I Feel Like a Fraud
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Sun, Jan 26, 2020
Series:I Need to Know   Passages: Acts 8:9    Teacher: Dr. Clay Smith

Sermon Discussion Questions


Starter: Describe a time when you dealt with someone who turned out to be someone different than you thought.


Group Discussion

  • Read Acts 8:9-11
  • Imagine Simon’s life.  What was it like?  Why was he boasting about being someone great?  What does that boasting say about his interior life?
  • Read Acts 8:12-13
  • Why would Simon be drawn to gospel?  Why did he follow Philip everywhere?
  • Read Acts 8:14-19
  • We think of the Holy Spirit inhabiting a person at the moment they profess Jesus.  Why do you think there was a delay for the Samaritans?
  • How do you think the Samaritans felt when Peter and John laid hands on them?
  • In your opinion, why is Simon willing to pay to have the ability to give the Holy Spirit to people?
  • Read Acts 8:20-24.
  • In your experience, do people today try to buy the gifts of God?  Why or why not?
  • Peter is very direct with Simon – “Your heart is not right.”  Should we be that direct with people?  Why or why not?
  • In your opinion, was Simon’s repentance genuine? 
  • Measure yourself against Simon.  Are you hungry for the real power of God or are you looking for shortcuts?

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