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For You This Week
To Try This Week:
As you read in Scripture this week, have a notebook next to you and jot down any highlights you see in the text. At the end of the week, review your highlights and see if you can find themes or big ideas!
This Week’s Reading:
M: Acts 9, 3-5, Judges 6-8, Psalm 46
T: Acts 10, Judges 9-11, Proverbs 20
W: Acts 11, Judges 12-14, Psalm 47
Th: Acts 12, Judges 15-17, Proverbs 20
F: Acts 13, Judges 18-21, Psalm 48
For Your Spiritual Growth Partner this week
When you meet with your Spiritual Growth Partner(s), use these four pillars to make the best use of your time together:
- Open your time in prayer: Ask that through your time in God’s Word, he would be glorified and lifted up.
- Look to the Word: What big ideas are you filtering out of the reading for this week? Are there applications to be sought?
- Process the Sermon: 2 focus questions
- What were the “how” steps Pastor Brian outlined? Do they happen best in a certain order? Which do you struggle with? Are there ways to improve in that area?
- The Little Picture: Why is Mary’s choice considered good by Jesus (Luke 10:41-42)? What is Jesus’ point?
- Faithfully Follow: Use the other resources on this page to choose an application that aligns with what you are learning about God and about yourself.
For Your Group this week
- Ice Breaker:
- Ice breaker:
- Share a time someone was neighborly to you. What did they do? How did that make you feel?
- Ice breaker:
All discussion questions:
- After last week’s sermon, did you notice anyone “hurting” around you? Did you move toward them?
- Review the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37.
- Why does Jesus answer the lawyer with a story instead of a straight answer?
- How do the actions of the lawyer, priest, and Levite match the image of the teachers of the law, hypocrites, Pharisees, and those who will say “Lord, Lord…” Jesus presented in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:21-23)?
- How might one justify the actions of the priest and the Levite? See Leviticus 21:1-3; Numbers 19:11-22. [Suggestions: They thought he was dead; could be a robber posing as wounded; could be late for their religious duties in Jericho.] What may be possible reasons we use to not help the needy?
- Give some examples from the Gospels of Jesus living out the point of his story.
- Pastor Brian mentioned various groups of people that believers should “cross the road” to be neighborly toward. If you honestly look at yourself, are you uncomfortable moving towards certain people or groups of people?
- How does the Gospel and its impact on your life motivate you to cross the road? Should it?
- Leader Guide PDF
Family or Date Night Activity:
Watch Season 2, Episode 1 of “The Chosen.” Note the focus the film maker puts on the Good Samaritan story. Remember that he is taking some liberties with extra-biblical speculation for the sake of the overall story. Ponder how what Jesus does fulfills the purpose of his ministry as presented in Luke 4:18-19. You can access the premiere for free on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m9fL8iJAoU
Songs for encouragement:
Gospel in Everyday Life:
How can I sit better at Jesus’s feet and be led by him? How can I be more attentive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings in my life?
Take some time this week to sit with Jesus without an agenda from your end. Remove distractions from your space, heart and mind. Ask God’s Spirit to lead your thoughts and ideas in this time. What is he saying to you?
For further study:
TransAct Hope is a local organization that seeks to come alongside families to support them as they break free from cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction. They are looking for people who would like to commit to building long-term casual and persistent relationships with program participants. You can find out more about the organization here: http://transacthope.org/mission/ Use the contact form and someone will be in touch with you about opportunities to “cross the road” to the hurting in our own community.