FAITHFUL DISCIPLES/LOOKING FOR HELP/AMAZING HELP
Study Date: 18 Feb 18
Scripture: Acts 9: 32-43
Biblical Date: A.D. 35
Key Verse: “Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed: and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.” (Acts 9: 40)
- To understand the culture of the early church.
- To appreciate the positon of Dorcas, the mourners, and Peter in the early Church.
- To serve God faithfully as his disciples.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
1 Kings 1: 17-24; Luke 7: 1-17; James 1: 22-27; Acts 5: 12-16; Acts 8: 4-8; Acts 9: 32-35.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Flee— to take flight, to seek safety.
Godless Chatter—empty disputing, worthless babble; babbling.
Paul formerly Saul—servant of God who met Jesus on the Damascus road, missionary , church planter.
Pontius—governor of Judea, weak and indecisive leader.
Pursue—following after, pressing forward.
Timothy—spiritual son of Paul, trusted assistant, mentee of Paul.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
What does the term “friend” mean?
What does it mean to be a “disciple?
How is faithful related to being a disciple?
What are some of the things that contribute to the growth of the church?
Are church members loyal to the congregation where they claim membership?
Where does the idea of thinking of one’s self first come from?
How does an independent spirit relate to being a disciple of God?
What is the significance of being members of the same family of God?
THE SEED FAITHFUL DISCIPLES/LOOKING FOR HELP/AMAZING HELP Acts 8: 32-43
- Death of a Dear Disciple (Acts 9: 36-38)
- Tabitha was a disciples at Joppa.
- She was full of good works and deeds.
- She took sick and died
- Her prepared body was laid out.
- Other disciples heard about it and sent two men to Peter to come without delay.
- Prayer Changes Things (Acts 9: 39-40)
- Peter went to Lydda’s upper room where the widows cried.
- They shared what Dorcas had made.
- Peter put everybody out and revived Tabitha.
- Proof of God’s Power (Acts 9: 41-43)
- Peter lifted Tabitha up and presented her to the people.
- Word spread about this miracle and many believed.
- Peter stayed there many days at Simon’s the Tanner’s house.
PLANTING THE SEED
What two people does this text begin with and where are they?
What was Dorcas’ reputation among the people of Joppa?
What happened to her that caused them sorrow?
To whom did the people reach out to for help?
How did word get to Peter about Dorcas?
How did Peter know what she meant to the people?
What did Peter do that Jesus had demonstrated?
Why is prayer so important before acting on behalf of God?
What happened after Peter prayed?
How did Joppa respond to what happened?
Where did Peter stay and why?
NURTURING THE SEED
Who do you know that has made a positive difference for Christ’s sake?
What encouragement have you experienced to act for God?
What is the purpose of Spiritual Gifts?
What do we learn from Tabitha about spiritual gifts?
How can we as believers help others spiritually today?
How can we avoid adding to the burden others have?
What purpose did God achieve by the bringing back of Tabitha?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
Believers can be great blessings to their communities by sharing Christ.
We need to be people of faith with a testimony.
Even those who are disciples and believers die.
Active faith leaves a lasting impression.
Those seeking peace and comfort are attracted to active faith.
God works through those who submit and are available to be used in faith.
We must always rely on the power of God to do spiritual work.
God still uses those who believe He bring life in the midst of death.
God works through human instruments.
God’s people are called to make His truth known to all who will hear.
Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
Death has no control on those who believe in the saving work of the cross by Jesus.
Faithful and humble servants will be used by God greatly.
Submit to God and He will use you in His service to others.