Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020
Lections: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:1-10; John 14:1-10
This lection is the last part of the story of Stephen. The
complete story of Stephen is Acts 6:1-7:60. Skim through the story.
Why was Stephen appointed? What was Stephen’s function?
What kind of person was Stephen (See 6:8-10)? Why was he arrested? He gave a long speech in his defense. How successful was his appeal?
Look at 6:8 and 7:55-56 together. What do they tell you about Stephen?
What was the word of forgiveness in this lection? What was the outcome of Stephen's forgiveness?
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
Finding himself in a deathly situation, the psalmist offered a prayer for protection. When was a time you were desperate to be rescued, saved or freed from a situation?
1 Peter 2;1-10
What picture does this lection convey about new life in Christ? How do the words of this make you feel about yourself?
How do you relate personally to people in your daily life who are not believers?
The last three weeks of Easter always focus on lections from Jesus' Farewell Discourse, chapters 13-17. In the Discourse, Jesus prepared his disciples (and the subsequent church for life and witness in his physical absence.
What was the special comfort Jesus offered in this lection?