01 May Discussion Guide: The Best Is Yet To Come Week 2
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 new 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.
Other than your own, what is your favorite culture in the world today?
N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus
“Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion…The gospel of Jesus points us and indeed urges us to be at the leading edge of the whole culture, articulating in story and music and art and philosophy and education and poetry and politics and theology and even–heaven help us–Biblical studies, a worldview that will mount the historically-rooted Christian challenge to both modernity and postmodernity, leading the way…with joy and humor and gentleness and good judgment and true wisdom. I believe if we face the question, “if not now, then when?” if we are grasped by this vision we may also hear the question, “if not us, then who?” And if the gospel of Jesus is not the key to this task, then what is?”
What part of your culture (i.e. customs, traditions, perspectives) does the Gospel most challenge?
What part of your culture does the Gospel most celebrate?
What makes being part of a multiethnic, and multi-cultural, community challenging at times?
How does the presence and power of the Holy Spirit help us overcome those challenges?
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
What was Jesus’ reason for sending the Holy Spirit to His people?
When we look at the Spirit’s power to overcome ethnic tensions, as well as His power as displayed through gifts such as prophecy, healing, tongues, etc., how do those things help us to be witnesses for Jesus?
Why do you think those kinds of displays of power & miracles are so hard for people to believe?
Francis Chan, Crazy Love
“The fact is, I need God to help me love God. And if I need His help to love Him, a perfect being, I definitely need His help to love other, fault-filled humans.”
How has the Holy Spirit helped you experience the God’s love in a tangible way?
How has experiencing that love affected the way you see yourself?
How has experiencing that love affected the way you see and treat others?
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
How can we, as a community filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, put this love on display for the world to see?