Grace UMC prepares for Sunday worship by reading the scripture for the coming Sunday’s sermon. Below, you fill find questions that can be used for Bible Study, small groups or personal devotion. Let the scripture speak in to your life! Expect great things!
Kind and gracious Lord, you are the creator of all things, the author of life, and our loving God. We thank you for your faithful presence in our lives, and we thank you for Your Word.
As we prepare to study together, we ask you to open our hearts and minds so we can hear what you long to speak to us. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
Scripture: Acts 2:1-4 (Common English Bible)
1 When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Pentecost is the celebration of the birth of the church, when believers of different cultures and languages were filled with the Holy Spirit and became one in the Lord. The church’s faith was born through the fire of the Holy Spirit. Every believer wants to grow in faith. Pentecost shows us that faith grows through fire!
On the birthday of the church, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. The church today must stay filled with fire!
- What is a word, phrase or image that comes to mind when you read or hear the text?
- Fifty Days after Jesus’ resurrection, the church was born! The Holy Spirit came and filled the house where the disciples were and they “seemed to be individual flames of fire.” The disciples were able to speak in new languages and they understood one another. What do you think is the significance of fire in this passage? Why do you think “fire” represents about the Holy Spirit?
- What does this scripture teach you about the Holy Spirit?
- What does God invite you to do, change or be through this passage?
Discipleship Huddle Questions:
- How is it with your soul?
- How does your soul prosper?
God who continues to open hearts and minds, we confess that too often we have crowded out your voice, being too attentive to the many noises that bombard us. Break our hearts to hear your voice and to hear the hurts and cries of those around us. Empower us to be your faithful witnesses in our homes and in all the encounters we face. Amen.