Topic: New Testament Expository Passage: Acts 24:24–24:27
Week 60 of a 68 week series in which we will be exploring the book of Acts in a series titled "The Church: Continuing What Jesus Began." This series will not just be a travelogue through the early church's history. It will be a reminder for us of what Jesus did on the earth in his tough, compassionate, loving, healing deeds and what he said on the earth in his truthful, authoritative, convicting, comforting teaching was only the beginning of his doing and his teaching.
Theme: God uses His delays to teach us to trust Him more fully and to submit more thoroughly to His lordship over our lives.
- Read aloud the above Scripture and talk about what stood out to you. This could be Scripture alone or it could something that the sermon pointed out to you from Sunday.
- Why does God sometimes delay answering prayers that seem so urgent to us?
- How can we know whether we’re supposed to wait for God to act or take action ourselves? See 1 Samuel 13:1-14.
- How can we keep our focus on the Lord rather than our circumstances, especially when our circumstances seem overwhelming?
- Is it hypocrisy to rejoice in the Lord even when you feel like grumbling? Why/why not? How do we rejoice in Him when we don’t feel like rejoicing? Should we fake it?
- So, what are we, as individuals and as a Missional Community, going to do with this section of Scripture? What is God calling us to be? What is God calling us to do?