Holy Spirit

The Power Explained - Part 3

Five Ingredients of True Conversion:
  1. Heart-felt CONVICTION . (Acts 2:37)


  2. Sincere REPENTANCE . (Acts 2:38)


  3. Godly MOTIVATION . (Acts 2:39)


  4. Radical SEPARATION . (Acts 2:40)


  5. Public PROFESSION . (Acts 2:41)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 2:37-41

  1. How can you tell if someone is truly "cut to the heart", that is, they are genuinely sorry for their sins? (Acts 2:37)
  2. How would you answer someone who asks, "Why should I get baptized? What does it mean?" (Acts 2:38)
  3. Is Acts 2:38 teaching that "you can't get saved unless you are baptized"? Why or why not?
  4. What are wrong motivations to come to Christ? (See Acts 2:39 for the right motivation)
  5. What did Peter mean by, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation"? (Acts 2:40) 

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another.

The Power Explained - Part 2

Four Proofs that Jesus is the Christ:

  1. We witnessed God's POWER in Jesus' life. (Acts 2:22)

  2. We witnessed God's SOVEREIGNTY in Jesus' death. (Acts 2:23)

  3. We witnessed God's VICTORY in Jesus' resurrection. (Acts 2:24-32)


  4. We witnessed God's PROMISE in Jesus' exaltation. (Acts 2:33-36)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 2:22-36

  1. Explain Acts 2:23. If this was God's plan, according to His foreknowledge, can those men who crucified Jesus be held guilty? Why or why not?
  2. Why does Peter spend so little time on Jesus life and death, and so much time on Jesus' resurrection?
     
  3. The original purpose of Peter's sermon was to explain the coming of the Holy Spirit. Why, then, did Peter preach about Jesus?
     
  4. What promises are attached to the exaltation of Christ (Acts 2:33-36)? What do these promises mean for you and the church? 


Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another.

The Power Explained - Part 1

Power in People is Part of the Plan!

  1. This is a PREVIEW: Enjoy a taste of what's coming! (Acts 2:16-18)


  2. This is a PROMISE : God will keep his word on judgement, too! (Acts 2:19-20)


  3. This is a PROVOCATION : You have to do something about this! (Acts 2:21)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 2:14-21

  1. Why did Peter quote THIS Old Testament passage? Why use this passage if all of these things were not yet fulfilled (judgment, Day of the Lord, etc)?
     
  2. Why do you think preaching is God's ordained method of getting His Word out? (Hint: What role does the Holy Spirit's power have in this?)

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another. I am going to selfishly ask you pray for me while I am in Thailand teaching the pastors at the conference. I know I can count on you!

The Power Arrives!

Four Amazing Aspects of the Holy Spirit:

  1. He's HERE ! (Acts 2:1-4)


  2. He's working through ORDINARY people! (Acts 2:5-7)


  3. He's after EVERYONE ! (Acts 2:8-11)


  4. He's POLARIZING ! (Acts 2:12-13)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 2:1-13

  1. What's the significance of everyone hearing in their own language (Acts 2:6-11)? What does this say about the biblical phenomenon of "speaking in tongues"?
  2. Why do people try to "explain it away" when God is so clearly at work (Acts 2:13)? (Hint: See John 3:19-21, Romans 1:18) How should we respond to that as Christians?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to be walking in the Spirit.