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The text for this lesson is Acts 9:36–43.

Key Point

  • In the life of Dorcas, we see that God leads us to do good works that glorify Him and point others to the saving light of Christ!
  • Law: By nature, I seek glory for myself in all that I do, even my outward good works.
  • Gospel: When Christ shines His forgiveness on me, I am transformed to live for others to the glory of God.

Discussion Points

  1. What is the Christian’s role in the world? How does a person in a repentant and trusting relationship to Christ in the Church interact with the world?
  2. What is the purpose of salt? How can salt be a metaphor for our lives as Christians?
  3. Think about and discuss the metaphor of “the light of the world.” What are the various images that Christ uses in Matthew 5:14–16? How does Christ explain these metaphors? Who is the true light of the world? See John 1:4–5, 9.
  4. What is the meaning of Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:17–18, especially in light of passages such as Romans 10:4 and Galatians 3:10–14; 5:1–6? Has “all” been accomplished (Matthew 5:18)?
  5. In Acts 9:36–43, how is Dorcas described? What is some of the evidence of this description? What is the reason given for many “throughout all Joppa” believing in the Lord, and what does this have to do with her good works?
  6. In our congregations today, we may have groups for different demographics or purposes, such as for youth group, seniors, and single adults. Compare 1 Timothy 5:3–16 with Acts 9:36–42. What does this tell you about the “groups” in the New Testament Church? How would this inform the groups that we have today?

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