Resurrection and Boldness: Our Path to Restoration
Topic: Discouragement Scripture: Acts 3:1–4:31
Community Group Questions:
- The healing of the lame man was a sign that pointed to the resurrection of Jesus. Where in your own life might you need to be reminded that Jesus has defeated death and sits on the throne?
- In what ways have you experienced “times of refreshment”? How can you cultivate those times, so that they are not random but expected?
Engage the Text:
- In Acts 3:4 we see Peter and John directing their “gaze” at this poor beggar. What about this verse is challenging to your own views of the poor and marginalized?
- Count how many times the words “rise”, “raised”, “glorify” and “resurrection” show up in our text. Why might this be significant in understanding the nature of this healing, and how does this offer us hope amid the difficulties of this life?
Engage your Neighbor:
- In Acts 3:9 it says that “all the people saw him walking and praising God”. How might this challenge our view of how we are to live out our Christian life in public?
- What about Acts 4:21 is encouraging to you? What about it is challenging? Explain.
Engage your Family:
- What are things, people or activities that make you feel better when you’re having a bad day? Have you ever taken time to thank God for them?
- Read James 1:17 – “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (NIV). Share with your family that those good things that help us through the hard stuff comes from God who loves us.