Series 16 The Acts of the Holy Spirit – Lesson 5, Acts 11

The Holy Spirit at Work: Breaking down barriers

Acts 11 – Using the Inductive Method (See also, For Groups)

In the inductive method, spend the majority of the time you have available in OBSERVATION and asking questions.  Use the questions generated to understand the author’s original message.  Finally, always include an  APPLICATION, even if the question remains to be contemplated throughout the week.

OBSERVATION – What does the text actually say?

Read the entire chapter of Acts 11.

Read through the questions for observation below, then listen to Acts 11:1-18 at least two more times.


Who is present?

When does the event take place?

Where does it take place?

How is the Holy Spirit portrayed?

What response is generated?

Take note of the questions that arise (for Interpretation step).


Listen to Acts 11:19-30 at least twice. Use the above questions to explore the text.


INTERPRETATION – What did the text mean to the original audiences?

  • Why are these stories important in Acts?
  • How might the original hearers have understood these stories?
  • If time permits, return to the questions generated in the Observation.

APPLICATION – How does this text apply to our lives as God’s people today?

  • What are these stories calling us to understand or to do?
  • How are you/we aware of the Holy Spirit acting in your/our current context?

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