Today is Friday, October 7th, 2017. Today we see the apostle Peter delivering a sermon to a group of people that are different than him in every way possible, yet something miraculous happens that changes everything for everyone. Dive into this amazing portion of Scripture with me as we see the day that the Holy Spirit moves within the unexpected. - Mike
CONNECT(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever been in a social setting and everyone around you is completely different from you (e.g. cultural, background, ethnicity, language)? How did that feel? What were the positive experiences from that setting? Were you able to understand and “click” with the people surrounding you? How did you communicate?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
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.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 "Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
_ In vs. 48, to whom is Peter speaking to? What happens while Peter is in the middle of his sermon?
_ In vs. 45 what amazes Peter and the other Jewish believers? Why is it important that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles, or non-Jewish people?
_ In vs. 46 what does it say that the Gentiles were then able to do? How do you think Peter and the other believers reacted to this?
_ In vs. 46-47, What does Peter ask? What does baptism represent?
_ What does this mean for everyone else in the world from that moment on?
_ What happens in vs. 48?
+ 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 people in your life that are different (cultural, background, ethnicity, language) than you that Jesus is calling you to minister to? Are you compelled to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them? If not, how can you ask God to give you the boldness to do so?
_ Is there a place that you are lacking power or strength? Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?