Discuss Acts 14:1-7

The phrases broken hearted boldness and contrite correction come from an Ask Pastor John podcast that I highly recommend to you. Listen here. While the podcast is aimed at parents, it has much to say about engaging with our neighbors over issues of politics and race.

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. As the gospel advances, the gospel is opposed. What does that mean for your situation (home, work, neighborhood)? What does it look like to bear your cross like Jesus?
  3. Where can you meet unbelievers and explain the gospel of Jesus Christ? Where can we, as a church, be more intentional about meeting unbelievers and explaining the gospel?
  4. How would you respond to an angry group of people set on silencing your Christian witness?
  5. How would you respond to the claim that the Christian sexual ethic is harmful and must be outlawed?
  6. The love of Christ compels us (2 Cor 5:14). What is the love of Christ and how can you experience it such that you give a bold witness in the face of persecution?
  7. What does it look like for you to seek the Lord’s help while giving a bold witness?
  8. Is the division in our country this past week about Jesus and what he demands? How should we respond to the emotions, ideas, and idols that are tempting us and ruling our neighbors?
  9. What is your calling and how does it relate to your school, your neighbors, and your work? Are you doing what God has called you to do?

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