Questions for Reflection for Study of Acts 16-18

The last few weeks were spent in the Book of Acts 13-15. The church was growing fast and they faced opposition. As Paul set out on his first missionary journey to share the Good News, disagreements occurred as to how a person is saved. The church leaders wrote out a plan to handle these disagreements. As we go on our missionary journey through life, we face the same challenges so I wrote this poem to inspire us along this journey.

Worship, fast, and pray;
get a spiritual refill
in order to take action
on God’s perfect will.
 
Have the courage to stand up
against those that oppose
by being filled with faith
so that confidence grows.
 
Make the Word a part
of who you are
and what you do
so you can go far.
 
Others pick up on it
and desire this power
for their lives so they
never ever cower.
 
Share the Good News
and keep an open door
so they will come;
enthused to hear more.
 
Keep on going
and never give up
for some will wish to 
cause a shakeup.
 
Some will wish
to believe in idols
but there is only ONE
true God in the Bible.
 
Overcome the enemy
by simplifying and unifying;
being a follower of Christ
who helps in our applying.

Come to a decision
on any problem
by consulting the ONE
so very awesome.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-23-2016

The objective of any Bible study should be to not only learn the main principles of the Word but to keep the Word in our thoughts in order to apply them in our life. I will continue this objective with a study over the next few weeks of Acts 16-18. The aim is to plant the seeds of faith, hope, and love in order to yield fruit that nourishes others.

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 15:36-16:5
What causes sharp contention between Paul and Barnabas (See Verse 13:13)? Why do you think, do Paul and Barnabas choose to work with someone else rather than alone? How can you reconcile Paul’s action regarding Timothy with the decision of the apostles and elders in chapter 15?

Acts 16:6-10
What indicates that Luke probably joins Paul at this time? How is Paul guided to cross over from Asia into Europe with the gospel? In what ways does God guide you to the right places?

Acts 16:11-24
What kind of place is Philippi? Does doing the will of God necessarily exclude trouble? How do Paul and Silas respond to the discouraging circumstances of verse 22-24? How can God advance the gospel through your troubles?

Acts 17:1-15
What is Paul’s method of teaching? What is the result of his teaching? What ideas do you have for making Christ known to others?

Acts 17:1-15
What different kinds of people does Paul meet in Athens? What are their interests and beliefs (contrast the Epicurean and Stoic philosophies)?

Acts 18:1-11
How does God lead Paul in Corinth with regard to housing, activity, and length of stay?  Do you seek God’s guidance in these areas of life? In what ways have you experienced God’s protection from opposition?

Acts 18:12-28
Of what do the Jews accuse Paul? What gifts does Apollos have? What does Apollos do with his new knowledge? What do you do with the enlarged understanding you receive about God?

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.

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
Image Source

 

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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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2 Responses to Questions for Reflection for Study of Acts 16-18

  1. These questions are so great! Love reading what you got out of the reading. It is so inspiring for me to read 🙂 I will have these questions in mind next time I read Acts myself.

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