Small Group Questions on Acts 16:16-40

posted by Bethel Group Life | Mar 19, 2023

Ice Breaker

 Have you ever been the subject of false accusations or been caught up in an unjust situation?

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

  1. Why is Paul “greatly annoyed” in verse 18, even though the spirit in the girl was commending them? 

  2. What is the accusation against Paul and Silas in verse 20? Are these accusations true or false? 

  3. Paul and Silas were singing hymns in a difficult situation that had a lasting impact on the others around them (v. 25). How might we do things in our daily living that will impact those around us for the benefit of the Kingdom?

  4. In this story, Paul had the opportunity to flee his circumstances, but chose not to (v. 28). Why is that decision so remarkable? What do you think you would have done if you were Paul?

  5. Have you ever been in a situation where you did the right thing even when it would have been easier to do something else? Explain. 

  6. Paul and Silas treated the jailer with incredible grace. Describe a time when someone showed you kindness or mercy when you didn’t expect it or didn’t deserve it. What was that like?

  7. In verses 30-34 we once again see the connection between salvation and baptism. Have you been baptized as a believer? If so, share what that moment was like for you. If not, share why. 

  8. How does Paul’s insistence on his Roman citizenship help protect the new fellowship in Philippi (vv. 35-40)?

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