Friday, September 15th, 2017.
We’ve seen in a brief space how the church has grown in boldness and numbers after Pentecost. Today we look at the way they lived together in community. I hope this passage challenges and encourages you as it does me to know and show others God’s lavish generosity . --Monica
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ How do you respond when approached with another’s need? How do you act when you are faced with a need?
_ Is there someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus) with a need that you know of?
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 is the provider of all we need and the author of community and fellowship.
DISCOVER [Acts 4:32-37]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.
_ In vs. 32 what language of the apostles’ unity do we see?
_ In vs. 33 what have the apostles been speaking of? Do you think there is a connection between their testimony and the grace mentioned at the end of the verse?
_ In vs 34-37 how is the generosity of the apostles evident?
_ Is there a connection between their generosity and the testimony they were preaching in vs 33?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus, His Spirit, and 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 testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus? If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Do you need to be honest and share a need that you are facing?
_ Is God calling you to greater generosity in a certain area, your time, your finances, your family, your friendships, your love?
_ How might you be able to practice greater generosity?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
_ Are there any opportunities you have to demonstrate the generosity that God has lavished on us to someone else in need in your community?