Discussion Guide: The Trial Of Your Life Week 4

PRAYER

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.

Today’s Discussion

This week we conclude in our study through the Book of Acts in a series titled “The Trial of Your Life.” As the Book of Acts shifts its focus to the missionary travels of the Apostle Paul and all the obstacles, persecution and trials he faces in spreading the Gospel we will follow along by discussing how we too can be faithful to the call of the Gospel amidst the pressures and obstacles of our own culture as well. 

Discussion Questions

What has been the biggest, personal “storm” you’ve ever had to go through in life? 

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself”

Why do you think life is just so hard and difficult sometimes?

Have you ever made a choice that made life more difficult? If so, what were the consequences of that choice and how did it affect you?

Has your life ever been made more difficult because of the choices made by others? If so, what were the consequences and how did it affect you?

Acts 27:41-43

41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. 43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan.

What helped you make it through those “storms” in your life? 

What difference does it make to have someone you know loves you, who you can trust, standing with you in the midst of your “storms?”

What does walking through our storms with one another demonstrate to the world around us?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals.”

How should we handle “storms” and difficulties that result from something someone in our own family or church community has said or done?

Why do you think most people “abandon ship” and just walk away from the relationship with moments like that arise?

How does Jesus’ entering into the storm of sin and death on our behalf give us the motivation to not abandon ship in the midst of those “storms?”

Closing Thought

In light of the “storms” of race and ethnicity going on in our nation currently, how can we, Mosaic Church, show our nation the power of the Gospel?



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