Acts: Cut to the Heart


May 15, 2022


“What did you take away from last time?” [Refer to last week’s responses.] “How did that go?”   

Sermon Summary:  There are two responses to the Christian message. In Acts 2:37 the people were cut to the heart and surrendered to Jesus as Lord; but those who were cut to the heart in Acts 5:33 wanted to kill Jesus! The difference between the two is determined by who we think is to blame for life’s problems: us or God. The only way for the Christian message to rightly impact our hearts is if we willingly admit our moral poverty and spiritual blindness. God responds to our humility with an abundance of grace.  


Key Passage: Acts 5:12-42 

Discussion Questions:  

Truth:  Describe the two different responses to the Christian message is Acts 2:37 and Acts 5:33. Why such opposite responses to the good news?              

Repentance:  What must happen in our hearts to have an Acts 2:37 response to the gospel?           

Faith:  Think of a difficult situation or area in your life in which you blame God. What would it look like to see that situation with humility and faith?                   


Ask God, how can today’s discussion further your relationship with God, one another, and the world? Pray together. [Record responses and prayer requests.]