Describe a time when God spoke clearly to 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
Why do you think the Holy Spirit prevented Paul and his companions from speaking the word in Asia and going into Bithynia?
Have you ever had an experience where you were trying to follow the will of God but kept running into roadblocks or shut doors? How did you respond?
Notice how the point of view shifts in verse 10 from third person to first person. Who is the “we” in verse 10? Why does it switch to first person here, and only briefly?
In verse 10, how soon after seeing the vision do the disciples act? When God asks you to do something, how quick are you to respond? What does this reveal about your heart?
In many of Paul’s missionary journeys, he first preached in the synagogues. Where did he go to preach in Philippi? Why do you think he did this?
What act of hospitality did Lydia extend to the disciples after her baptism? What are some practical ways we can extend hospitality to those engaged in missions?
Lydia is an example of how we should respond to the Gospel. She is baptized, she shares the Gospel with those at her house, and willingly offers her house and resources to help the church flourish. Have you responded to the Gospel by being baptized, sharing your faith, and being generous? Is there a next step of faith you need to take, having seen this incredible example?
Throughout this passage we see God closing some doors but opening others. How do you discern where God is leading you and not leading you?