Today is Friday, October 13th, 2017. The passage today follows Saul and Barnabas as they are called and sent on a missionary journey and interact with those who would seek to keep people from knowing Jesus and the truth. Perhaps our callings don’t seem as extreme as Saul and Barnabas who travel to another land, but we are called by God to call out Truth everywhere everyday, and that is a challenge in and of itself. --Monica
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever felt a call to a certain thing in life?
_Have you ever heard someone misrepresenting Christianity, but didn’t know how to respond?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God. Thank God that he has purposes for us and is more powerful than any other.
DISCOVER [Acts 13:1-12]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
“Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. 6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. 7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.”
_ In vs. 1-3 what are the people of the church doing when the Lord speaks?
_ In vs 2-5 What do you think the work is that the Holy Spirit has set apart Saul and Barnabas for?
_ In vs. 6-11 What is wrong with the behavior of Bar-Jesus/Elymas? What does Saul rebuke him for?
_In vs 9 Luke makes clear to tell us that Saul is “filled with the Holy Spirit”. Does that change the way you view this interaction?
_ In vs. 12 how does the proconsul respond?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you are being invited to be a witness? If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Are there any calls on your life or nudgings from the Holy Spirit that you need to respond to?
_ Is there someone that you need to confront with the Spirit’s help to guide another person to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?