Sermon-Based Group Study
For the message on November 13, 2022
Passage: Acts 28:17-22
Looking back at your notes from this Sunday’s message, what part of the message spoke to you the most? What encouraged you the most? What challenged you the most?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
In part 6 of our How to Get Through What You’re Going Through series, Mike shared three lessons for how to thrive after the storm has passed.
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. After some major life storms had battered Paul, he finally arrived in Rome in his private quarters. After settling into his new accommodations, Mike shared that Paul turned his attention to others by telling the Jewish leaders about Jesus being the hope they had been looking for. Paul could have hidden from others and anxiously awaited his confrontation with Caesar. Instead, he got right back to putting the needs of others ahead of his own. Using the following passage from Paul’s letter to the Roman believers, list some attitudes and actions that will help us keep our attention on the needs of the people all around us.
Romans 12:9-13 (NLT2)
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Why is it so easy to isolate ourselves and neglect the needs of those around us when we go through adversity?
Why do we need to begin focusing on others and serving people’s needs when we experience a major storm in life?
2. In the message, Mike noted that one of the big issues we battle when coming out of a storm is bitterness and resentment. We may become bitter toward God or someone who hurt us in some way. How do the following passages suggest we overcome bitterness?
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT2)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Matthew 18:21-35 (NLT2)
21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! 23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. 26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. 28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. 29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. 31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. 35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
Why is extending forgiveness so difficult after someone has offended or hurt us?
How does unforgiveness keep us from spiritually thriving?
When have you struggled with forgiving someone?
3. Paul was undaunted by the storms he had endured. His passion to help others know about the hope of Jesus consumed him. Even while he was incarcerated, he spent his energy telling others about the hope of Jesus. In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter tells us to always be prepared to tell others about the hope that we have as followers of Jesus. What insight does the following passage give you for how to tell others how Jesus is the hope that gets you through the storms of life?
Colossians 4:2-6 (AMP)
2 Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving. 3 And at the same time pray for us also, that God may open a door to us for the Word (the Gospel), to proclaim the mystery concerning Christ (the Messiah) on account of which I am in prison; 4 That I may proclaim it fully and make it clear [speak boldly and unfold that mystery], as is my duty. 5 Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity. 6 Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].
If someone asked you how you got through your most recent storm, what would you say?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?