September 30 ,2018
1. What is the hardest part of making decisions for you? How do you approach decision making?
2. Note that in verses 21 and 22 the person selected to fill the apostle’s position vacated by Judas had to have accompanied the other apostles through all of Jesus’ ministry, from John’s baptism to Jesus’ ascension — why was this required? Look carefully and the last part of verse 22 … what light does this shed on this requirement? The apostles had to function as guarantors of the Gospel tradition and be witnesses of the resurrected Christ. Why was this so important?
3. Verses 23 and 24 show that the early Christians prayed, seeking God’s choice of a new apostle. What does this teach us about human and divine input into decision making, that is, what did the group do and what were they looking to God for? How can we practice a similar process today with our decisions?
4. What is significant about their assertion that God knows the hearts of all people (verse 24)? How could this be applied to our selection of leaders today? See Romans 8:27 and 1 Chronicles 28:9.
5. Verse 26 refers to deciding by casting lots (as used in Old Testament times — see Leviticus 16:7-10; 21-22; Joshua 14:2; 18:6; 1 Chronicles 6:54; 1 Samuel 14:41-42; Nehemiah 10:34). What would you say to someone who said our church today should select elders, pastors, and church officers by casting lots — a practice mentioned clearly in the Bible? How would you support your response with Scripture?