August 4th, 2019
1. In verse 3 we read that Paul circumcised Timothy, even though in Galatians 2:3 he indicates that he did not circumcise Titus. Compare with Acts 15:1, 5, & 11 and Acts 15:19-20 and 28-29. WHY DID PAUL ACT DIFFERENTLY WITH TIMOTHY THAN WITH TITUS IN THE MATTER OF CIRCUMCISION? SUPPORT YOUR VIEW FROM SCRIPTURE THAT PAUL'S ACTION IS CONSISTENT OR INCONSISTENTWITH THE REST OF SCRIPTURE. Hint: Check out the last part of verse 3.
2. In verses 6-10 we see what seems rather strange: the Holy Spirit forbidding Paul and Silas to go into Asia (verse 6) and Bithynia (verse 7) ... WHY WOULD GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT NOT ALLOW THESE MISSIONARIES TO GO INTO THESE AREAS? Compare with verses 9-13. WHEN HAVE YOU SENSED GOD KEEPING YOU FROM CERTAIN MINISTRY IN CERTAIN PLACES?
3. WHY DO YOU THINK PAUL AND SILAS WENT TO CITIES IN THEIR MISSIONARY JOURNEY, FOR EXAMPLE PHILIPPI (verse 12)? SHOULD THIS BE OUR STRATEGY IN MISSIONS TODAY--WHY OR WHY NOT?
4. IMAGINE THAT YOU ARE CONVERSING WITH ANOTHER CHRISTIAN WHO BELIEVES THAT WOMEN HAVE NO PLACE IN ANY KIND OF LEADERSHIP IN THE LOCAL CHURCH ... HOW WOULD VERSES 14- 15 ABOUT LYDIA HELP YOU SHOW DIFFERENTLY?