1. What is the best book that you have ever read and why?
2. This weekend, we are continuing our look at Acts 2:42-47, where we read that the early believers were devoted to the apostles’ teaching. This study will take us into the book of Acts to examine exactly what this devotion looked like. Take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you study.
3. What did the apostles teach? A good way to get a sense of this is to examine some of the sermons preached in Acts. Take some time to identify characteristics of what was taught in the following Scripture passages (if you are in a small group you may want to break down into groups of 2-3 to look at these and then share your findings with the entire group):
- Acts 2:1-39 – Peter’ s Pentecost sermon in Jerusalem
- Acts 3:11-26 – Peter’s sermon after healing a lame man
- Acts 7:2-53 – Stephen’s sermon before the Sanhedrin (Jewish leaders)
- Acts 10:34-48 – Peter’s sermon at Caesarea in Cornelius’ house
- Acts 13:16-48 – Paul’s sermon at Pisidian Antioch in a synagogue
4. How did the churches seen in Acts practically devote themselves to God’s word? Take a look at the following passages: Acts 5:42; 8:35; 17:11-12; 18:11; 19:10, 17-20; 20:7-12.
5. The word ‘devoted’ conveys the idea of continuous, steadfast activity. What has been your experience of steadfast, continuous devotion to God’s word? What are some of the practical ways you put this into practice?
6. Identify one practical way you will devote yourself to God’s word as a response to this week’s study and sermon. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.