Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on June 28, 2020
Passage: Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 18:1-26
This Sunday, Mike continued our summer series on the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT by looking at the example of Priscilla and Aquila and how they demonstrated kindness.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Can you think of a time recently when someone went out of their way to show you kindness? Describe what happened and how it impacted you.
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Aquila and Priscilla were kind to Paul by giving him a place to live and supporting his ministry through their trade of tent-making. Why should we be kind in our giving to others according to the following verses?
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (ESV)
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Matthew 10:42 (ESV)
42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
Luke 6:38 (ESV)
38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
What keeps you from being more generous with your time, talent, and treasure?
When has another believer’s generosity encouraged you personally?
2. In addition to their generosity, Priscilla and Aquila were kind to Paul by accompanying him to Syria. Sometimes the kindest thing we can do for someone is just be with them and support them with our presence. How can we show kindness through our presence according to the following verses?
2 Timothy 4:16-17 (ESV)
16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Who has helped you get through a tough time and how did their presence make a difference more than their words?
3. The kindness of Aquila and Priscilla was also displayed in the way they spoke to Apollos and helped him come to a fuller understanding of the gospel. Notice that kindness sometimes involves tough conversations. What can you learn about having those tough conversations from the following verses?
Galatians 6:1 (ESV)
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
James 5:19-20 (ESV)
19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Galatians 2:11-14 (ESV)
11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
Proverbs 27:6 (ESV)
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
Do you typically run toward difficult conversations or run away from them?
When has someone been kind enough to have a difficult conversation with you about an area of your life you needed to change? How did that impact you? What effect did it have on your relationship?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?