The Generous Church

The Generous Church

When you think of a church what comes to mind? Maybe it is a building that you go to weekly to worship with other believers. Maybe you think of a group of believers in Acts that turned the world upside down after Jesus’ the day of Pentecost. Maybe you think of a group of people that gather in a home and study the Bible together.

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Following Paul’s Example – Bible Study Guide

A Generous Life

Week 1 – Following Paul’s Example

Bible Study Guide

Pray: Begin this time in prayer, confessing any sins you can recall, thanking the Lord for the gift of His Word, and asking for His Spirit to guide your study.

MEMORIZE: Acts 20:35 – Write it out to get your memorization started.

OBSERVE: Acts 20:17-35

  1. Write down any observations you have in this passage (i.e. people, places, repeated words, key terms, etc.).
  1. List the ways Paul lived his life as an example for the church leaders to follow.

Interpret: Acts 20:17-35

  1. Paul says in verse 18 that he “lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia.” Why does Paul make it a point to stress that he lived among them?
  1. What does Paul mean by verse 24 when he says that he does not give value to his life? In what does Paul see the value for his life?
  1. Read Ezekiel 33:1-6. How does this relate to Paul’s words in verse 26? How is Paul “innocent of the blood of all”?
  1. Paul points out in verse 33 that he lived a life free from coveting things. Why is coveting someone else things such a bad thing? (see Exodus 20:17, Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5)
  1. Paul mentions in verse 35 that Jesus says “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” How does this compare to Jesus’ outlining a person who is blessed in Matthew 5:3-12?

Apply: Acts 20:17-35

  1. Why do you think God “gave” His Son? What did the Son give? Was it a willing gift?
  1. What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s sermon?
  1. What is the best way to “help the weak”? List one way you can do that this week.