The agenda for this week's meetings
Is there anyone in the group that needs care?
Recite Acts 1:8 together as a group.
(On Sunday, Pastor Joel said that “Change is not a flaw of following Christ, it is a feature.”)
Acts 13:13-16, 38-52 (We have cut out parts of Paul’s sermon for the sake of time)
13 Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem, 14 but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.” 16 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:
“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen.
38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:
“‘Look, you scoffers,
be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’”
42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.
44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Questions about the text:
1. What did you like about the passage or not like? What did you find confusing?
2. What does the passage teach us about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit? What does this passage teach us about people?
3. In what ways is God making changes in your life in order to conform you to His will?
4. Are you resisting this change or willingly trusting him?
Start Caring. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
1. Who could you invite to church this Sunday? Who could you invite to your Connect Group next week?
2. Who could you minister to within your group this week?
Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.
Take a moment to write down your prayer requests.
Divide into groups of 2 or 3 and pray for the power of Jesus to give victory in each pursuit.