Sunday, January 13, 2013

Chapter 16

Verses 1-3        This follows just after the Jerusalem council’s decision about circumcision. What might  be happening here, and why?  Consider verse 1 in your answer, along with 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 and Acts 21:17-26.
Verses 6-15      Does the Holy Spirit still work like this?  Has He ever in your life or the lives of those you know? Tell us about it.

verses 16-18    Why was Paul annoyed?  Consider Psalm 50:16. But what about Phil 1:12-20? Now go back to verse 17. Note the literal translation of the article ‘the’ should be translated ‘a’.  What is significant, then, about what she was saying? Application?  Now see verses 22-31.

Verses 22-31    What do you think about Paul’s and Silas’ attitude in this situation?

Verse 25           Do you think others are listening to us, and watching us? What do you think of that responsibility? Consider psalm 69:(7)6.

Verse 30           If someone were to approach you with that same question, how would you answer? Spend some time thinking about that. It may happen sooner than you might anticipate.

Verse 32-34      And the family were all baptized. Note the order: Hearing the message, believing the message, baptized after faith (adults) and children (presumably in the household) after the faith of the parents.  What ritual in the OT does that remind you of? Now consider Romans 2:25-29.

Verses 35-40    To what did Paul appeal to get the magistrates to come to them?  Application? Why do you think they then went to Lydia’s house?

We will move into chapter 17 next time.

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