Questions and going deeper resources
Connect Continue or begin a rhythm of recalling God’s promises each day.
- What has most stood out for you in the book of Acts? What have you learnt about Gospel witness?
Read Acts 28:1-16 (Gospel witness is full of… Surprising Encounters)
- How does Luke describe the welcome that they received? Why was this so surprising to them?
- Have you ever been surprised at how people have welcomed you as a Christian? Do you typically expect people to be more hostile or more receptive to the Gospel? What should we expect?
- Why did the people think Paul was a god? What do Paul and his friends do whilst on Malta?
- How is it evident that Paul considers the various detours on his journey not as distractions, but a continued opportunity to show and share the Good News of Jesus? What do you think helped him?
- Can you think of a time in which a “detour” in life has been an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel?
- How was it a kindness of God that Paul didn’t know every detail about being sent to Rome?
Do you think it’s ever a kindness of God that we don’t know everything as he leads us?
- Do you think you would follow God as readily if you did know every aspect about what it entails?
Read Acts 28:17-27 (Gospel witness is full of… Mixed Responses)
- What had the authorities heard about Paul? How is this a little anticlimactic?
- What was Paul’s goal in sharing the good news (i.e., understanding or something more?)? What’s ours?
- What are the two main responses to Paul sharing the Good News? What do each of these mean?
- How have you witnessed both types of responses? What warning does Paul issue?
Read Acts 28:28-30 (Gospel witness is full of… Expansive Mission)
- What does Paul mean by God’s salvation being sent to the Gentiles? How are we connected to this?
- How is every Christian part of the continuing story of the Gospel going out, in the power of the Spirit, to the ends of the earth? How can we be confident that the Gospel will not be thwarted?
- Our frontlines are the places (i.e., where we live, learn, shop, serve, work, or play) where God has placed us. In which of these frontlines are you most active? Which do you find most challenging as a Christian?
Apply Invite at least ONE person—from one of the frontlines in which God has placed you (i.e., where you live, learn, shop, serve, work, or play)—along to an Easter service this coming week.
On Your Front Line this Week
What is something positive about the way people interact on your frontline? How can you notice and acknowledge it this week?
- Download: some of the family resources to use at home: stbartskids.org
Listen, Watch, and Read
- Listen: “The Lord’s Prisoner” by John Stott:
- Watch: “Difficult Terms—Whole-Life Disciple” by Dave Benson (on behalf of Lausanne):
- Watch: “Finishing Well” by Tim Keller:
- Read: “Four in Ten Aussies would go to an Easter Service: https://bit.ly/3nASGzk
- Read (and pray!): Resources to help pray for God’s mission in the world:
- Series Overview (PDF & Audiobook): Via our Resource Hub: https://www.stbarts.com.au/sermon-series/acts-2023
- Watch: “Bible Project: Acts” https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/acts/
- Listen: “Lecture: The Book of Acts” by John Stott: https://bit.ly/3GsphhH
- Read: “Acts for Everyone” by Tom Wright: https://bit.ly/3Cd0pbr
- Read: “Acts: A Visual Guide” by Kevin DeYoung”: https://bit.ly/3G6qCJS
- Read: “Acts: A Commentary” by Bruce Milne: https://bit.ly/3G1LjXb
Read: “Acts: A Devotional Commentary for Study and Preaching” by Loveday Alexander:https://www.amazon.com/Acts-Devotional-Commentary-Preaching-Peoples/dp/1841012165