Luke and Acts- Week 3

  1. Re-read today’s passage found in Luke 2:22-40, and as you do, consider Simeon’s life. What do you specifically learn about his relationship with God, and God’s relationship with him?

  2. John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice…” was referenced in Mike’s message. Jesus’ desire is to speak to His sheep, and He has given us - His sheep - the capacity to hear. 

  • What has the Lord been speaking to you lately?

  • Do you find His voice hard to hear? If so, in what manner?

  • What small course-correction step can you take today that might enable you to hear His voice more clearly?

    3. “The Law of God can be used two different ways: Like a baby sling, holding you close to the heartbeat of the Father, or like a straight-jacket of religious to-do’s and observances to keep you away from God.” Which way resonates most with your own experience? Share.

    4. As Simeon was passing the baton from the Old (original) Covenant to the New (renewed) Covenant, he prophesied. On the day of Pentecost, Peter prophesied. We are to be a prophetic people -- hearing the voice of God and being able to share it with others. 

  • How does the idea of prophecy resonate with your own comfort level? What experiences (good, bad, or indifferent) have you had in your own walk regarding prophecy? Share.

  • “We have ideas that a prophetic person will be able to penetrate through layers of our own pretense; and that they are a godly critic of everybody and everything.” How does this reflect/not reflect your own thoughts? Explain.

  • Discuss Paul’s description of prophecy found in 1Corinthians 14:1,3. Specifically note verse 3. What three purposes for prophecy are listed?

    5. The work of God’s Spirit is always tangible. Galatians 5:16-24 indicates the manner in which the Lord is working to the outside what His Spirit places inside us. Notice the contrast to the natural course of the flesh. What are some tangible ways you’ve experienced the work of God’s Spirit in your own life? Share.