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Ghost Series Resources

Ghost fireAfter Jesus’ resurrection, the church exploded with power and effectiveness. But not right away. This change happened only after the Holy Spirit was given. What can the book of Acts teach us about the third member of the Trinity? How does the Holy Spirit work in our lives today? How can we better receive the Spirit’s power and guidance in our lives?
“Who is the Holy Spirit: ‘The Holy Spirit is God, everywhere present and powerful, working in us, in the church, and in the world.’” See John 15:26

Acts 1:1-9 – Power to Witness (Click to Listen to the Sermon)

Group Discussion Questions:

Group Icebreaker Idea: “Two truths and a lie.” To get to know others in the group, have everyone share two things about themselves that are true, and one thing that is not true. Invite other group members to guess which item is not true.

Read Acts 1:1-11
When the disciples ask Jesus if he is going to “restore the kingdom to Israel” (Acts 1:6) he responds by sending them out to the whole world. This is his last act on earth. What do you find significant about this being Jesus’ last act?

What is the source of the power given to the disciples? (See v 8)

Jesus said “you will be my witnesses…” Courtroom imagery is not uncommon in Scripture. What does it mean to be a witness?

Jerusalem was a cultural center, Judea was the province surrounding Jerusalem, Samaria was a place considered to be unclean, and the ends of the earth extend even further out.
Spend some time defining what these areas are in our world. What does it mean to be a witness of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, in each of these settings? Where is Jerusalem, Samaria and the ends of the earth for us today?

What is a time when you have felt a measure of Holy Spirit power to share your faith with someone?

What are you asking the Holy Spirit to give you extra power for this week?


Acts 2:1-21 – Power for Dreams (Click to Listen to the Sermon)

 

Group Discussion Questions:

Icebreaker Question: What might be your ideal “dream job?”

Read Acts 2:1-21. What happened to the people at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit filled them? How did this event bring people together?

Read Genesis 1:1-11. Compare what happened at Babel to what happened at Pentecost. How many ways can you list how Pentecost is the opposite of Babel?

When people are filled with the Spirit, who is included in the response? (Hint: See also vs 17-21)

If both sons and daughters prophecy – what might that mean for gender relations?
If young men see visions and old men dream dreams – what might that mean for intergenerational relations?

What does it mean to you that everyone, all nations, languages, ages, genders, are included in the Holy Spirit’s work?

Is there a dream or vision that the Holy Spirit might be placing on your heart?


Acts 4:23-31 – Power for Boldness (Click to Listen to the Sermon)

 

Group Discussion Questions:

Icebreaker Question: What’s one of the craziest things you have ever done?

Read Acts 4:1-21. What did Peter and John get in trouble for? What was the “sign” they had performed? (See also Acts 3) What was at risk if they didn’t do what the authorities were telling them to do?
Read Acts 4:23-31. What did the disciples pray for? Why do you think they didn’t pray for protection instead? What do you think you would pray for if you were in a similar situation?

When is a time you have heard the Word of God spoken so boldly you were ‘shaken’?
Can you think of a time when you wished you had been more bold?
What is an area of your life that you are asking God for greater boldness in?

 


Acts 6:1-7 – Power for Service (Click to Listen to the Sermon)

Group Discussion Questions:

 

Icebreaker Question: When have you felt like an “outsider?” What was that like?

Read Acts 6:1. What was the surface issue causing tension? What issue(s) “under the surface” are suggested by this? Does it surprise you that in the early church, even under that strong influence of the Holy Spirit, that these kinds of things still happened? What insight(s) might this suggest for us when we face dysfunction in the church today?

Read Acts 6:2-6. What was the decision-making process followed? (Make a step by step chart.) What might this teach us about healthy congregational decision-making? Why do you think the whole congregation was involved in the process – not just the apostles? What does this teach us about that need for various ministry “roles” within the church? Why would it have been a bad idea to have the apostles wait on tables? Study the names of the people elected to serve – what might their names tell us about the team that was formed?

Read Acts 6:7. What happened as a result of this good decision? How have you seen bad organizational decisions hurt a church’s ministry? How have you seen good organization help?

What cultural divides do we face in the church today?

What is a challenge today that you long to see the church address? What do you think is the best way to address it?