Bible study questions – Acts 2:42-47

 

What are some adjectives you would use to describe the church written of in this passage?

What was important in the believers’ lives together?

To what extent should we simply copy the example of the first Christians? What are the benefits and dangers of such an approach?

Of the four components listed in verse 42 (teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayers), the teaching component is listed first. What do you think might be significant about the order of this list?

 

What does it look like to be devoted to God’s Word as a church? As a community group? As a family? On your own?

What does it look like to be devoted to prayer as a church? As a community group? As a family? On your own?

How would you describe these Christians’ attitude toward money and possessions? Acts 4:32;  1 John 3:16-18

What is “fellowship”? Hebrews 3:12-14; 10:24-25

In what ways is fellowship distinct from socializing?

What societal trends, modern conveniences, and personal beliefs work against a Christian remaining in fellowship?

 

The early church was “devoted” to living in fellowship. Devoted here means to be “persisting tenaciously in” fellowship. What are some of the benefits of being in fellowship like this?

 

How important is confession of personal sin for fellowship? 1 John 1:5-10; James 5:13-16

 

Why is Christian community dependent on the Spirit of Christ? Philippians 2:1-11

What does it mean in verse 44 that “all who believed were together and had all things in common?” What does that look like?

 

Perhaps 20-25 years separates the Pentecost gathering from the Corinthian congregation.  What do you think happened in the meantime to make such a difference? 1 Corinthians 11:17-22

 

Although we have no details, what do you think may have caused the growth mentioned in verse 47b? What can we learn from this?

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