Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pursuing Encouragement and Healing: Acts 9

Read Acts 9:32-43.

What is your favorite verse in this passage? Why?

What questions do you have after reading this passage?

Verse 32 says, "Peter went here and there among them all"(ESV). Have those in the group with other translations read their versions as well. Why do you think Peter was traveling around like this? What do you think he was doing in each of these places?

Why is it important for Christians to cultivate relationships with other Christians? How have you been encouraged recently because of your relationship with another Christian?

Peter actively pursued these relationships. What kinds of activities can people do in today's world to actively pursue relationships?

Which of the two healings in theses verses do you like best? Why?

In verse 34, Peter says, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you." In verse 40, he prays before bringing Dorcas back to life. Is there any connection between these two verses? (how is Jesus central in both healings?)

If you could bring "healing" to one person in your life right now, who would it be? How might Jesus be able to help bring healing? How can you leverage your relationship to bring some kind of healing?

How can simple encouragement from a friend sometimes be a healing gesture?

Take a minute and have everyone in the group give an encouraging statement to someone else in the group.

What relationships will you actively pursue this week so that you can bring encouragement and healing? What specific steps will you take so that this will happen?

How can the group pray for you?

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