Small Group Questions (May 29, 2022)

posted by Bethel Group Life | May 29, 2022

Ice Breaker
Describe a time when you saw someone do something courageous. Where did their  courage come from? What are some things worth being courageous for? (Intent: This ice breaker  prepares the group for discussing the boldness and courageousness of disciples. It reminds us that there  are many things worth being courageous for, but none worthier than the Gospel. If you use this ice  breaker, consider jumping to question two right away.)  

Discussion 
  1. What stood out to you from Sunday’s message? Did God lay anything specific on your heart?  Were you prompted to any specific action? (Intent: A simple way to start the discussion. Leave  time for everyone to give input.)  
  2. Where do Peter and John get their courage and boldness? Is this power available for us today?  Is there a specific area of your life where you feel like God is wanting you to step out in  courage? (Intent: The text emphasizes that Peter and John are bold because of the Holy Spirit.  Other answers can include that they had just performed a miracle and they were eyewitnesses of  the resurrection. The same power of the Spirit is available today, and we need it to share the  Gospel effectively. This conversation on courage is a great chance to ask how God is challenging  the people in your group.) 
  3. Acts 4:12 says that Jesus is “the only name” by which we can be saved. 
    1. Why might that kind of exclusive claim be hard to embrace? (think empathetically  through the lens of your unbelieving friends) (Intent: Our culture often teaches there  are multiple ways to be saved. Across the world there are other religions who teach  other ways to be saved. That means there are a lot of people who are facing eternal  judgment. This is an obstacle to sharing the Gospel that we do well to prepare for.) 
    2. Why is that kind of exclusive claim crucial for the church to hold on to? (Intent: Despite  the offensiveness of an exclusive claim, if it is true it must be fought for.) 
  4. Acts 4:13 says the disciples were uneducated and untrained men, but they do not let that be  an obstacle to sharing the Gospel. What obstacles keep you from sharing the Gospel? How can  the power of the Spirit help you to overcome them? (Intent: Most people have obstacles that  keep them from sharing the Gospel. Anxiety, fear that they will not know how to answer  questions, etc. This is a chance to empathize with those struggles, while pointing people to the  power of the Holy Spirit.) 
  5. The disciples are able to use the present circumstance as well as what they had seen from  Jesus to preach the Gospel. What circumstances are there in your life that can be used to  share the Gospel? What have you seen Jesus do for you that you can share with someone  else? (Intent: We may not have all witnessed miracles like Peter and John but God has done  amazing things in our lives. Simply telling people what Jesus has done for us is a powerful way to  share the Gospel.) 

Application
Reflect on how God is challenging you to be bold. Whatever that challenge is, step into it  through the power of the Holy Spirit and not through your own power.  

Prayer
Father, we praise you for giving us a Spirit of boldness, not timidity. We confess to you that we  have often acted out of fear instead of living by the power of the Spirit. Today we ask that you reveal to  us the areas of our lives that we need to live in boldness and courage. Strengthen us by your Spirit to  take our next step to living boldly and courageously for you. Amen. 

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