Questions for Reflection for Study of Acts 10-12

When constantly relying on God’s guidance, the challenges in life are handled victoriously on a regular bases. No matter what, if you live your life with faith, hope, and love, you come out on top because of the victory gained in Jesus Christ. Nothing can stop the Lord’s purpose so continue to give Him glory.

Over the last few weeks, we learned about the early church and how it was persecuted and scattered. History has a way of repeating itself but somehow we seem to not learn the lessons of the past. As individuals and as a nation, the plan for the future has to line up with what God has laid out. It is only when it does that we are assured of positive results. So, this day, share with others God’s Plan for Us.

Many may read the scriptures and seek the Truth but still need to be shown the Way. When they ask questions and show an interest, it’s important that we take the opportunity to share with them about Jesus. Like Phillip did in the post Focused on Opportunities to Share, listen for instructions and take the initiative to follow.

Within Acts 9:1-31 was the passage about the conversion of Saul. Christ talks to Saul on the road to Damascus and restores his sight after being blind for three days. Saul went from being a persecutor of Christians to being their strongest advocate. That’s how God works; turning what seems to be the impossible into something that is possible.

Sometimes we face challenges in life that seem overwhelming. That’s when knowing that with God, everything is possible can keep us heading in a positive direction. We can pray about the challenge, make accurate decisions, gain momentum, and meet the challenge head on.

In the post Healing Power, I wrote about Peter receiving the power through Christ to heal a paralytic man named Aeneas and bringing a disciple named Dorcas back to life. The amazing power of God was made known and many turned to the Lord.

As the journey now continues through Acts 10-12 over the next few weeks, remember that the greatest miracle of all is eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. We serve an awesome God!

I invite you to join me over the next few weeks as I step ahead using the questions below to inspire thoughts and ideas. God will give us the upper hand by producing in us the heart of a champion.

Acts 9:32-43
Why does God send an angel to Cornelius? How does God prepare Peter for his encounter with this gentile army officer? How do the events in this chapter further Christ’s purpose as expressed in Acts 1:8?

Acts 10:34-48
What difference does the vision of the unclean animals make in Peter’s personal contact with Cornelius? List the facts that Peter wants Cornelius to know about Jesus Christ. What must someone do to receive forgiveness of sin?

Acts 11:1-18
Who objects to Peter’s contact with the Gentiles? What did Peter do when confronted with the criticism? Can you discover from today’s passage a way to handle contention which can result in glorifying God?

Acts 11:19-30
How is the gospel spread? The churches at Antioch and Jerusalem aid one another. How is your church or group related to other churches or groups and how do you show love and concern for them? Think of people who have helped in your spiritual life. Could they use some prayers, encouragement, or even financial support?

Acts 12:1-19
What does Herod do to James and Peter? How does the church respond? When has an answered prayer surprised you? Do you expect God to do the things you pray for?

Acts 12:20-25
What kind of man is Herod (See Acts 12:1-19)? When you are in a position of leadership, how can you give God the glory? Does God still rule the lives of authorities? How does this affect your prayers?
 
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
 
When we accept Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit is our companion and it’s exciting to think about what the future holds. With God, we can get through anything, we can patiently grind it out during difficulties or give Him credit when the impossible is made possible. Beyond that, we can celebrate because of the victory we will always have with Him.

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times
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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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One Response to Questions for Reflection for Study of Acts 10-12

  1. evanlaar1922 says:

    Great post Mark – really enjoyed it!

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