The story of Cornelius and Peter in Acts 10 is a pivotal story in the early church that opened Christianity to the Gentiles (without them having to convert to Judaism first). In order to accomplish this, Peter put aside Old Testament laws that separated food and people into categories of ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’. He displayed outrageous obedience, went to the house of a Gentile, and shared the Good News of Jesus with the ‘unclean’ Gentiles. It was so outrageous that when Peter went to Jerusalem, he was criticized by other believers and called to account for his actions. When God calls you to do something outrageous, outside of your regular routine, how will you respond?
Has God ever worked in your life in a way that shocked or surprised you? If so, share it with your group.
Moses is a fascinating character. His life, which can be divided into three sections of forty years each, had moments of outrageousness and ordinariness. His first forty years were in Pharaoh’s court. After his poor attempt to stick up for a fellow Israelite ended with him fleeing for his life, he spent the next forty years as a shepherd working for his father-in-law. His final forty years were as the leader of the nation of Israel. Though his years in Pharaoh’s household could be considered outrageous, they were nothing compared with his encounter with the living God in Exodus 3.
Divide your life into three equal parts (as equal as you can). Share with your group something that happened in each of those parts that made you into who you are today.
Read Acts 7:19-29, and give a brief biography of Moses’ life up to when he saw the burning bush.
In his book, “Outrageous”, Aaron Tredway writes, “The Bible records countless stories of Jesus giving His followers the ability to heal sick people, resurrect dead people, and travel the world doing things that most of us would never imagine were possible…. They might have appeared to be ordinary, but when they connected their lives to Jesus, outrageous things began to happen.” The apostles were a great example of this. Let’s look at Peter and John in Acts 3-4 to see how Jesus changed the lives of ordinary fisherman to apostles who extended the Kingdom of Heaven wherever they walked.
Share with your group the most outrageous thing that has happened in your life.
Pastor Joe shared on Sunday that when we read the Great Commission, many of us ask, “We HAVE to share our faith?” Oz Guiness said, “With repetition, the extraordinary becomes ordinary and the revolutionary becomes the routine.” Do we HAVE to share the Gospel? Is obedience to Christ’s commands in the Kingdom Commission tedious work? Or is there excitement and joy in getting to be a part of God’s Kingdom expansion plan?
Have you ever had the opportunity to go on mission trip? Share about that experience with your group.
When something exciting happens to us, we can’t wait to share it with others. At the core, this is what the Kingdom Commission is about… the Good News of Christ’s sacrifice has so drastically changed our lives that we can’t wait to share it with others. Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who went to a concentration camp for hiding Jewish people from the Nazis, said, “Every Christian is called to be the light of the world. And every Christian must be ready to tell the way of salvation to anyone who needs it.” Are you excited and ready to share your faith in Christ with others?
18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
Briefly share with your group how you came to know Christ. Who were the people that influenced your decision?