The Voyage to Jerusalem: Prophecies, Persecution and Priorities

The Voyage to Jerusalem: Prophecies, Persecution and Priorities

Acts 21:1-16

Community Group Questions

  1. Paul stopped in a few cities on his route to Jerusalem. Why do you think he made these stops? How does Luke describe Paul’s relationship to the believers in these cities?
  2. How do the relationships between these believers and Paul shed light on our relationships with other believers? What are we missing if we are not involved in the lives of other believers?
  3. We know from Acts 20:22-23 that Paul was aware that God called him to go to Jerusalem and that it would be difficult. Can you think of examples in your life where you knew God was calling you to do something difficult and needed this kind of resolve to do it?
  4. By the end of this passage, everyone chose to surrender to God’s plan. Compare this response to Jesus’ response in Luke 22:39-46. How do we develop the resolve to say “Let the will of the Lord be done.” (Acts 21:14 ESV).

Family Worship Questions

  1. Read Acts 21:1-16 & Discuss:
  • What does it mean when we are willing to die for something? How important is that person or thing? Are there people or things in your life that you would give your life for?
  • Read Philippians 1:21-26 and Acts 21:13. How important was the gospel to Paul? Why is it that important?
  • God’s will for Paul was to go to Jerusalem and suffer for the sake of the gospel. We are also called to share the gospel even when it hurts. In what ways might we suffer when we share the gospel at school, or work, or on teams? How does the gospel help us to do this?
  • Read Matthew 5:43-45. How are we to respond to those who persecute us? Take some time to pray for people who persecute Christians for sharing the gospel. Pray that the persecuted Christians would be strengthened to continue to share the gospel.
  1. Sing: All I Have Is Christ
  2. Pray.