Sermon Summary & Discussion Questions: "Deja Vu All Over Again"

OVERVIEW OF SERMON:
Acts 5:12-42 follows a familiar pattern—the apostles do signs and wonders, then courageously face up to persecution from the religious leaders. We learn from this text that the gospel picks up opposition as it picks up momentum. We see how those without the Spirit oppose the gospel with jealousy and rage. In contrast, those with the Spirit suffer for the gospel with courage and joy.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Steve pointed out the names the apostles use for Christ in v. 31 – “Leader and Savior.” How do these names of Christ give you new reasons to thank and praise him?
  2. Cornelius Plantinga says, “…an envier has empty hands and therefore wants to empty the hands of the envied.” How did God use this sermon to convict you of envy and call you to the satisfaction that He alone offers?
  3. Unlike the jealous Pharisees, the Christian should be “content to be outshone by others” (Thomas Watson). Where have you seen examples of this attitude and lack of envy in our church?
  4. What are you afraid of right now (i.e. suffering for the gospel, suffering in general, current events, the future, etc.)? How did this passage give you courage?
  5. We have learned throughout our study of Acts that the gospel is unstoppable and that salvation is the greatest miracle of all. How does this truth specifically give you hope to preach the gospel to a particular unbeliever in your life?