Week 22 - Sent to Endure Tribulations
“Disciples committed to helping one another live for Jesus.”
(approx. time: 20 minutes)
Prayer - Consider having an open prayer time where someone opens and others join in as they are led. Then a leader closes.
Debrief - An important part of leading. Use this time to check-in and identify how your group is loving God and others. Consider how you can encourage or lovingly challenge those you lead.
Loving God: How has your love of God grown over these last few months? Are you spending time in the word and in prayer?
Loving Others: How has neighboring gone this week? Any changes or opportunities to meet someone new? Is there anyone in your group that needs help this week?
(approx. time: 45 minutes)
Scripture - Allow time for the group to quietly read Acts 14:1-23, then have someone read the passage out loud.
Summary - Consider providing a brief summary that recaps the passage, sermon, and transitions to the questions below.
Discussion - Use the following to initiate discussion and pursue the heart of those you lead;
Paul and Barnabas shared the gospel to those who knew of God and those who did not. How would you share Jesus with someone who has no knowledge or concept of God?
What stands out to you in Paul's encouragement to the disciples in verses 21-22? How have you been viewing or living out a faith that avoids tribulation?
Throughout this section, we see that Paul didn't do ministry alone he had others around him to help. How might you be doing ministry alone and not dependent on others? How can we help support and encourage one another?
(approx. time: 5 minutes)
Vision Cast - To close your time together, recap the main ideas and commend those that participated. Encourage your group to be in prayer asking God to give them opportunities to share the good news of Jesus with others this week.
Other items to vision cast are the upcoming Summer Social time and ways you can serve together. How will your group continue living SENT through the Summer months? What events could they invite a neighbor to?
Prayer - Invite someone from the group to close out your time in prayer.
Events and organizations that connect you to neighbors and those in need.