Acts : Church on the Move Outlines

To the Ends of the Earth

 Acts 1:8

Before they moved, they waited [Acts 1:4, Acts 2:1]

For the church to move, the church must be on God’s time – don’t RUSH!

United in Prayer [Acts 1:12-14]

Praying – prayer must be a way of life

United – remember, one purpose of glorifying God

Directed by God [Acts 1:15-26]

Desiring of God’s Word / Understanding the importance of Scripture Fulfilled

Choosing of Matthias to Replace Judas

Repentance First [Acts 2:37-41]

Repentance is necessary for growth — this is SALVATION!

Growth Second [Acts 2:42-47]

Devoted themselves to: 

Teaching

Fellowship

Breaking of Bread

Prayer

Praising God

    — this is NEW LIFE!

Breakout Session Questions

  1. Read Acts 1:8. Who should bear witness to Jesus? Why?

 

  1. Read Acts 1:16-20. This passage discusses the apostles using good discernment to choose a replacement for Judas. 
      1. Why was the replacement necessary? 
      1. What is the difference between God’s revealed will and God’s concealed will? 

C.   How can we understand and obey both?

  1. Read Acts 2:42-45. This passage talks about the behaviors prevalent in the early church. Fellowship is so important to the body of Christ. How does fellowship with Christ and fellowship with believers relate? What does this mean for us?

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ACTS 4 Being Bold

  • Peter and John faced leadership (same people that wanted Jesus dead)

• By what power or what name have you done this?

– They had just proclaimed the healing in Jesus name

-These leaders already knew – this was why they were seized!

  • Peter was filled by the Holy Spirit

• Filled by the Holy Spirit is different from the first “filling” or “baptized by the Holy

Spirit” / Pentecost / First-believed moment when the Holy Spirit is first received.

– Ephesians 5:18 – “Don’t be drunk with wine… Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” [NLT]

– Allowing God to move through you and have His way

• Galatians 5:25 – “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” [ESV]

– No one is filled with the Holy Spirit in this way all the time.

  • Peter and John could not stop speaking about what they have seen and heard (v.20)

• They had to tell people about Jesus and salvation

• They prayed that they be about to speak God’s Word with BOLDNESS

– They did not pray for help to remove the threats

– They did not pray for protection from the threats

– They prayed to continue to share what was on their hearts to share – JESUS!

• God answered their prayers

– The ground was shaking

– The people were all filled with the Holy Spirit

– The people began to speak the Word of God boldly

– There’s an army rising up – To break every chain… (Jesus Culture)

Breakout Session Questions

  1. Read Acts 4:13.
      1. How does the verse describe the men?

B. What does the verse tell us about the importance of spending time with

Jesus?

2. Describe a moment when you kept quiet about your faith? Why do you think

you did this?

3. How is the power of the Holy Spirit related to being bold in sharing your faith?

Why is it so important for us to pray for boldness?

4. What does this boldness look like at DRCC?

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Acts 5:17-42 Obey God’s Plan

  • WE MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN PEOPLE (5:29)
        • When human command contradicts God’s truth, defiance is permitted
  • Gamaliel’s advice (5:38-39)
    • Gamaliel was Pharisee (part of Sanhedrin – leadership council in Israel), led by the High Priest, he was leading rabbi who was Paul’s mentor
    • If this plan or work is of human origin, it will fail
    • If this plan is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them
      • You may even be found fighting against God!
  1. God’s way is above ours (Isaiah 55:8)
  1. God’s plan prevails (Psalm 33:11, Proverbs 19:21, Isaiah 46:9-10)
  1. Our plan should be God’s plan (Proverbs 16:9)

Scripture test

Much Prayer

Wise Counsel

Breakout Session Questions

1. Read Romans 13:1-7. 1 Peter 2:13-17. What does this passage say about obeying authorities? How should we live according to these passages?

2. When is it okay to disobey the authorities?

3. What does the phrase “fighting against God” mean to you?

4. How could you possibly be found “fighting against God?” (give examples) How could DRCC possibly be found “fighting against God”? (give examples)

5. What can we do individually and as a church to ensure that we are in partnership with God?

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Know Your Role

Acts 6:1-7

  • Hellenistic Jews (Greek Jews) had complaint against Hebraic Jews (Hebrew / Native Jews)
    • Greek Jews are overlooked in daily distribution
      • This is an issue that needs resolved
      • Orphans & widows needed care (James 1:27)
    • This failure is not necessarily due to sin, but due to human limitations
        • Everyone has a role — a part in the body of Christ
        • People are uniquely designed for a specific role
        • Every role is important
  • “It would NOT be right” (6:2)
    • The Twelve were devoted to preaching the Word of God (6:2)
    • The Twelve were devoted to prayer (6:4)
  • Seven chosen to address daily distribution
    • Good reputation
    • Full of the Spirit
    • Full of wisdom
    • The names are all Greek— putting Greek Jews in charge of managing the distribution more fairly – example of HUMILITY & UNITY!
    • 5 never mentioned again, Stephen – eloquent speaker of Jesus Christ, Phillip – one of the church’s first evangelists!
  • The Word of God spread, the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly in number (6:7)

 Breakout Session Questions

  1. How did this complaint between the Greek Jews and Hebrew / Native Jews threaten the unity of the Church? How did the Apostles protect the unity of the Church?

2. What were the Apostles devoted to? Why was this so important to the growth of the Church?

3. How are the Spirit and wisdom related? Read 1 Corinthians 12:8.

  1. How did the Seven assist the Apostles?  Read 1 Timothy 3:8-13. How does this passage, along with today’s reading in Acts describe the type of people to select as leaders (deacons)? Why are these qualities so important?

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Chosen

You Will Be My Witnesses Acts 9:1-25 Sunday, June 17, 2018

Chosen

– Here I Am (v. 10)

• Told WHERE to go — street called Straight, house of Judas

• Told WHO to go to — Saul, man from Tarsus

• Told WHEN to go — at once

• Told WHY he must go – since he is praying there, needs to place hands on him and pray

so his sight can be restored

– BUT this man… (v. 13-14)

• Very evil, Power to harm

– He is my CHOSEN INSTRUMENT (vessel of election) (v. 15)

• He will carry my name before the Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel

• He is chosen to suffer for Jesus Christ

– We are to WITNESS to GOD’s CHOSEN ONES

• They are chosen ones because they will accept Jesus (PREDESTINATION)

– Ephesians 1:4-5 — even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that

we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to

himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.

• God wants to freely pour out His grace & mercy on His chosen ones

– 2 Peter 3:9 — The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is

patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach

repentance.

• God has a plan for His chosen ones

– Romans 8:28-30 — And we know that for those who love God all things work together

for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he

foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he

might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also

called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also

glorified.

• You are called to say “Here I Am” to God’s leading you to share Jesus so that His

message of hope and salvation can reach the chosen ones

– 2 Timothy 1:9 — who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our

works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus

before the ages began

– Ephesians 1:11-12 — In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined

according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his

will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

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Ready to Explain

Acts 8:26-40

  • Philip directed to go to the desert road (8:26)
    • Despite having successful ministry in Samaria (8:5-6)
    • Philip’s obedience resulted in the Good News in Ethiopia
    • Philip is the only one designated as Evangelist in Bible (Acts 21:8)
  • Ethiopian Eunuch traveling in chariot on way home (8:27-28)
    • Went to Jerusalem to worship
      • A eunuch was someone who was castrated for service
      • Deuteronomy 23:1 — Eunuch not permitted to enter assembly of the Lord
      • Ethiopian Eunuch was high official in charge of the treasury
    • Reading from the book of Isaiah
    • He didn’t understand what he was reading – how can I understand unless someone guides me?
  • Philip the Evangelist
    • He followed the Holy Spirit’s leading
    • He was available & prepared to share the Good News (8:26-27)
    • He began to share with Eunuch from where he was at (in book of Isaiah)
    • He explained how Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of Isaiah — all about Jesus
  • The Eunuch believed and was baptized
    • What would keep me from being baptized? (8:37)
    • Philip carried away by Spirit of the Lord 
      • Confirmation that he is God’s representative, more work to be done for Gentiles to be brought to Jesus Christ
    • Eunuch went away praising God

Breakout Session Questions

  1. What are some things that you can do to evangelize like Philip?

 

  1. What does today’s passage teach us about being led by the Spirit?

 

  1. What does today’s passage teach us about being ready to share the Good News?

 

  1. How does Philip’s faithful obedience play an important role in the movement of the early church?

 

  1. Why is baptism important?

 

Acts 8:26-40

  • Philip the Evangelist
    • He followed the Holy Spirit’s leading (8:29-30)
    • He was available & prepared to share the Good News (8:26-27)
    • He began to share with Eunuch from where he was at (8:35)
    • He explained how Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of Isaiah — all about Jesus (8:35)

Romans 10:14-17

Breakout Session Questions

  1. What are some things that you can do to evangelize like Philip?
  1. What does today’s passage teach us about being led by the Spirit?
  1. What does today’s passage teach us about being ready to share the Good News?
  1. How does Philip’s faithful obedience play an important role in the movement of the early church?
  1. Why is baptism important?

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Courageously Welcoming

Acts 9:26-31

  • Fear kept them from welcoming Saul
    • They didn’t believe he was a disciple
    • They couldn’t see his heart
    • Responded with rejection
  • Barnabas took a chance – stood up for Saul by bringing him to the disciples
    • Trusted God is in control
    • Saw Saul with God’s eyes
    • Responded with courage & and a warm welcome

1. See people as God sees people

John 3:16 — God SO LOVED people

Genesis 1:27— God created people in His image

2. Respond with love and honor

Romans 12:9-10Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Genuine Love — Real, without hidden agenda, not put on

Love like you are loved – John 15:12 — This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Show Honor — (Tee-may’) – a price, value, properly perceive value

Honor by giving of your time & attention

Honor by treating people like they matter — because they do!

Honor by helping people to see their identity in Christ

Honor by encouraging people to aim for greater things

Breakout Session Questions

  1. What is the first thing you typically notice about a person? (Share examples)

 

  1. Has your first impression of a person ever been wrong? (Share examples)
  1. Is there something that hinders you from being a welcoming person?

 

  1. Read Romans 12:9-10. This passage discusses a love that is genuine — a love /devotion for one another with brotherly affection. How would you describe this love? How can we show this love with those at DRCC and beyond the DRCC walls?

 

  1. This passage from Romans also discusses how we should outdo one another in showing honor. How can we do that? What does this do to welcome someone?

 

Acts 9:26-31

  1. See people as God sees people

John 3:16

Genesis 1:27 

2. Respond with love and honor

Romans 12:9-10 

Genuine Love 

  John 15:12 

Show Honor 

Breakout Sessions

  1. What is the first thing you typically notice about a person? (Share examples)
  1. Has your first impression of a person ever been wrong? (Share examples)
  1. Is there something that hinders you from being a welcoming person?

 

  1. Read Romans 12:9-10. This passage discusses a love that is genuine — a love /devotion for one another with brotherly affection. How would you describe this love? How can we show this love with those at DRCC and beyond the DRCC walls?

 

  1. This passage from Romans also discusses how we should outdo one another in showing honor. How can we do that? What does this do to welcome someone?

 

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Grace Disputed

Church on the Move

Acts 15

Always must pay attention when the Gospel is being disputed

  • Issue – some believed unless circumcised, cannot be saved (Jews thought Gentiles should become Jews to become Christians)
  • Response – GRACE!!!
  • GO TO THE PERSON YOU HAVE COMPLAINT AGAINST (v. 2)
  • LISTEN FIRST
    • The people were silent & listened, the people had much debate (v.  7,12)
      • James 1:19 – Quick to listen, Slow to speak, Slow to become angry
    • After hearing, the people responded (v. 13)
  • DISCUSSION WAS GOD-CENTERED
    • v. 19 says we should not cause difficulties among those turning to God
  • DECISION WAS CLEAR
    • Letter & verbal description – made sure final decision was understood
  • PEOPLE WERE SPIRT-LED & UNITED (v. 27-28)
  • HONORED THEM BEFORE LEAVING (v. 32-34)

End result – stronger unity / relationship

* Verse 34 is MISSING

Leader Guide

1. Why is it so important that we stand up when the Gospel of grace is being disputed?

Because of God’s desire that none should perish, we should do all we can to be sure to stand up for God’s grace and ensure people understand and receive His grace— live a life overflowing with God’s amazing grace!

2. This passage we looked at today was attempting to add something to Jesus, meaning that salvation was Jesus plus something else. 

Is this evident today? (give examples)

A lot of people do this by trying to earn salvation while still claiming Jesus… a big one people are guilty of often is gossiping about fellow brothers and sisters — consider how words against those in Christ basically is saying that the brothers and sisters are not “good enough” in Christ which basically again tries to hold them to works. Some people collect gods to ensure they have plenty to cover them (ex: Hinduism).

What is the danger in this?

If a person does not understand that Jesus alone is the Way, people may not receive the salvation that comes through Him alone. If this is something that is happening between one believer and another, it can cause division in the Body.

3. During James’ response, he used Scripture. Why is Scripture so important when trying to resolve conflict?

The truth of God is the great plumb line for every area of life. We certainly could come up with our own answers; however, the truth of God is just, true, and what will stand. There are no opinions and emotions getting in the way when the results are based on God’s Word. There is no better way to determine God’s will in a matter than to read His Word and pray.

4. When you have a conflict with someone, what is typically the hardest thing for you? What do you need to work on? Pray about this.

Answers will vary: Approaching the person first, keeping emotions out of the equation, focusing on God’s Word for the matter, listening first, taking it personal, not acting with love and grace, praying for the other person…

Church on the Move

Acts 15

Always must pay attention when the Gospel is being disputed

  • GO TO THE PERSON YOU HAVE COMPLAINT AGAINST (v. 2)
  • LISTEN FIRST
      • James 1:19 – Quick to listen, Slow to speak, Slow to become angry
  • DISCUSSION WAS GOD-CENTERED
  • DECISION WAS CLEAR
  • PEOPLE WERE SPIRT-LED & UNITED (v. 27-28)
  • HONORED THEM BEFORE LEAVING (v. 32-34)

* Verse 34 is MISSING

Breakout Session Questions

1. Why is it so important that we stand up when the Gospel of grace is being disputed?

2. This passage we looked at today was attempting to add something to Jesus, meaning that salvation was Jesus plus something else. 

Is this evident today? (give examples)

What is the danger in this?

3. During James’ response, he used Scripture. Why is Scripture so important when trying to resolve conflict?

4. When you have a conflict with someone, what is typically the hardest thing for you? What do you need to work on? Pray about this.

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Digging Deeper

Acts 17:10-15

The Bereans were openminded by not foolish

    • Received the Word with Eagerness
    • Examined the Scripture Daily
    • Sought the Truth

How do you receive the Word with eagerness?

Come prepared

Bring your Bible

Heart ready to receive

Anticipate hearing from God

How can you better examine the Scripture daily?

Daily Devotional

YouVersion App

Independent Study

Study Bibles (ex: Life Application Bible)

Commentaries

Books (MAKE SURE SCRIPTURE IN THE BOOK)

Listening to the Word

Dwell App

Audio Bible

Sermons / Podcasts

How can you seek the Truth?

Fasten the Belt of Truth on your waist – Ephesians 6:14

Look for yourself – examine text yourself

When Scripture referenced, read for yourself

Don’t let your own Bible studying be your only Bible studying

Don’t let someone else’s Bible teaching be your only Bible teaching

Sometimes we read and hear what we want

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teachand admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. [Berean Study Bible]

Compare passage with ultimate Bible narrative – does it fit?

God’s Word does not contradict 

God’s Word does not change

Numbers 23:19 

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? [NIV]

What is the passage actually about? 

Read before the passage

Note transitions like “BUT” or “THEREFORE”

See how the Scripture links elsewhere 

Study that Scripture too

Allow yourself to engage deeply with the Word

Proverbs 3:13

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, [NIV]

Always be mindful of resources you use

Is the Bible translation good for me?

Is the resource I’m using a solid resource? – DON’T JUST GOOGLE

Is the speaker/teacher/preacher sharing God’s Word with Scripture references?

Colossians 2:8

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. [NLT]

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Finish the Race

 

Acts 20:24-30 The Passion Translation (TPT)

24 “But whether I live or die is not important, for I don’t esteem my life as indispensable.[a] It’s more important for me to fulfill my destiny and to finish the ministry my Lord Jesus has assigned to me, which is to faithfully preach the wonderful news of God’s grace. 

25 I’ve been a part of your lives and shared with you many times the message of God’s kingdom realm. But now I leave you, and you will not see my face again. 

26 If any of you should be lost, I will not be blamed, for my conscience is clean, 

27 because I’ve taught you everything I could about God’s eternal plan and I’ve held nothing back. 

28 So guard your hearts. Be true shepherds[b] over all the flock and feed them well. Remember, it was the Holy Spirit who appointed you to guard and oversee[c] the churches that belong to Jesus, the Anointed One,[d] which he purchased and established by his own blood.

29 “I know that after I leave, imposters who have no loyalty to the flock[e] will come among you like savage wolves. 

30 Even some from among your very own ranks will rise up, twisting the truth[f] to seduce people into following them instead of Jesus.

  1. ALERT (v. 31) – be alert!

Acts 20:31 The Passion Translation (TPT)

31 So be alert and discerning. Remember that for three years, night and day, I’ve never stopped warning each of you, pouring out my heart to you with tears.

This “be on guard” means “To be vigilant, “to watch carefully for danger”…

There is danger…

Not everyone wants you to finish the race well

2. MOTIVE (v. 24) – watch for motives!

Acts 20:24 New Living Translation (NLT)

24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

Is the motive (reason for doing something) your love for Jesus?

Is the motive (reason for doing something) your faithful obedience to Jesus?

3. FOCUS (v. 25)

What or Who are you preaching? Are you preaching the Kingdom?

Acts 20:25 The Voice (VOICE)

25 I now realize that this is our last good-bye. You have been like family in all my travels to proclaim the kingdom of God, but after today none of you will see my face again.

4. GUARD (v. 28-29)

Acts 20:28-29 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God,[a] which he purchased with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.

This “be on guard” means to give full attention to, to devote yourself to… this means we need to protect ourselves and others – we are all on the same team!

For you and others, truth will be distorted

Even some from your own group will rise up & distort truth to lure people into following them

Breakout Session Questions

1. In reading tonight’s passage, how can you describe Paul’s ministry?

 

2. Read Acts 20:22-24. What can we glean from these verses? How can we be more like this?

3. This passage speaks about being alert, keeping a close watch on our lives and on the lives of the flock. How is this accomplished?

4. Read Acts 20:36-38. What does this passage tell us about seasons and our race? Is this passage encouraging?

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A Good Investment

Acts 18:24-28

Apollos – mentored by Priscilla & Aquila

VERSE 25

    • Apollos was instructed in the way of the Lord
    • Fervent in Spirit
    • Spoke/taught accurately
    • BUT, only knew John’s baptism
      • He knew repentance from sin but did not believe in Jesus

Warning… Proverbs 13:20 – Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. [ESV]

A good mentor cares

They took note of Apollos strengths, encouraged his progress

They took Apollos aside privately, provided correction in a loving, kind way 

Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. [ESV]

Mark 12:30-31 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” [NIV]

a good mentor will take time to understand the burdens you have and help you to navigate life

A good mentor is well versed in scripture

Apollos was already “teaching accurately about Jesus,” but Aquila & Priscilla knew enough to help him more. 

Correction should always be performed Scripturally. 

A good mentor invests what he/she has in another

You cannot provide someone something you do not have yourself.

Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. [NLT]

A good mentor sees a greater purpose

Apollos grew from his encounter with the couple

This time with Aquila & Priscilla helped Apollos to be able to explain the way of God more accurately. 

Apollos was a great help, vigorously refused the Jews.

1 Thessalonians 5:11a – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up [ESV]

Hebrews 10:24 – Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. [GNB]

 Breakout Session Questions

For each verse, ask: 

    • What does this share about relationships? 
    • Why is this important? 
    • How can this be accomplished?

Read Proverbs 25:17.

 

Read Romans 12:10. 

 

Read Romans 12:15.

 

Read Ephesians 4:15.

 

Read Hebrews 10:24.

 

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Take Courage

Act 27-28

euthumeó: to be of good cheer

Original Word: εὐθυμέω

Part of Speech: Verb

Transliteration: euthumeó

Phonetic Spelling: (yoo-thoo-meh’-o)

Short Definition: I am cheerful

Definition: I keep up spirit, am cheerful, am of good courage.

“be of good cheer, in good spirits” (high morale)

BE OF GOOD CHEER – GOD IS FAITHFUL

1 Corinthians 1:8-9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

And He will also confirm you to the end [keeping you strong and free of any accusation, so that you will be] blameless and beyond reproach in the day [of the return] of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise—He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Acts 27:17-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 After hoisting it up, they used supports to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear,[a] and thus they were driven along. 18 Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo. 19 And on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.

21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on some island.”

BE OF GOOD CHEER – GOD IS IN CONTROL

Job 12:10 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

10 

Every living creature

    is in the hands of God.

John 10:28 English Standard Version (ESV)

28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Acts 28:1-6 The Message (MSG)

28 1-2 Once everyone was accounted for and we realized we had all made it, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. The natives went out of their way to be friendly to us. The day was rainy and cold and we were already soaked to the bone, but they built a huge bonfire and gathered us around it.

3-6 Paul pitched in and helped. He had gathered up a bundle of sticks, but when he put it on the fire, a venomous snake, roused from its torpor by the heat, struck his hand and held on. Seeing the snake hanging from Paul’s hand like that, the natives jumped to the conclusion that he was a murderer getting his just deserts. Paul shook the snake off into the fire, none the worse for wear. They kept expecting him to drop dead, but when it was obvious he wasn’t going to, they jumped to the conclusion that he was a god!

BE OF GOOD CHEER – GOD’S PLAN WILL BE FULFILLED

Proverbs 19:21 New Living Translation (NLT)

21 You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

Proverbs 16:3 New Living Translation (NLT)

3  Commit your actions to the Lord,

    and your plans will succeed.

Acts 28:16 New International Version (NIV)

16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.

Acts 28:25-31 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 And after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: “The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,

26 

‘Go and say to this people:

When you hear what I say,

you will not understand.

When you see what I do,

you will not comprehend.

27 

For the hearts of these people are hardened,

and their ears cannot hear,

and they have closed their eyes—

so their eyes cannot see,

and their ears cannot hear,

and their hearts cannot understand,

and they cannot turn to me

and let me heal them.’[a]

28 So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.”[b]

30 For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense.[c] He welcomed all who visited him, 31 boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.

Breakout Sessions

1. How does tonight’s passage highlight for us the truth that God keeps His Word?

2. How did Paul witness well during this journey to Rome and while at Rome?

3. Paul made the most of his house arrest in Rome by sharing the Good News, continuing his ministry work. What does his example teach us about making the most of every ministry opportunity the Lord provides?

4. We have just finished reading the Book of Acts. What was your greatest takeaway from this book?

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