Together for the Gospel | 1.29.23
1. How have you historically defined the Gospel and what role did human effort play in your definition? How is your historic understanding of the Gospel similar to and/or different from the definition offered by the Jerusalem Council? (Acts 15:5-21)
2. According to Peter, what is the “yoke” that Jews had not been able to bear? (Acts 15:10) Compared with how the “party of the Pharisees” presented the Gospel (Acts 15:5), how is the definition of the Gospel offered by the Jerusalem Council truly “good news”? (Acts 15:11)
3. The “party of the Pharisees” was trying to “add” requirements to salvation. How have you experienced people trying to “add” requirements to the message of the Gospel? (Ephesians 2:8-10)
4. What elements of the Jerusalem Council’s decision show sensitivity to the Jewish community? What role is a sensitivity to the conscience of others to play in the lives of Christians? On what topics/issues do Christians today often demonstrate a sensitivity toward one another? (Romans 14:1-23)
Together for the Gospel | 1.22.23
1. Describe a time when you, or someone you know, was mocked, ridiculed and/or attacked because of their Christian faith? (John 15:20) On a scale of one to ten, how would you rank your courage in sharing your faith? (2 Timothy 1:7)
2. How have you grown in your boldness to share your faith, and what experiences have contributed to your growth? Or, how have you become discouraged in sharing your faith, and what experiences have contributed to your discouragement?
3. How would you like to grow in your boldness to share your faith, and what do you believe will help you grow? (Matthew 5:44, Acts 4:29) Reading the verses below, what comfort does Jesus offer to those who are persecuted for their faith? (Matthew 5:10-12, Mark 10:29-31, Luke 12:4-12, Luke 21:12-19, Romans 8:35)
4. Because we know that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12), how do you see this playing itself out in your life?