Passage: Acts 17:16-34
- Observation: While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city. Acts 17:16
- Interpretation: What does it mean to be deeply troubled about ungodliness?
- Exploration: Why is being deeply troubled about ungodliness the starting point for ministry?
- Application: What deeply troubles you about the ungodliness in our culture? What are you personally doing about it? What does the rest of the passage say Paul did about it?
- Observation: He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there. Acts 17:17
- Interpretation: Are the "all who happen to be there" acquaintances or strangers?
Exploration: Why is speaking about God with those you don't presently know, so strategic?
- Application: Who spoke to you about God, while still a stranger to you? How do you speak about God with those you don't presently know? See Spiritual Conversation for more help.
- Observation: Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Acts 17:18
- Interpretation: What is meant by the term resurrection?
- Exploration: Why is the resurrection, so important? See Resurrection study.
- Application: How did you come to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ for yourself?
Passage: John 9:1-34
- Observation: “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. John 9:3
- Interpretation: What does this say about why God might allow bad things to happen to people? See John 11:1-4 What power does God want others to see in us?
- Exploration: Why is this an important truth?
- Application: What bad thing(s) did God allow in your life so the saving power of God could be seen in you?
- Observation: We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. John 9:4
- Interpretation: What are the tasks assigned us? See Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 26:17b-18
- Exploration: What other words and phrases in this verse help define how we are to carry out the tasks assigned to us? Explain the significance of those words.
- Application: How are you carrying out the task of the Great Commission? Which other words, from this verse stand out the most to you? Explain.
- Observation: Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” John 11:25-26
- Interpretation: What other words from these verses define what it means to believe?
- Exploration: The gospel is incomplete without this question. Agree or disagree?
- Application: How did you come to believe for yourself?
Passage: Romans 5:12-21
- Observation: When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12
- Interpretation: What does the phrase "death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned" mean? Try and restate it in your own words.
- Exploration: Why is not removing man's role in death, so important?
- Application: What role did death play in your response to the gospel?
- Observation: But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:15
- Interpretation: What does forgiveness mean? See Hebrews 8:12. How does the guilt of Romans 5:12 set up the forgiveness of Romans 5:15?
- Exploration: Why is it so important to know that forgiveness is at the heart of what God accomplished through Jesus Christ? How does this differ from believing in Jesus to feel better, improve yourself, or save your marriage, etc.?
- Application: Are you trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for your forgiveness (to remove your guilt)?
- Observation: So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21
- Interpretation: What is eternal life? Is just infinite life, or is there a quality of life included in the concept? See John 10:10.
- Exploration: What is abundant life?
- Application: What words and phrases describe your life since you believed in Jesus Christ?