As we launch into a brand new series in the book of Acts called "sent," we wanted to supplement what we are doing on Sunday mornings with material each week to help you further engage spiritually throughout the week. If you missed the sermon you can find it here, otherwise use this to help in your own devotions or small group time this week.
Read Acts 1:1-26 Questions for Small Groups:
When Jesus’ disciples gather together after his resurrection, they ask him, “Lord is this the time when you will restore the Kingdom of Israel?” They are expecting an earthly kingdom like other nations where they are on top of the world. But Jesus has a different kingdom in mind, and he will be a different kind of king. In what ways does Jesus challenge our own expectations and assumptions about his kingdom? What makes his kingdom different than all other kingdoms of the world?
Jesus promises his disciples that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” What is your understanding of the Holy Spirit? Why is the Holy Spirit so important? In what ways are you open to the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in your life? In what ways are you resistant?
Jesus sends us to be his “witnesses.” Pastor Brian talked about a witness as a herald who runs into a territory and announces that a new king is enthroned. Another image of a witness is someone who gives testimony in court regarding what they have seen and heard. In what ways is Jesus sending you to be his witness (think about places, relationships, circumstances, etc.)? What does this look like in your everyday life?
Pastor Brian challenged us individually and as a community to enter into a season of prayer. What role does prayer play in your own life? What makes prayer hard for you? If you made the practice of prayer more intentional in your own life and as a small group, what would that look like? Commit to one way that you will get into action around prayer over the next four weeks.
Is there anything else you heard the Holy Spirit speaking to you/us through the sermon this morning? What would it look like to take a step of obedience?