Share about a time when God called you to do something that really stretched you.
General Study Questions
How does this passage fit into the book as a whole?
How does it flow from the previous section of the text?
What in the passage stands out to you?
How does this passage minister to its original audience?
How does this text minister to us today?
Is there a sin to confess?
Is there a cause for thanksgiving or praise to God?
Is there a promise or truth to trust in?
Is there an attitude to change?
Is there a command to obey or an example to imitate?
Is there anything confusing or hard to understand about the passage?
How is the Gospel present in this passage?
What is the single, main point of the passage?
How would you apply this passage to your life?
Text Specific Questions
Who are “they” in verse 9? Where are they headed? Briefly review verses 1-8 from last week to get yourself immersed into the story again.
In verse 9, we see Peter going off to pray. Do you have a regular rhythm of prayer in your life? When and where do you typically pray?
How many times was Peter’s vision repeated? Why is this number significant? Why do you think one time wasn’t enough?
Briefly skim through Leviticus 11. Why did Peter protest the Lord’s command in Acts 10:14?
One of the characteristics of God is that He is immutable - He doesn’t change. How do you reconcile the commands He gives in Leviticus 11 with the command He gives Peter in Acts 10:13?
What was Peter’s response to the vision? Have you ever had a similar response when reading God’s word? How do you deal with that?
Peter makes it clear he saw the Gentiles as unclean and would never associate with them. However, now God had taught him to not call any person unclean (v. 28). Are there people the church would consider unclean today, people that we should never be seen with? How does this passage challenge that view?
Notice that throughout all of chapter 10 God is the one who is pursuing the Gentiles. At the same time, God is also using people to make sure the Gentiles are reached. God is not done pursuing lost people, and he uses people like us to reach them. Who is God calling you to reach? What next step do you need to take to reach out to that person or those people?