4: The First Church Leaders – Lesson Outline

Key Thought: God has been and is concerned that His purposes for His people are made known and fulfilled.

July 28, 2018

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 6: 2-6.

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. How were the seven chosen and commissioned to service?
  3. Personal Application: How do we keep peace among ourselves when dissention arises in the church? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “What is the role of the deacon today? Are the pastors and elders to be so busy praying, visiting, and sharing the gospel that they shouldn’t have time to do the deacon’s work in the church?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Acts 7:48-53.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
  2. How can we be sure we are not just protecting what we have instead of reaching out to the world?
  3. Personal Application: When was the last time you needed to take a firm and uncompromising stand for the truth? Did you, or did you waffle? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your friends states, “I don’t think we should make accusations like Stephen did, calling the people stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ear, telling them they had received the law but didn’t keep it. That seems harsh to me. By doing that, they killed him. So it was partially his fault for being persecuted.” How would you reply to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Acts 7: 59 – 8: 2..

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. Were there any positives to the persecution that scattered the Christians out of Jerusalem?
  3. Personal Application: When was the last time you had someone angry at you and ready to assault you? Did you pray for them and ask God to forgive them, or did you get angry too? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Why would Stephen tell them they had persecuted the prophets and then pray for them when they were stoning him? I wouldn’t pray for someone trying to kill me because I am a Christian or for any other reason.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Acts 8:18-25..

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. Why are there so many people that want to use the church or Christianity to further their own power-seeking or personal goals?
  3. Personal Application: Is there a danger of people using the church to make money for themselves or for other advantages? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 148).

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