Study Guide: Acts of the Apostles

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Lesson 20

Reading: The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 389-418; Acts 20:4-23:35

1. List the reasons why Paul wanted to return to Jerusalem for the Passover (389:1).
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2. How did the Jews regard Paul’s teaching, and what were they determined to do about it (389:2-390:1)?
 
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3. Which day was Paul’s final day in Troas, and why did the believers gather together (391:2; Acts 20:7-12)?
 
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4. If the believers gathered on the first day of the week and Paul preached until midnight, according to Western calculations when was the meeting held?

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5. What had the Holy Spirit revealed about Paul’s stay in Jerusalem, and how was this message later confirmed (396:2; Acts 20:22, 23; 21:10-12)?
 
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6. What dangers were to come to the church at Ephesus after Paul’s death (395:1)?
 
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7. Why had the wrath of the whole Jewish nation turned upon Paul (390:1; 397:5-398:2).
 
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8. Explain the attitude of some in Jerusalem toward Paul when he finally presented the contributions of their Gentile brethren (399:1-400:1).
 
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9. What was the underlying cause behind the opposition that Paul met in Jerusalem (401:1, 2)?
 
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10. What golden opportunity was missed by the leaders of the church in Jerusalem (402:3-403:1)?
 
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11. Why did the leaders in Jerusalem suggest a compromise to Paul (404:1-405:0)?
 
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12. Why did Paul agree to the compromise, and what was the result (405:1-406:0)?
 
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13. Who “blew the whistle” on Paul (406:2)?
 
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14. In the wild excitement that followed, what charges were hurled against him (406:3-407:0)?
 
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15. List three things Paul anguished over when he was alone again in his cell (412:2-413:0)?
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16. How did comfort come to Paul in his lonely cell, and, in the meantime, what were his enemies doing (413:1, 3-414:1)?
 
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17. How did God look upon the leaders of the church in Jerusalem who opposed the work of Paul (416:2-417:2)?
 
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18. What similarity exists between Paul’s experience and the experience of some in the church today (417:3-418:1)?
 
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Thought Question: How can Christians today prevent a repetition of Paul’s experience with those who opposed him in Jerusalem?

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