BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT – JULY 6, 2011

“THE MIRACLE OF PENTECOST – BIRTH OF CHURCH!”

In this week’s Bible Study we complete our study of the “Miracle of Pentecost” by teaching and learning about the birth of the Christian Church. We come to the end of Acts Chapter 2 with a serious look Acts 2:40-47. At the end of Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, the church was born. What did the birth of church mean then and what should it mean to us now?
Please prayerfully and carefully read Acts 2:40-47 as you prepare to answer the following questions:
In Acts 2:40 both the NIV and KJV says Peter spoke “with many other words,” what do you think this means?
Also in Acts 2:40 Peter warned and pleaded with them to “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” What do you think Peter meant by “this corrupt generation”? Who was he talking about?
The beginning of Acts 2:41 gives the necessary order to become baptized believers. What is the process to become baptized believers as recorded in Acts 2:41?
This must have been a powerful and exciting scene when 3,000 new believers were baptized in Acts 2:41! How do you think they were baptized and where?
What is written at the beginning of Acts 2:42 is a requirement for the growth of the church. What is it?
Acts 2:42 then continues with the word “fellowship” which is used in this form only here in the entire New Testament. What does the word fellowship mean in Acts 2:42? What made this fellowship unique?
What do you think the term “breaking of bread” means in Acts 2:42?
Acts 2:43 says in the NIV that the new believers were “filled with awe” yet the NKJ uses the word “fear.” Is there a difference between awe and fear? If yes, what is the difference? If no, why not?
Last week we discussed the miracles, signs and wonders that Jesus did while he walked the earth. Acts 2:43 is speaking about the signs and wonders performed by the Apostles. What were some of these signs and wonders and where do you find them in Acts?
Acts 44 makes a powerful statement when it says the all the believers were “together and had everything in common.” What do you think that means and why was it so important to the birth of the Christian Church?
What do you think is the difference between “possessions” and “goods” in Acts 2:45? Do believers give their possessions and goods to the church today? Why or why not?
The image in Acts 2:46 of church members being together every day and going from house to house to eat together is awesome but it doesn’t happen today. Why do think church members spend less time with each other today than when the church was founded?
BONUS FOR ALL: There are three very important activities going on in Acts 2:47, what were they? Why were they so important then and how could they help the church today if we went back to them?