07 May Discussion Guide: The Best Is Yet To Come Week 3
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.
C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is.”
Why is it that when we have a great experience, eat delicious food, or see an amazing movie, that we can’t wait to share that experience with others?
Henry Martyn, Missionary to India & Persia
“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”
Why is evangelism so scary for us at times?
Do those fears come from a correct or incorrect understanding of what it means to be a witness? Explain.
How might a proper understanding of evangelism reduce those fears?
What do you think the Holy Spirit wants to accomplish through us in regards to evangelism?
2 Corinthians 4:1-2
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
What is the plain truth of the Gospel? Can you explain the Gospel message in 2-3 minutes?
How might “Setting forth the Truth plainly,” make more effective evangelists?
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
What role do we play in evangelism?
What role does the Holy Spirit play?
How does that realization affect the way you see the call to be His witnesses?
As we conclude this discussion, what would you say you most need to help you a better witness?