Have each person write a 1-2 sentence summary of the Gospel. Compare your answers. What essential components did you all include? Are there any essential components that were left out?
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
Review the context of the passage. What is the book of Acts all about? What are some things that have happened in Acts before this story? More specifically, what has led to Peter preaching to the Gentiles in this passage?
What were some of the reasons the early church was so hesitant to take the Gospel to the Gentiles? Are there similar attitudes in the church today that keep us from taking the Gospel to certain people?
What are the implications for us that God shows no partiality? Why is this a good thing? How should we respond?
According to verse 35, what two things are acceptable to God? Do you do those two things? Explain.
How would you explain the good news to someone who hadn’t heard it before? Read Peter’s explanation of the good news in verses 36-43. Compare and contrast your explanation with Peter’s. Did he include something you would leave out? Would you include something he left out?
Why were the Jewish believers so amazed in verse 45? What was truly amazing about this?
What is the significance of tongues in this passage? Does this imply that all believers are meant to speak in tongues? Why or why not?
Have you been filled with the Holy Spirit? Have you been baptized? Why or why not?
Why did Cornelius ask Peter to remain with them for some days? What do you think Peter did during that time? How should we, as a church, respond to new Christians?