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The beginning of the spread of the Gospel from Jerusalem to Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth was last week’s topic.  This week we begin in Acts 10 with Peter’s visit to Cornelius’ house and end with Timothy, the outcast, being chosen by Paul as his disciple.

Reflection questions

  • What is Luke’s goal in writing the Book of Acts?
  • God could have communicated with Cornelius directly.  Why do you think he sent Peter?
  • What’s significant about the Holy Spirit coming upon Cornelius’ house?
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  • Read Acts 11:19-30.  Syrian Antioch was a significant hub of trade and commerce in the Roman empire.  From this passage, what significant events happened in Antioch that make it important in the history of the church?
  • What are some differences between what it meant to be a Christian in Antioch (v. 26) and how we live as Christians today?
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  • In Acts 12, how does Herod Agrippa I strike out at the church?  How does the church respond?
  • Why do the believers praying for Peter struggle to believe the servant girl who says that he is at the door?  Have you ever prayed and then had trouble believing that God had responded?  Why might we have trouble believing that God answers our prayers?
  • Why did Saul change his name to Paul?
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  • Why were some Jewish leaders upset about Paul’s message in Pisidian Antioch while the Gentiles were thrilled (Acts 13:45-50)?  How can the openness of your Christian community increase?
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The outer wall of the church built over the remains of the synagogue where Paul preached in Pisidian Antioch. (Photo by Peter Blankenship.) <br />This work is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License</a>.

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  • Why did the people of Lystra think Paul and Barnabas were gods?
  • What’s the discussion in Jerusalem about in Acts 15?  What is the decision of the Jerusalem Council?  How is disagreement dealt with and what can we learn from that?
  • What’s a major difference between Paul’s 1st and 2nd missionary journeys?
  • Who were Timothy’s parents?  According to Deuteronomy 23:2, what did this mean for Timothy?
  • After becoming Paul’s disciple, what is Timothy doing the next time we read about him?
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