CHARITY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

ACTS 15


1. Startup: When you get to heaven, and you meet Barnabas, what’s the first question you’d like to ask him?
SEEING WHAT’S THERE
2. Who are the people playing an important part in this chapter?
3. This chapter is about the importance of circumcision, from what you know from the Bible why was circumcision so important to the Jews?
4. Here in this book of action, how would you summarize the action in this chapter?
5. In the last two verses of this chapter, Paul sets out from Antioch on another missionary journey, this time with Silas. Use a map to trace this journey as recorded in Acts 15-18. From the time he left Antioch in Acts 15:40 until the time he returned to that city in Acts 18:22, approximately how many miles did Paul travel on this journey?
6. EYE FOR DETAIL—From what you recall seeing in this chapter, try answering the following question without looking at your Bible: Which one of these men is not mentioned in this chapter—Paul, Barnabas, Peter, James, Silas, Timothy, or John Mark? (See verse 1,7,13,22, and 37.)
CAPTURE THE ESSENCE
7. From what you’ve seen in Acts 13-15, how would you describe Paul’s spiritual gifts and his relationship with God?
8. In your own words, how would you summarize the victory the church achieved in this chapter, through the power of the Holy Spirit? How was it strategically important for the continued growth of the church?
FOR LIFE TODAY
9. Here in chapter 15, what appropriate patterns and principles do you see for leadership in the church today?
10. ACTION HERITAGE: What act or attitude of obedience in this chapter is the most meaningful example to you of following Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit?
FOR GOING DEEPER
11. The church cleared a crucial hurdle with the Jerusalem council’s decision to exempt Gentile believers from circumcision and the Law of Moses. But this was an issue that refused to go away! Compare Peter’s speech to the apostles and elders (verses 7-21) with Paul’s strong words to the church in Galatia years later (Gal 5:2-11). What are the similarities in these two arguments for salvation by grace alone?
12. What are the differences in these two strong arguments for salvation by grace alone?
(from The Complete Bible Discussion Guide: New Testament, © 1992 by Questar Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.)

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