Community of Faith Study Guide
“Some Christians try to go to heaven alone, in solitude. But believers are not compared to bears or lions or other animals that wander alone. Those who belong to Christ are sheep in this respect, that they love to get together. Sheep go in flocks, and so do God’s people.” – Charles Spurgeon
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
What four things did the church in Acts continue to do according to this passage?
– What things happened as a result of the church doing these four things?
Of these four things, what are you doing regularly and what are you not doing regularly?
– According to verse 46, the church met together regularly in what two ways?
Why do you think it was so important to them to meet all together in the temple and from house to house in small groups?
– Are you signed up for any church small groups this semester?
– If not, how do you think you are personally following this biblical model given to us in verse 46?
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
What are we encouraged to do in verse 24?
– Why do you think we would be encouraged to do this?
What are we told we need to do in verse 25?
– We are instructed to meet together so much more as we see the Day of Christ’s return approaching.
– Why do you think the answer to being prepared for Christ’s return would be to meet together more?
9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
What does verse 9 tell us about the value of being in good relationships?
– What will happen to the person who is not if they fall?
Who is warned in verse 10? Why?
Verse 12 tells us that by ourselves we are unprotected. In what ways do you think we are we spiritually unprotected when we are by ourselves?
According to verse 12, why is it so important to be in close godly friendships and partnerships?
– Do you have these types of relationships in your life?
Think about a time when you walked through a difficult season on your own.
– How do you believe the support of a small group would have impacted the way you walked through that season?
14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
According to this verse, what happens to us when we don’t have access to wise advice from godly people in our lives?
– So how do we ensure safety for ourselves?
What are some of the common pitfalls that could be in our paths as believers that cause us to stumble?
– How do you think others help us to avoid these pitfalls?
– Why is protecting each other so important?
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
What does Jesus pray for us to be in verse 21?
– According to the same verse, why does He pray this?
How do you think being in close unity and relationship as believers affects the world believing in Jesus?
– What do you think are some practical ways that we are able to do more for God together than alone?
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