Weekly outline

  • General

  • 24 July - 30 July

    Questions for Discussion
    • Question 1: How have you found it helpful to read Luke-Acts as one story?

    • Question 2: How have you found it helpful to read Acts in the context of the big story of Scripture?

    • Question 3: Can you give examples of reversal other than those given in the notes?

    • Question 4: How would you explain the role of Jerusalem in the story of Luke-Acts?
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  • 31 July - 6 August

    Questions for Discussion
    • Question 1: Why was the Book of Acts written?

    • Question 2: If Acts is neither a Gospel nor an Epistle, what kind of literature is it?

    • Question 3: Describe the life of the early church in Jerusalem in the first “panel” of Acts. Was it as idyllic as it is sometimes made out to be?

    • Question 4: How do you understand the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira? Why were they dealt with so severely?
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  • 7 August - 13 August

    Questions for Discussion
    • Question 1: If Jesus’ baptism with the Holy Spirit at the Jordan is paralleled by the church's experience at Pentecost, can the same be said of his baptism by fire?

    • Question 2: What is the significance of the gift of tongues at Pentecost?

    • Question 3: Was there more than one Pentecost in Acts? Or would it better to speak of repetitions of Pentecost or extensions of Pentecost once the gospel leaves Jerusalem?

    • Question 4: How do you understand the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the lives of people today?
  • 14 August - 20 August

    Questions for Discussion
    • Question 1: What are several of the recurring patterns of Paul's missionary activity that Acts 13-14 introduce?

    • Question 2: What was the major issue facing the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 and how was it resolved?

    • Question 3: In his preaching at Athens (Acts 17) how does Paul contextualize the gospel without compromising it?

    • Question 4: How do you account for the Pentecostal phenomena at Ephesus in Acts 19:1-7 if they were not some kind of “second blessing” experience?
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  • 21 August - 27 August

    Study Week

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  • 28 August - 3 September

    Questions for Discussion
    • Question 1 (6): We are also told that the original church at Jerusalem met both “in the temple courts” and “from house to house” (v 46). Does that mean that the church today should have both larger worship services and home groups? Is that the biblical pattern?

    • Question 2 (12): In chapter 6 the apostles vow to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word (v 4). Should the same priority apply to ministers and elders today?

    • Question 3 (21): For Paul's first missionary journey Antioch served as the “sending church." Is this just a good policy or should it be normative?

    • Question 4 (36): In the last chapter of Acts, on the island of Malta, a snake fastened itself on Paul's hand, but he shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects (Acts 28:3-5). So should Christians today be expected to deal with serpents in the same way? The snake handling cults would certainly want us to think so!
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  • 4 September - 10 September

    Questions for Discussion
    • Question 1: Where do you think Galatians fits into Paul’s missionary career?

    • Question 2: Why is Galatians so important for understanding both Paul's ministry and his theology?

    • Question 3: What is Paul’s major theme in Galatians and how is it developed?

    • Question 4: How does Paul support his major doctrinal argument in Galatians 3 & 4?
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  • 11 September - 17 September

    Questions for Discussion
    • Question 1: What are some of the ways in which the church of Corinth reflected the city?

    • Question 2: How would a proper understanding of the theology of the cross have made a difference to the ways the church tackled some of the practical problems raised in 1 Corinthians?

    • Question 3: Does 1 Corinthians have an overall theme or does it simply record Paul's response to a variety of issues that troubled the church at Corinth?

    • Question 4: Should the kind of church discipline that Paul advocates in 1 Cor 5 still be practiced by the church today?
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  • This week

    18 September - 24 September

    Questions for Discussion
    • Question 1: In Ephesians 1 what specific actions does Paul attribute to each member of the Trinity in his theologically rich opening prayer?

    • Question 2: Both Ephesians and Colossians have much to say about submission and obedience in human relationships (Eph 5:21-6:9; Col 3:18-4:1). Are the commands in these passages still applicable to Christians today?

    • Question 3: From Col 2:16-17 Blomberg argues against the idea that Christians should observe the Sabbath as a mandatory day of rest (pp. 293-94). Do you agree with his reasoning?

    • Question 4: Would it be correct to say that “Paul does not consider baptism in the new covenant as the exact equivalent to circumcision in the old” (Blomberg, p. 293)?
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  • 25 September - 1 October

    Term Holidays

    • 2 October - 8 October

      Term Holidays

      • 9 October - 15 October

        Questions for Discussion
        • Question 1: Why is there so little in James that is specifically Christian rather than merely Jewish? For example, the name of Christ is only mentioned twice (James 1:1; 2:1), and that in a fairly incidental way. Another way we can ask this is: To what extent is James a Christian letter?

        • Question 2: The Epistle is notoriously difficult to outline. James’ exhortations at times appear disjointed with no logical connections between them. Are we to look for a structure to his thought or will such a quest prove to be elusive?

        • Question 3: Why is there so little doctrine in this Epistle? Is it even possible to speak of a “theology of James”?

        • Question 4: Does James contradict Paul by teaching justification by works rather than justification by faith in chapter 2? Was Luther right when he said “there is nothing of the nature of the Gospel about it”?

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      • 16 October - 22 October

        Questions for Discussion
        • Question 1: As far as can be determined, what was the historical background to 1 John?

        • Question 2: What was the author's main purpose in writing 1 John?

        • Question 3: Compare the purpose of the first Epistle to that of the Gospel.

        • Question 4: Why is there such an emphasis on assurance in 1 John and what does the writer see as the grounds for Christian assurance?
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      • 23 October - 29 October

        Questions for Discussion
        • Question 1: What are the genres that are finely blended to make up the book of Revelation?

        • Question 2: Revelation has the features that mark both the beginning and the end of an Epistle (Rev 1:4-5a; 22:21). What keys does this give us to interpreting the book?

        • Question 3: How can the Old Testament background be helpful for understanding a passage in Revelation? Illustrate your answer with at least one example.

        • Question 4: In Revelation chapters 6-16 what is the relationship between the seals, the trumpets and the bowls? What portion of humanity is affected by each of them, and how did the author intend the specific numbers mentioned to be understood?
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      • 30 October - 5 November

        No forum this week but please read the lesson and reflect on the questions at the end of the lesson. 
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      • 6 November - 12 November

        Reading Week
        • Use for Exam Revision

        • See sample exam below

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      • 13 November - 19 November

        Exam Week