Week 3 - Radical Witness and Radical Transformation
Radical Apprentices: Week 3 Readings and Discussion Questions
Readings: Acts 3: 1-10; Acts 4: 13-31; Acts 9: 1-22; Radical Apprentices, Chapters 5 and 6
- What do you think it means to be a “radical witness”?
- What were the three reasons for the growth of the Jerusalem Church as a result of the disciples’ radical witness?
- Consider Peter’s actions in Acts 3: 1-10 and compare this to his behaviour in Luke 22: 54-62. How radically has Peter’s life changed?
- How do Peter and John demonstrate a bold witness in Acts 4: 13-20? How does telling the truth about Jesus simply and honestly show boldness? How can we show boldness in our witness for Jesus?
- In Acts 4: 23-31, how does the quality of the believers’ faith and spirituality contribute to the boldness of their witness? Why is prayer so essential to the boldness of our witness as Christians?
- How is the story of the Apostle Paul an example of “radical transformation”?
- How does Paul’s transformation through encountering Jesus show us that we should never “write off” anyone as a person who could never receive the Gospel? What does this teach us about Jesus as a friend of sinners?
- What does Paul’s reception into the Church say to us about the kind of love and forgiveness we should show as Christians toward those who have persecuted us?
- Although our experiences of transformation may not be as dramatic as Paul’s experience, what can we do to be receptive to God’s transformative work in our own lives?