Bible Readings for August 1-7

Luke 23

Why do you think Jesus did not just come right out and answer all of Pilate’s (and other’s) questions, explaining what all was really going on?

Although Pilate wants to release Jesus, the crowd demanded him to be crucified. What was it that made the crowd so against Jesus?

If you knew nothing about Jesus, but ended up at his crucifixion, how do you think you would have responded?

Luke 24

Even after all Jesus told his disciples about his being crucified and rising again, they still seemed unaware of any of those conversations. Why do you think the disciples had such a hard time remembering and believing what Jesus said to them?

Why was it necessary for Jesus to “suffer these things?”

When Jesus appears to his disciples, in the closed room, he asks them: “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Had we heard their responses, what do you think they would have said?

What troubles and doubts do you have in your own life? How does Jesus’ resurrection change those doubts?

Acts 1

What connections do you find between Luke 24 and Acts 1?

Why was it important for the disciples to remain in Jerusalem? What would have happened if those had chosen not to do so?

Acts 2

How do you think you would have responded if you had been with the disciples at Pentecost? How do you think you would have responded if you just happened upon the event and witnessed what was going on?

Why was it so difficult for the people at Pentecost—disciples included—to understand the full significance of what was going on?

When you think about God giving his Spirit to us today, what sort of things come to mind? How does this compare to what we read about in Acts 2?

Is your experience of church community similar or different than the description of community we find in Acts 2.42-47? What from this list is most like your community? What is most different? How can we work to ensure our community looks more like what we see here?

Acts 3

Why might a beggar be looking for silver and gold more than they might be looking for what Peter and John were handing out?

In what ways have you seen God do amazing things that astound people and result in people giving him praise?

How often do we take these moments for granted? How often do we take them as an opportunity to share the story of Jesus with others?

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