December 9, 2018
1. In verses 24-26 the Jerusalem church responded to Peter and John's trial with the Temple officials with PRAYER, quoting Psalm 146:6 and Psalm 2:1-2 about God's power in creation and how the nations (Gentiles) rage against the Lord. WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT THE JERUSALEM CHRISTIANS' STARTING PLACE IN PRAYING ABOUT THEIR PERSECUTION?
2. In verses 27-28 the prayer now focuses on their present condition of persecution from Herod (a Jewish king) and Pilate (the Gentile Roman governor) as a "purpose predestined" by God. WHY DO WE NOT TREAT SAD AND UNFORTUNATE EXPERIENCES AS "PREDESTINED" BY GOD?
3. In verses 29-30 the early Christians FINALLY ask for something, petitioning God to "take note" of the threats against them, and to "grant" that they "may speak Thy word with all confidence, while Thou dost extend Thy hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Thy holy servant Jesus." HOW DOES THIS COMPARE WITH WHAT WE PRAY FOR WHEN WE ARE PERSECUTED? HOW CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS?
4. Verses 32-37 show an amazing unity and sharing among these early believers. HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO SAID YOU SHOULD FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE AND SELL ANY PROPERTY YOU OWN AND GIVE IT TO OTHERS IN NEED IN YOUR CHURCH? WHAT SCRIPTURE WOULD YOU USE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER?