Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on October 31, 2021
Passage: Acts 9:23-31
This Sunday, Mike continued our “Live Sent” series by looking at the powerful encouragement that Saul received as he tried to join the Apostles in Jerusalem.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
When have some friends helped you out of a bad situation?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the sermon, Mike talked about the power of Barnabas’ presence in the life of Saul. Saul was being hunted by the Jews because they wanted to kill him. And, he was being rejected by the Apostles because they feared him. When Saul was all alone and nowhere to turn, Barnabas came alongside Saul. He walked with Saul into Jerusalem to persuade the Apostles to accept him. Based on the following passages, why is it important to be with someone in times of crisis or struggle, even if we don’t know the right words to say?
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT2)
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Mark 14:32-34 (NLT2)
32 They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. 34 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
- What does it say about the character of Barnabas that he accompanied Saul when had nowhere to go? What did Barnabas risk by being with Saul?
- It’s been said, “The deeper the hurt, the fewer the words needed.” Why do you think this is true?
2. A second way that Saul received encouragement was that Barnabas spoke up for him before the Apostles in Jerusalem. Barnabas described Saul’s salvation experience with Jesus and how Saul had preached boldly about Jesus in Damascus.
- Where is it hardest for you to feel accepted?
- Who has been a Barnabas to you–encouraging you or helping you feel accepted?
- How did that person go about encouraging you?
- According to Hebrews 3:13, how often do we need encouragement? How often do you give encouragement to the people you encounter each day? How have you been encouraged by others recently?
3. A third way that Saul was encouraged in his journey was the actions of other believers. According to the passage below, what did they do for Saul?
Acts 9:25, Acts 9:29-30 (NLT2)
25 So during the night, some of the other believers lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the city wall… 29 He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him. 30 When the believers heard about this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus, his hometown.
- What risks did these believers take by helping Saul?
- Why is it not always easy to encourage others by our actions and good deeds?
- What is one way you can encourage someone this week by a simple act of kindness?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?