Unstoppable

A Study of the Book of Acts

Over the course of the next five weeks we will be studying the unstoppable and irrestible movement of the Holy Spirit as He starts the early church in Jerusalem and continues to spread the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth.  As modern-day believers, we continue to experience the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission.  At Cornerstone Church we are trying to be bold witnesses both locally and globally.  


The content below is intended to help you continue your learning throughout the week.  Each week we encourage you to listen or relisten to the corresponding sermon on Mondays.  Open this link to listen to Sunday's sermon online.  You can also listen on your mobile device via the APPLE PODCAST APP or GOOGLE PLAY APP.

Week 1: God's Potent Plan

Oct. 28 - Nov. 1

MONDAY: RELISTEN TO SUNDAY'S SERMON


TUESDAY: SCRIPTURE TO PROCESS

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8).

  • How would you define “the ends of the earth” in your life? How is God calling you to take part in his continuing global mission to spread the message of Jesus?

  • What are the biggest needs in your college, workplace, or community? How can God use you and this group to specifically meet those needs?

  • Spend some time praying about these areas of need throughout the rest of the week. Pray that God would open your eyes to those that need to hear the life-altering message of Jesus. Pray that God would give you the confidence to step out in faith to share his truth this week. How can we connect with one another during the week to encourage each other to continue in prayer?


WEDNESDAY: MIDWEEK DEVOTION

In Acts 1:4-5 Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.  John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”


When you wait on something, it essentially means you need it. People wait for the bus, even if it’s late, because they need a ride. People wait for an important email or text message because it holds valuable information. We wait for what we need.


Jesus told his disciples to wait. He promised that they would be clothed with power and that they would be an important part of an unstoppable and irresistible movement, God’s kingdom. But the first command wasn’t to act. Even though this is the book of Acts, the first command was to wait.


Think. Reflect. Pray.


Many times, without waiting on God and depending on God, we can go off in the wrong direction. That was the disciples’ problem in the beginning (Acts 1:4-6). How is God calling you to wait on him this week? How is God calling you to depend on him this week?


THURSDAY: ADDITIONAL BIBLE STUDY

  1. Acts 1 describes what theologians and Bible scholars call the ascension, where Jesus returned to be with the Father. Why is this event important? What is the significance of Jesus’ returning to heaven?

  2. Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. How does this passage compare with Jesus’ promise in Acts 1?

  3. Read Luke 24:45-53, and then compare it to Acts 1:1-8. What are the similarities and differences?

Week 2: God's Power in Our Weakness

November 4 - 8

MONDAY: RELISTEN TO SUNDAY'S SERMON


TUESDAY: SCRIPTURE TO PROCESS

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4).

  • Look at verses 1-4. What sticks out? Why do you think fire and wind were the signs of the Spirit’s presence?

  • How is this a partial fulfillment of the promise Jesus gave before he ascended back in Acts 1?


WEDNESDAY: MIDWEEK DEVOTION

There is a cultural assumption that God is distant, that God is off in the clouds, too busy to help. That is certainly not what the Bible teaches. God is not asleep or distant—in fact, God is nearer to you than you would ever dare imagine.

In Acts 2, God’s presence brings with it fire and wind, elements typically seen as powerful natural disasters. But here there is no destruction, just transformation. God works in and through his disciples.

God’s ways haven’t changed. God still wants to work in you and through you. Will you let God do that this week?


THURSDAY: ADDITIONAL BIBLE STUDY

  • Read James 4:1-10. How does this passage connect to our discussion of humility and confidence?

  • Read Genesis 11:1-9, and compare and contrast this event with what happened at Pentecost.

  • Look through the Bible for examples of other times God reveals himself through fire or wind. Make a list of the passages. What parallels do you see?

  • The opposites of humility and confidence are pride and depression. Everyone experiences these emotions. When was the last time you felt depressed or proud? How can God work in us during times we experience those emotions?

  • Listen to the following sentence: “If you build your life on something other than Christ, you will spend your years alternating between depression and pride.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Week 3: Responding to Opposition

Nov. 11 - 15

MONDAY: RELISTEN TO SUNDAY'S SERMON


TUESDAY: SCRIPTURE TO PROCESS

Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep (Acts 7:54-60).


WEDNESDAY: MIDWEEK DEVOTION

John Stott, a well-known and respected Bible scholar from Britain, has said that persecution is merely the clash between two irreconcilable value systems. Have you ever felt that? You see it when someone who is waiting on sex until marriage gets ridiculed. You see it when someone is “unfriended” because they stood up for their faith. As our culture becomes more and more “post-Christian,” various forms of rejection and opposition will continue to happen more and more to those who follow Christ.


The question is, how do you respond to persecution, rejection, or opposition? Do you get angry and fight back? Do you give in to the cultural pressure and just follow the crowd? The Bible’s overwhelming advice to those being opposed is to “stand firm.” Standing firm means that you don’t fall into the trap of anger and vengeance or the trap of conceding to the culture and going with the flow.


Stephen is a good picture of one who stood firm. While people were concocting slanderous lies about him, he didn’t fire back in hate or seek to fit in. He remained focused on Jesus. In fact, because Stephen focused on Jesus at the height of the persecution, he was able to forgive his murderers, just like his Lord did. How are you standing firm this week?


THURSDAY: ADDITIONAL BIBLE STUDY

  • Read 1 Peter 1:3-9. Though persecution and opposition are far from God’s ideal, God still uses them. In view of this passage from 1 Peter, how can God use opposition and persecution to build your spiritual maturity?

  • “Stand firm” is a frequently repeated phrase throughout the entire Bible. Why would it be used multiple times? What does that reveal about the journey of faith? 

  • Read John 15:18-27 and 1 Corinthians 2:13-16. How can these verses shape your understanding of persecution and opposition?