16 Jul Discussion Guide: The Best Is Yet To Come Week 13
Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.
This week we continue our series titled “The Best Is Yet To Come.” We will be walking through the book of Acts and looking at who Jesus has called us to be and what Jesus has called us to do in light of all that He has already done. As we study the descriptive history of the early church our hope is that these truths will move in our hearts to become a prescriptive call to go into all the world and be witnesses for Christ.
Tell us about a time that you have felt significant or important.
Chariots of Fire, Harold Abrahams’ Character just prior to running the 100m in the 1924 Olympics
“You, Aubrey are my most complete man. You’re brave, compassionate, kind: a content man. That is your secret, contentment; I am 24 and I’ve never known it. I’m forever in pursuit and I don’t even know what I am chasing…And now in one hour’s time, I will be out there again. I will raise my eyes and look down that corridor; 4 feet wide, with 10 lonely seconds to justify my existence. But will I?”
Why do you think our culture is such a performance based culture?
Throughout history different cultures from different parts of the world have celebrated the most beautiful, most intelligent, most athletic, strongest, fastest, most successful amongst them. The reason for this is that at the core of every human being is the need for significance and worth. This need exists because we were originally designed to image the Creator of the Universe, the most important and significant Being in existence. Sin, however, has perverted the ways in which we seek to fulfill that need. Rather than finding contentment in knowing God and being known by God, humanity has instead sought to prove our own “glory” through our performance and accomplishments. This has lead to the murder, ethnic cleansing, enslavement, and class systematization of people as we constantly seek to compare ourselves to one another and elevate our own cultural identity. At the heart of every human rights issue is the sin of cultural pride, the need to be better than those not like us as the proof that we are significant.
How has that need for importance and significance affected the way different cultures have related to one another throughout history?
How does the way cultures have treated one another throughout history compare to what Scripture tells us is God’s desire regarding how we treat one another?
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
How would you describe the difference between religion and the Gospel?
Why is religion so tempting to go along with for some?
Why is the grace of the Gospel so difficult to accept for some?
Dr. Tim Keller
“The text says that when the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he loved her. God was saying, ‘I am the real bridegroom. I am the husband of the husbandless. I am the father of the fatherless.’ This is the God who saves by grace. The Gods of moralistic religions favor the successful and the overachievers. They are the ones who climb the moral ladder up to heaven. But the God of the Bible is the one who comes down into this world to accomplish a salvation and give us a grace we could never attain ourselves.”
Why do you think God desires to save us by His grace rather than by our performance?
How can that realization affect the way we view God and the way we view one another?
2 Corinthians 5:14-27
How should that view of God and of one another affect the way we love and serve the world, especially those who it may be most difficult for us to serve?