Sunday 7/16 - Saturday 7/22
"Made on Purpose: We Were Made to Share the Gospel"
by Elder Rick Keagy
If your group has more than 7 people, you're encouraged to split into men's and women's groups for "Warm Ups" and "Getting Started." If your group is really large, try same gender groups of 3 or 4.
Warm-Ups (15 min)
- Share your high moment and low moment of the week.
- Tell about the street you grew up on (where who else lived there, rural/urban/suburban, etc.), or if several, maybe the most memorable.
- Share about an event or person that potentially changed the course of your life; or your outlook or perspective about an issue or value.
- Do you have any God moments to share from this past week?
Getting Started (20 min)
- Review the OT passage in Isaiah 12:1-6. What words/concepts are evident more than once? (possibilities: deliverance/salvation, praise, joy) How can these ideas inform our sharing of the gospel?
- Review the text from 10:12-15. As a Jew, Peter would have been well versed in the Levitical laws regarding clean and unclean foods (Leviticus 11). These laws were given to distinguish the Jewish people from their Gentile neighbors – to set them apart from those people groups around them. Understand also that the word “holy” simply means, “set apart”. So here he is told that “what God has made clean, you must not consider unclean”.
- How does God make the unclean clean? (sacrificial death of Jesus).
- Therefore, how are we “set apart” (made holy) by God? (same answer)
- Continuing in Acts 10:17-43, God leads Peter to meet with the Centurion, Cornelius, which subsequently leads to his sharing of the Gospel through the understanding that he “should call no person defiled or unclean” (v. 28).
- So, are verses 12-15 really about the food?
- How should this help us as we seek to share the gospel in our neighborhoods and other communities (e.g., schools, workplaces, etc)? (possibilities: all people are valuable to Jesus even those who are different from us; we are not to play favorites in our sharing of the gospel; though we are set apart, we are not to be disengaged from those around us)
- What message are we called to share? (Remember 2(c) above.)
- A contrasting passage to the Acts text above can be found in the first chapter of Daniel. Read vv 8-16. In this case, Daniel and his colleagues request to eat a diet different from the rest of the royal court.
- Why was the court official reluctant (v. 10)?
- What was the actual result (v. 15)?
- How do you think this affected the court official?
- Can a behavior that is different from the world around us (“sets us apart”) help us to share the Gospel?
- In your prayers this week thank God for the unconditional and conditional promises he has made to you. Also, ask God to forgive any broken promises you have made, and forgive those who have broken promises made to you.
- Give everyone a chance to pray. Click herefor creative ideas on how to pray as a group.
Optional Worship Song (5 min)
- If you'd like, you can sing a worship song as a group. Don't have a musician? Sing along to a lyric video: SJDenver.org/Songs
- Advent/Christmas songs can be found at SJDenver.org/ChristmasSongs
Serve Our City
- Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!
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