NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow, May, 27. This guide will enable your follow-up of that morning’s sermon from Acts 2. You’ll find LIFE group discussion guides categorized each week here on my site under the category title “LIFE group guides.”
To celebrate our promise-making and promise-keeping God, who calls us to do the same with him.
When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak. …
Peter stood with the other eleven apostles. He raised his voice and declared, “Judeans and everyone living in Jerusalem! Know this! Listen carefully to my words! … this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel …
“Fellow Israelites, listen to these words! Jesus the Nazarene was a man whose credentials God proved to you through miracles, wonders, and signs, which God performed through him among you. You yourselves know this. In accordance with God’s established plan and foreknowledge, he was betrayed. You, with the help of wicked men, had Jesus killed by nailing him to a cross. God raised him up! God freed him from death’s dreadful grip, since it was impossible for death to hang on to him. …
“… Jesus, God raised up. We are all witnesses to that fact. He was exalted to God’s right side and received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit. He poured out this Spirit, and you are seeing and hearing the results of his having done so. …
“Therefore, let all Israel know beyond question that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
When the crowd heard this, they were deeply troubled. They said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
Peter replied, “Change your hearts and lives. Each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you, your children, and for all who are far away—as many as the Lord our God invites.” (Acts 2.1-4,14-16, 22-24,32-33,36-39 CEB)
Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.
1. Tell us of some great day in your life that you had looked forward to for a very long time.
2. Tell us about some almost unbelievable event in your life that took you completely by surprise.
These questions are meant to help us grapple with Scripture related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.
1. Read an OT account of the source of the annual feast known as Pentecost (Feast of Weeks) (cf. Deut. 16.9-12; Acts 2.1). In time, what did it come commemorate to the Jewish people?
2. Concerning the events of Christ’s passion, what did God do and what did people do (vs. 23-24)?
3. The Spirit is being poured out on people. Who is doing the pouring (vs. 32-33) and what does this say to you about the one doing the pouring (vs. 24,36)?
4. What are the commands in vs. 38? What are the promises in vs. 38? Who are they for (vs. 39)?
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.
1. What in this passage pierces, and bring conviction to, your heart? What encourages your heart?
2. How does making of promises in community, in others’ presence, affect your promise-keeping?
3. What sort of positive changes have you made in your life because you became a Christian?
4. How often does the fact that you’ve promised yourself to God, as a Christian, affect your actions?
5. Can you discern any pattern to what makes for your keeping or breaking promises? Explain.
6. How do you see the promises of this text affecting the way you’ll live before God this week?