fascinating things about the beginning of this section is that the demon, through the woman, was proclaiming the truth of the Gospel. In many ways, demons have a more accurate theology than the rest of us. Since this is the case, what is the difference between saving faith and damning faith?
3. The “owners” of the woman reacted violently when their personal god of money was threatened by the Gospel. What are some common “gods” in our culture that are directly threatened by the Gospel? What are some false gods in your own life you have had to repent of as a result of the Gospel?
4. As a result of being obedience to Jesus, Paul and Silas are stripped naked, humiliated, beaten, flogged, and thrown into prison. Paul was likely reflecting on this experience when he wrote Romans 8:18-30. Read through this passage and summarize some of the key points in your own words – what stands out to you?
5. Tyler said in the message that the key to worshipping during the “midnights” of our own lives is to memorize the goodness of God during the light of day. Practically speaking, how do we do this? How do we prepare ourselves for suffering so that when suffering comes, our suffering bears witness to the Gospel?
6. Finally, what is at least one way you are planning on applying this passage to your life this week?