18 Jun Discussion Guide: The Best Is Yet To Come Week 9
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.
What was your conversion to Christ like?
Why do you think people have such a hard time with the idea that they need to be converted to anything?
John 3:1-3, 9
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
What are some common reasons people push back against Christianity and Jesus as Messiah?
Do those reasons tend to be based on who Jesus truly is, or on some misconception or misrepresentation of Jesus?
What would you say those people most need in their lives then?
C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
“I was driven to Whipsnade one sunny morning. When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did. Yet I had not exactly spent the journey in thought. Nor in great emotion. “Emotional” is perhaps the last word we can apply to some of the most important events. It was more like when a man, after a long sleep, still lying motionless in bed, becomes aware that he is now awake.”
How has your understanding of Jesus changed over the course of your life?
What brought about that change?
How has that better understanding of Jesus changed the way you see yourself? The way you see others?
Madonna, Vogue Magazine
“I have an iron will. And all of my will has always been to conquer some horrible feeling of inadequacy. My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre. And that’s always pushing me, pushing me. Because even though I’ve become Somebody, I still have to prove that I am a Somebody. My struggle has never ended and it probably never will.”
How do most people seem to want to be seen? Why is that?
How has that need for significance affected different aspects of your own life, like relationships, finances, marriage, parenting, etc?
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
If we truly believe our significance is in Christ, how might that change the way we understand our purpose in life?
What would it take for you to live out that calling?