Discussion and Application Questions for Group Life Communities
We invite you to use the following questions as you dig deeper into this story from Acts.
Read Acts 16:16-34
Do you wear any religious jewelry or clothing? What are the benefits?
Observation (be curious, imagine yourself in the story)
-What stands out to you in the telling of the story?
-Who are the main characters in this story?
-Where do you see God intervening on the disciple’s behalf in the story?
-What other observations stand out to you from this account?
Interpretation (uncover the 'why' behind the story, why are certain details included?)
-Is it OK for followers of Jesus to get 'greatly annoyed' (Acts 16:18)?
-In what ways does this account help to establish the church in this community of Philippi?
-Why did Paul wait until after he was imprisoned to say he was a Roman citizen? Why is Roman citizenship important?
Application (connect the message to your personal life. What is God trying to say to me through this passage?)
-Have you ever been falsely accused of something? How did God provide a way out?
- Do you think it is OK to disagree and or petition the government as Christians?
-Are you willing to suffer misunderstanding or physical threat for your faith in Jesus? In what form do you see suffering happening to Christians today?
-How can you demonstrate joy in the midst of the stressful times around us?
Next Week's Study: Acts 20. "On Mission with Jesus." Please join us for worship on Saturday at 6 and Sunday at 9 and 10:45. Livestream online on Sundays at 9 and 10:45.