Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 28, 2019
Passage: Acts 16:25-33
This Sunday, Mike challenged us to be active members of His team to go out and rescue others with the good news of Jesus. God used an earthquake and faithful witness of Paul and Silas to ultimately rescue the jailer and his family.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Have you ever experienced an earthquake? Describe what you felt and the emotions you experienced.
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Like Paul and Silas in prison, God often places lights in dark places. You are where you are because God wants to use you as a light right where you are. What do the following verses teach us about being lights for Jesus?
Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Philippians 2:14-16 (ESV)
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Acts 13:47 (ESV)
47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
- What do you think it means in a practical sense to be a light for Jesus?
- What dims your light too often? What do you need to change so that doesn’t happen?
2. When the prison doors flung open, Paul and Silas didn’t run out immediately. Instead, they shouted out to the jailer who was severely distraught and fearful of being arrested and executed for allowing the prisoners to escape. Paul exercised compassion on the jailer instead of trying to free himself from jail. After reading the following verses, describe what it means to look out for those in need and show them compassion.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Luke 10:33-34 (ESV)
33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
- Which is more important – showing people God’s love or telling them about His love?
- Is showing compassion easy or hard for you? Explain.
3. The jailer was so moved by what had happened in the jail (praying, singing hymns, earthquake, no one escaped, compassionate plea by Paul) that he asked Paul and Silas how to be saved. What can we learn from Paul and Silas and the following passage about rescuing others for Jesus?
1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
- If someone asked you to tell them why you are so joyful and full of hope all the time, what would you be prepared to share?
- What are some key verses you might need to memorize which could help you explain the good news of Jesus?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?