Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
I am worn out waiting for your rescue,
but I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:81
I have put my hope in Your word!!! I think we need to say this over and over throughout our day. It should become my mantra…oh, yeah…it already is my mantra! I have put my hope in Your word! I have put my hope in Your word! My hope is in You and in Your word!
There is no better place to put our hope than in God and in His word! Believe me, He is our hope…He is our light…He is our salvation…He is all that we will ever need in this world. Just place your hope in Him and the best way to start…is by going to His word and see how He has proven that He can be trusted with your hope.
What can we learn about putting our hope in Him in today’s reading assignment…open your bibles and read Acts 15-16.
“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” Acts 15:25-28 (Friends, does a massive earthquake and a prison shaken to its foundations and prison doors thrown open give you a reason to place your hope in Him?)
Study Questions for Acts 15 –
The Disagreement (1-4)
Who would come down from Jerusalem and teach about the need to be circumcised? Where would they get this idea? (Gen. 17:9-14) What covenant was God talking about in Genesis and at what time in Abraham’s life did he give it? Is this or at least this type of thing still an issue today? Why or why not?
Who disagreed with the men from Jerusalem? What was decided? What did they do on their way and at Jerusalem? What was the response to the news?
Peter’s and James’ Insight (5-21)
What happened during Paul’s report? (5) What incident was Peter referring to in verses 6-9? (10:1-11:18) How did Peter describe the Messianic Pharisees’ demands? (10)
How is a person saved? (11) What does this mean about what God considers righteous? (Rom. 2:17-29, 3:21-31, 4:9-12, 1 Cor. 7:18, Gal. 6:12-13) What fact did Paul and Barnabas add to Peter’s history lesson? (12)
How did James describe the Gentile believers? (13-14)
How did David’s tent fall? What does this have to do with Gentile believers? Think about what happened during and after David’s son, Solomon’s reign. How is Jesus, the son of David key to rebuilding David’s fallen tent?
What was James’ conclusion? (19-20) What do you think he meant by bringing up the fact that Moses is read in every synagogue? (21)
The Return to Antioch (22-35)
Why was it so important for elders to be sent with Paul and Barnabas? What is significant about calling the Gentile believers brothers? (23)
What did the apostles have to say about the men who started the disagreement even though there was some still in Jerusalem? How did the apostles acknowledge Paul and Barnabas?
What are the only restrictions placed on the new Gentile believers? Why only these? What was the response? What does this say about the freedom of life when we live by the Holy Spirit’s leading?
How long has it been estimated that Paul and Barnabas knew each other and worked together? (9:26-27) What did they agree to do? (36)
What problem arose? (37-38) How do we know that this wasn’t a small thing? (39-41) What does this tell us about how God works inspite of our weaknesses? When’s the next time we hear of Mark? (Col. 4:10, 2 Tim. 4:11, Phm. 1:24)
“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.” Acts 16:24-26 (He Himself gives live and breath to everything, AND He satisfies every need!!! Hope for our day??? I would say…YES and Amen!!!)
The Gospel Spreads (1-15)
Who did Paul meet as he began his travels? What did he have Timothy do? Why? How does this differ from what the letter they delivered said? What does it show about Paul’s desire for his Jewish brothers?
Where did they travel? Where and why? See map showing these providence’s locations. What was the only direction left?
How did the vision confirm where the Lord was having them go? Why do you think Paul needed to see this vision? (15:36) What does this tell us about the Lord’s desire and way of working?
Where did they end up? What did they do on the Sabbath? How was this different that what Paul had been doing?
Who did they meet? What happened? Why do you think Paul agreed to go with Lydia?
Continual Opposition (16-40)
What does verse 16 tell us about Paul’s new habit? What did the spirit say? Why do you think Paul was troubled by it? (Mk. 3:11-12) Consider the way a person is saved.
What accusation was thrown against them? (19-21) Why do you think the crowd got involved? What was the real reason they suffered? (9:16)
What was Paul and Silas doing in jail? How were they set free? What was the result? What did the jailer experience? (34) How did Paul use his Roman citizenship?