Discuss Ephesians 1-4

Instead of Acts 3 this week, we will be looking at the great blessing of our union with Christ in the book of Ephesians. Take time on Friday or Saturday to read Ephesians 1:15-23 and pray for your church family.

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Ephesians 1-4 identifies many blessings because of our union with Christ. Which blessing do you most richly enjoy?
  3. Which blessing do you want to make progress in? What’s your plan for making progress?
  4. How does it change your plans to know that God plans to unite all things in Christ?
  5. List some ways that God’s wisdom is being displayed through Mambrino Baptist Church.
  6. Is there anything you are currently doing, thinking, or saying that is keeping us from enjoying unity together in Christ?
  7. How do your weaknesses display God’s power?
  8. Read Ephesians 4:2. What will it look like for you to do these things with greater dependence on Jesus? Where do you need to grow?
  9. In what areas of life do you need to be better equipped so you can more clearly glorify God? Talk to a pastor or teacher and ask for help growing in those areas.
  10. Prayerfully consider giving to help us get into the Next Generation Building.
  11. Can you volunteer with our teacher outreach, BSM outreach, Sunday school, or AWANA? Talk to a pastor or teacher about getting involved.

Discuss Acts 2:42-47

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What is one practical way you can help the members of Mambrino Baptist Church grow in the faith?
  3. Who is rejoicing and how can you share in their joy? Who is weeping and how can you share in their sorrow?
  4. Why does celebrating the Lord’s Supper as individuals defeat the point of the Lord’s Supper? What is the point of the Lord’s Supper?
  5. What would it look like for you, in particular, to take the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner?
  6. What can you do to help the church gather together for good when celebrating the Lord’s Supper?
  7. How can your prayers strengthen our unity as the church? What can you pray for and how can you gather with others for prayer?
  8. What do you think it would take for your neighbors to be in awe of your love Christ and his church?
  9. Pray for us to devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer in such a way that the Lord blesses our witness and adds to our number those who are being saved.

Discuss Acts 2:42-43

  • In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  • How does the Scripture you heard today point to Jesus?
  • Do you have a daily Bible reading plan? How is it going? How can you encourage the people around you to read their Bibles everyday looking for Jesus?
  • Do you feel like you know how to read the Bible with Christ at the center? Do you feel like you know how to accurately apply God’s Word to your life? If not, email, call, or text one of our pastors today.
  • What can you do this week to meet the needs of a church member? Some ideas are send a thank you text message or card of encouragement, give financially to someone who you know could use the help, when a person asks you to pray for something stop right there and pray with them.
  • Think about all the stuff you own and your weekly schedule. What is getting in the way of regular fellowship with other church members?
  • Read Ephesians 4:1-3 and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand how to live these verses in your situation.
  • What is one practical way you can increase our unity and fellowship as a church?
  • What is the significance of the Lord’s Supper in the life of the church?
  • What is the significance of eating meals together for the fellowship of the church?
  • Get out your calendar and plan a time during the next two weeks to invite a member or family into your home for dinner or dessert. Then keep asking people until you get someone to come.
  • What would it look like for you to take one simple step toward growing in devotion to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, or prayer?

Discuss Acts 2:37-41

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What is conviction over sin? Can you give an example from your life?
  3. Seeing that the Spirit uses the Word to pierce our hearts leading to repentance (Hebrews 4:12), what strategies will Satan use to keep you away from the Word?
  4. Repentance is more than acknowledging the need to change. Repentance is turning in thought or deed away from godlessness or selfishness. What do we turn to in repentance?
  5. Can you give an example of repentance from your life?
  6. What is the significance of being baptized in Jesus’ name?
  7. Can a person be forgiven prior to being baptized? Is it necessary to baptize a person in order for God to forgive that person?
  8. What do you think about the claim that the refusal to be baptized would soon result in church discipline?
  9. If you are a Christian, did you receive the Holy Spirit prior to, during, or after your baptism?
  10. Who do you know that has not repented and been baptized? Pray for an opportunity to share what you learned today with him/her.

Discuss Acts 2:29-36

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What is dangerous about confidence and certainty without wisdom? Can you give an example?
  3. What does it mean that Jesus is Lord?
  4. What does it mean that Jesus is Christ?
  5. The four pieces of evidence for Jesus being Lord and Christ are the pouring out of the Spirit, the planned crucifixion, the powerful resurrection, and Jesus’ exaltation to the Father’s right hand. Which piece of evidence do you find the most convincing?
  6. What are the Father, Son, and Spirit doing in Acts 2:33?
  7. Where do you see the Holy Spirit leading in your life?
  8. Why is it necessary to confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead in order to be saved? See Romans 10:9.
  9. What does it mean that Jesus is exalted at the Father’s right hand?
  10. What are you looking forward to when Jesus removes all sin and temptation and makes all things new?
  11. Seeing that Jesus is Lord and Christ, how should you live? Or, if you believed Jesus is Lord and Christ, how would your life change?
  12. In Acts 2, Peter gives us a good example of how to interpret the Bible with Christ at the center. Where else do you see Christ promised in the Old Testament?

Discuss Acts 2:25-28

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. The presence of God brought David stability, joy, and hope in a crisis (1 Samuel 30:6). How do you think it looked for David to set the Lord always before him?
  3. Considering some of the spiritual disciplines like regular Bible reading, Scripture memory, prayer, fasting, singing hymns, and fellowship around the Bible, which do you find the most helpful for drawing near to God and why?
  4. List two or three great things God has done for you. Let your tongue rejoice.
  5. Does Jesus’ submission to God surprise you? Jesus only did what he saw his Father doing and only said what he heard his Father saying (John 5:19; 12:49).
  6. How would your life change if you only spoke and acted like Jesus?
  7. What gets in the way of your happiness in God?
  8. Where are you experiencing daily dying for the good of others? What does it look like for you to pick up your cross everyday and follow Jesus?
  9. How is the Lord’s Supper like a party invitation?

Discuss Acts 2:22-24

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. Why is it necessary to believe in Jesus? Why is belief in God not enough for salvation?
  3. What part does repentance for sin play in salvation? Is repentance necessary, secondary, or unnecessary?
  4. Why do the preachers in Acts keep referring to Jesus being from Nazareth? See Acts 2:22; 3:3; 4:10; 6:14; 10:38; 22:8; 24:5; 26:9.
  5. What do you believe about Jesus’ miracles? Were the stories made up? Was Jesus just a good magician-faker? Do the miracles demonstrate to you the power of God?
  6. How do you reconcile God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility?
  7. In what sense did you cause Jesus’ crucifixion?
  8. Why is it necessary to remember that God planned your redemption through Christ’s death?
  9. According to Acts 2:42, why did the Father raise Jesus from the dead? What are the implications of this truth for your life?
  10. How do you feel when you think about your own impending death? What does the resurrection of Jesus say to your hopes and fears?