Sermons in Acts
Paul to Agrippa, Bernice & Festus
December 21, 2014 • Michael Wilburn
Application Questions: • Define repentance according to Acts 26:20. • Drawing from Paul's conversion experience (Acts 26:12-18), in what ways have you changed because of salvation? • What is the "help come from God" Paul references (Acts 26:22)? Do you need it? Do you want it? • In what ways does the Gospel fulfill the Old Testament (Acts 26:23)?
Paul to Felix & Drusilla
November 30, 2014 • Michael Wilburn
Application Questions: • What does Paul mean by “believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets” (vs. 14)? How does it shape a Christian’s view of the Old Testament? • Do you have a clear conscience toward God and man (vs. 16)? How do you maintain it? • Have you been falsely accused? How did you respond? • What is the resurrection of the just and unjust? Where in the Bible would you find them?
Paul to the Sanhedrin
November 23, 2014 • Michael Wilburn
Application Questions • Was Paul's anger against Ananias justified? When is righteous anger good? • What does Paul's use of Exodus 22:28 (Acts 23:5) teach us about obedience? • How important is knowing your audience to evangelism? Give reasons why. • How and when is the resurrection hopeful (Acts 23:6)?
Paul to the Jerusalem Crowd
November 16, 2014 • Michael Wilburn
Application Questions: • How are people saved? • What were the circumstances leading to your conversion? • Do you remember a specific time you were saved? • Discuss with a friend what Paul’s blindness signifies? • Apply the statement, “You will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard” (Acts 22:15). Who are you specifically witnessing to?
Paul to the Ephesian Elders
November 9, 2014 • Michael Wilburn
Application Questions: 1. Who appoints a pastor according to Acts 20:28? 2. After reading Paul’s anecdotal sermon, how prominent is conflict/suffering in ministry? 3. Who are the wolves (vs. 29)? How you recognize and fight them? 4. List 2-3 creative ways you can personally apply the statement, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (vs. 31)
Paul at Athens
November 2, 2014 • Michael Wilburn
Application Questions: 1. What does it mean to know God? For a believer? For an unbeliever? 2. What are appropriate forms of contextualization? 3. What are inappropriate forms of contextualization? How do they compromise the Gospel? 4. When it says, “[Paul’s] spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols” (vs. 16), what gives you the same reaction in your city? 5. How must the phrase “He fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness” provoke urgency in the church?