Today is Monday October 23rd, and I am grateful that you are joining me today. I hope that you have been enjoying this journey through Acts and feel as though you are growing in your understanding of who God is and what the early church was like. Today we read about Timothy joining Paul in his ministry and follow them as they are called to Macedonia to preach the Gospel. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Has the Lord ever called you to speak the Gospel to someone or a group of people? How did you respond?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Lord we take time to praise you for being with us today and every day. Thank you for being present with us as we study Your Word. Thank you for bringing clarity as we study and seek answers. Lord we pray that You would teach us today, that we would hear from You and not from ourselves.
DISCOVER [Acts 16:1-10]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8 So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
- What is the significance of Paul circumcising Timothy? (v. 3)
- What was causing the churches to be “strengthened in the faith” and to have “increased in numbers daily”? (v. 5)
- What allowed Paul to know where to go to preach and where not to go to preach?
- How did Paul know to go to Macedonia to preach the Gospel?
- Why did Paul and those with him respond with such immediacy to go to Macedonia?
+ 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)
- How do you, personally, know when the Lord is leading you in one direction or asking you to step away from something? (Whether that is school, a job, where to move, etc.)
- How do you respond when God calls you to preach the Gospel? To serve a neighbor? To simply pray for someone?
- What steps do you follow when you are beginning to disciple someone?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?