(Pastor Luke will preach from Acts 10 on Sunday, May 13. These questions may be useful if you’d like to study that passage in depth. You may also download the questions in printable form.)
1. Have you ever been at a wedding a wedding where someone objected to the union? Was the objection wise? Was the wedding?
2. Readers of Acts focus on the “exciting” gifts of the Spirit (strange tongues, healing, etc.). Read 1 Corinthians 13 and summarize it.
3. Peter’s group discerns the Spirit at work in Cornelius’ group (v. 46) from their own earlier experience. Read about that in Acts 2: 4. How are these experiences similar? How are they different?
4. In what ways has God been active in your life? How are those ways helpful in seeing the Holy Spirit at work in others?
5. When Peter asked about withholding the water of baptism (v. 47), no one objected. But they did object later, as describe in Acts 11: 1–2 and again in Acts 15: 1–5. Why does this issue keep coming up?
6. Read Deuteronomy 10: 12–19. How would you describe the tension between v. 15 and vv. 17–19? How does it relate to the events in Acts?
7. The circumcised believers were “astounded” that the Holy Spirit would fall even on Gentiles (v. 45). Why?
8. When has God acted in a way that “astounded” you?
9. Who (other than yourself) would it surprise you to see God blessing and working in their life? Why?