1. We began by reading & talking about Acts 28:16-22.
A: Throughout Acts we see that Paul consistently faces opposition, so when he arrives in Rome he is intentional to meet with the Jewish leadership quickly. Rather than dodging this moment & conversation, Paul initiates it. How does this serve as a model for us in the way we handle ourselves as Christians in potentially difficult conversations?
B: In v. 20, Paul makes it clear that he believes that there is a true, “hope of Israel”, that has been realized in the person & work of Jesus Christ. Even while in chains, Paul maintains this conviction. What are ways we are tempted to move away from our convictions or confidence in the gospel due to circumstances?
C: What helps a person increase in their conviction for the things of the Lord?
D: We also see in v. 20 that Paul believes his imprisonment & all that took place to get him to Rome has happened for the sake of the gospel. What is the difference between living as if your own convenience & comfort is the end goal versus living as if God’s glory & gospel advancement is the end goal? What changes?
2. We then read & talked Acts 28:23-28.
A: With this large crowd, we see that Paul uses the opportunity before him to make God known & speak the gospel. We then heard a list of ways throughout Acts that faithful followers leveraged moments of opportunity to make God known & speak the gospel…so what are ways you can leverage opportunities to do the same?
B: In this section we also read that Paul uses the Scriptures to point to Jesus as the Christ. How can we more consistently devour & know the Scriptures well enough to use the Scriptures when talking with others?
C: Despite all that Paul had shared, we read in v. 24 that some believe & others don’t. It was said on Sunday that this helps us to see that people are not saved by your brilliance or their own brilliance, but by God’s grace. How does believing this encourage us to pray all the more for the lost?
3. We ended by reading from Acts 28:30-31.
A: We heard on Sunday that between Luke/Acts, Luke wrote nearly 40% of the New Testament in terms of words. Have you ever taken time to read Luke/Acts as two books connected? What happens when you see them as communicating one major story?
B: In Acts we see that the gospel is advancing in very real ways: moving from Jerusalem in Acts 1 all the way to Rome in Acts 28. What are ways we seeing the gospel moving forward today?
C: We ended with a call to see that we are now a part of the mission of God to advance the gospel of God & His grace among all nations. So how can you be a part of the ongoing mission: both in regular, mundane ways (day to day, weekly, etc) & in grander ways (one-time, once a year, etc)?