Acts 2 gives us a wonderful picture of how God intended the Church to be. We don’t always meet this ideal (even the Acts church had its problems) as the Church is populated with flawed human beings. God wants us to be open to being a Spirit-filled, powerful church. How do we do this?
Share with your group members what the ‘perfect church’ looks like to you.
The Holy Spirit is the most mysterious member of the Trinity, and it could be said that He is the most overlooked. The beginning of the Bible (Genesis 1:1-2) reveals that the Spirit was active in Creation, and the Spirit continues to be active at the end of the Bible (Revelation 22:17). It seems that most of us try to live the Christian life on our own strength, rather than depending on the power of the Spirit. However, the Spirit is essential to us! What do we know about Him?
Discuss with your group some of your beliefs about the Holy Spirit.
The Parable of the Sower found in three of the four Gospels (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-25, Luke 8:4-18) is the first in a series of seven parables that Jesus relates in Matthew 13. The disciples question the meaning of this parable, and Jesus explains the meaning. Generally, parables have one main point. Since the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ is the focus of the parables in Matthew 13, each parable provides insight into the Kingdom.
If you have ever tried to garden or grow anything, share with your group how it went.
Andrew Carnegie said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” In John 17, Christ ends His prayer with a plea to the Father that believers would remain one…a team who could, with the power of the Holy Spirit, change the world!
What situations or attitudes cause division in your family? What issues divide Christians (but perhaps shouldn’t)?
1 Peter 2:9 says that “…You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” As Aaron mentioned in Sunday’s sermon, the question, “Why are you here?” is an important question to answer. We are set apart for a purpose. Do you know why you are here?
Much of the Book of Leviticus contains instructions from God to communicate the concept of “holiness/set apart” (washings, sprinklings, clean, unclean, etc.). We do not have rituals that signify being set apart like the Israelites did. Can you think of images or practices that can communicate holiness and sanctification today?