Today is Friday, September 8th, 2017. Today we continue our Autumn series through the book of Acts. In today’s passage we discover a discover a number of activities of the earliest church and how they share a life in common. I hope that this passage will be an encouragement to you today. - Mike
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever been part of or have you seen a group that just clicks? A group that has a special something about them or they just get along with everyone so well?
_ 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.
DISCOVER [Acts 2:42-47]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonder and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
_ In v. 42, what is the apostles’ teaching? Why do you think fellowship and the breaking of bread are linked here?
_ In v. 43, the church experienced awe, or reverent fear, in response to what? What gave the apostles this power?
_ In v. 44, what do you think Luke means when he says, “they believed and had all things in common”? Is this giving voluntary or mandated?
_ In vs. 45-46, what are the believers doing for each other and those around them? How are they displaying community?
_ In v. 47, what are the believers spending their time doing? How does God respond to this?
_ 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? Is there an area of your life that you are being invited into the community of believers?
_ Are there any area's Jesus is calling you to live like that community of believers in vs. 44-47?
_ 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?