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Thankful for the Gospel: The Book of Acts Discussion Starters

  • November 2020 Issue
Discussion Starters

We hope these questions will help you consider (or discuss with others) what God is teaching you through this month’s study of His Word.

  1. Why didn’t Jesus send the disciples directly into ministry? Why did He tell them to wait?
  2. What purpose did miracles serve in the early ministry of the apostles?
  3. List some of the strengths of the New Testament church. Do you see these strengths in your own church?
  4. List some of the weaknesses of the New Testament church. Do you think the church still struggles in these areas?
  5. Prejudice is not a new problem. What were some steps the New Testament church took to deal with this issue?
  6. What made Paul such an unlikely choice for an apostle? Why should this encourage us today?
  7. How would you summarize the basic elements of apostolic preaching?
  8. What are the essentials of the gospel message?
  9. What does the book of Acts reveal about facing hardship in the Christian life?
  10. What aspect of the gospel seemed hardest to accept for those from a Jewish background?
  11. What aspect of the gospel did the Gentiles find challenging?

BY Dr. John Koessler

Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. John and his wife Jane enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan. A prolific writer, John’s books include Dangerous Virtues: How to Follow Jesus When Evil Masquerades as Good (Moody Publishers), The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody), and True Discipleship (Moody). John is a contributing editor and columnist for Today in the Word.

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