Today is Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017. Today, we continue our Autumn series through the book of Acts. In today’s passage, we get to witness some powerful works of the Holy Spirit. Consider Where the Holy Spirit has been prompting you in your life. I hope that this passage will be an encouragement to you today. - Peter
CONNECT(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever seen God work in a powerful way? Perhaps in a way you were not expecting?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Acts 9:32-43]+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
_ What does Peter tell Aeneas? Whose name does Peter heal in?
_ How did Aeneas “get up”?
_ What was the effect of Peter healing Aeneas in the town?
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.
_ What do we know about Tabitha’s character? What did she mean to those in Joppa?
_ Why does Peter send everyone from the room?
_ What was the effect of the resurrection in Joppa?
_ What does this passage teach us about the power of the Holy Spirit? What is our role in that?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Where is one area of your life that you believe the Holy Spirit is prompting you to take action? How can you be obedient to this prompting today?
_ We repeatedly see instances of a mighty work of the Holy Spirit followed by belief in Jesus. Who could your obedience have an effect on?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?