Today’s passage requires us to see the body of Christ (The Church) as both an act of obedience as well as a gift. Infact, it is a gift IF we are obedient to the call to gather; and not just gathering to gather, but gathering for the gain of Christ, the proclamation of Christ, and the glory of Christ. Be encouraged as the early apostles are encouraged in Christ as they are gathered by Christ.
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ Acts 2:42-47 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations 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 wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
+ What four actions did the followers of Christ devote themselves to? Why did they devote themselves to these things? V.42 [Use as reference: Matthew 28:20]
+ What was the result of these early followers devoting themselves to those four actions? V.43-44
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.
+ What does it mean for the body of Christ to have all things in common? V.44 [Use as reference: Ephesians 4:4-8]
+ What did having all things in common cause the followers of Christ to do? V.45-46
+ What of verses 42-46 caused the followers of Christ to have favor with all the people?
+ Ultimately, because the believers devoted themselves to teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and prayers; what is the final result found in verse 47?
+ Where is the Gospel of Jesus Christ found in this passage?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ How does this passage of the uniting power of Christ Jesus convict you to confess sin in your life?
+ From that confession of sin, what is an act of obedience to the Lord you can take to be a “Living sacrifice, pleasing to the Lord”? (Romans 12:1-2)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)