Following the ministry received on Sunday morning from Acts 2:42-47 and also Acts 8:26-40, here are some suggested questions and discussion points for your Small Group Sessions. As always, you don’t need to use all (or any) of these, they just serve as starters for your group as you go through what Jon said on Sunday.

ICEBREAKER
Have you ever been told to do something that seemed totally pointless only to find that (whether deliberately or by ‘accident’) everything is way better for it?

QUESTIONS

  • Looking at the account in Acts 8 account of the Ethiopian, what would you see as the role of;
    • The Holy Spirit
    • The Church
    • The Old Testament/Scriptures
  • What would have been the Old Testament basis of this Eunuch’s being separate from God?
  • What is now the New Testament basis for the inclusion of the Eunuch’s inclusion in the things of God?
  • Do we see here a tension between the Old Testament and the New Testament or a harmony?
  • In what ways or areas has Jesus’ sacrifice changed the Eunuch’s standing before God?
  • What do you think a rational person may have been tempted to say at the use of limited resources (Philip) being sent so far, for so long, to save one person?
  • Looking at the idea of Philip being sent into the wilderness and the idea that this time would have been a growing experience for him; Have you ever ‘grown in the wilderness’?
  • What ‘wilderness experiences’ can you recall from scripture?
    • How many of these wilderness experiences were for the purpose of harm?
  • Philip spoke to the Ethiopian Eunuch about Jesus, specifically about His death and resurrection as per the text he was reading from Isaiah. Peter, in his first sermon, spoke to the people about Jesus. Paul said that he would speak only about Jesus (and Him crucified). What things, other than Jesus’ work on the cross, is the church today tempted or predisposed to talk about?
  • We see in this text a demonstration of the ‘wall of division’ being brought down. Looking at the culture around us today, what walls do you think are being built?
    • Looking at the wall that was being brought down in this text, looking at scripture, why was it there and was it wrong that it was there?
  • “Just as I am” is a beautiful song that speaks of the centrality of God’s grace in our salvation and has been used to usher into God’s kingdom many a forgiven sinner.
    • Does being saved mean we remain “Just as I am”?
    • If not
      • What changes?
      • Why does anything need to change?
      • How does any change takes place?

 

Here is a reminder of the sermon

https://bethelcardiff.podbean.com/e/19th-july-2020-morning-drawing-board-spirit-filled-community-pillar-one-connecting-with-god/