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Word One Bible Study: Easter 3 First Reading

Community in Christ

Text: Acts 2:14a, 36-47 for the Third Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of the Word One Bible Study for Easter 3 First Reading

Objectives
Participants will understand more about the responsibility of being a member of the Christian community

Materials
Newsprint
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Group Guidelines
This Bible study has been developed for use in a small group of 4-6 people. If your group is larger, you may want to divide it into smaller groups. Choose a leader by adding together the digits of your phone number. the highest sum denotes the leader. This leader should help the group work through the material and encourage equal participation. Participants should always have the freedom to pass if they do not wish to share their experiences.

Getting Started
1. Think of a time in your life or a particular event when you were very happy. Why were you happy then?
2. Next, think of a time when you experienced suffering--physically or emotionally. share your feelings about that time.
3. Now think about how each of these times affected your family? How did the other family members react or support you during each time? How did you wantthem to react?
Divide into pairs. List at least three specific ways you could have supported your partner during each of the times they shared, in happy times and in suffering times. Share your thoughts with your partner one at a time.

Getting into Scripture
1. The leader will read Acts 2:42-47.
2. This passage describes the Christian community in Jerusalem. What would you have enjoyed most about being a Christian at that time?
3. According to verse 42, name the four characteristics of the Christian community. The leader will list these on the sheet of newsprint.
4. Keeping these characteristics in mind, think of at least two more ways you could have supported your partner during their times of joy or sorrow. Share these ways with your partner. Then let volunteers share with the group their happy or suffering times and the support they could have been given.
5. Sharing with, caring for and supporting each other builds a sense of community. What specific things can you do to encourage this community spirit within your youth group/Bible study class?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
From each group's idea to encourage a sense of community, decide on one that you can put into practice in your youth group/Bible study class.

Closing
Close your time together by singing "Brothers and Sisters in Christ," "Blest Be the Tie that Binds," or another song which expresses your unity with other Christians

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies V, studies on the Old Testament readings for lectionary series A, in 1992.

Republished and revised in April 2014 for youthESource.



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