Weekly Sermon Questions

Questions for the Week of May 2, 2021

  1. Share two situations; one in which you felt like an ‘outsider’ and one in which you felt like an ‘insider’.
  2. Read Acts 8:26-40. What do we learn about Philip from this opening scene? How do Acts 6:3-6 and Acts 8:1-5 add depth to our understanding of Philip?
  3. What do we learn about the Ethiopian in Acts 8:27-28, and how might he have fared at the Jerusalem temple if Deuteronomy 23:1 was still in force?
  4. How might have Philip been feeling in Acts 8:29? How did Acts 8:30-31 change his mood?
  5. As Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch discussed Isaiah 53 in the chariot, who felt like an insider and who felt like an outsider? What might have been some of the different factors in play; the landscape, the physical space of the chariot, the text, the languages, the sights and smells?
  6. Reading Acts 8:32-35, how might you explain the good news about Jesus starting from that Scripture? What is not in this Acts passage that you might also want to refer to?
  7. How would you explain the significance of baptism? In what sense does it make us insiders?
  8. What would help you experience or re-experience the joy of salvation as demonstrated by Philip and the Ethiopian in this story?