Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 24, 2022
Passage: Acts 17:10-34
In part 1 of our Upstream series, Mike shares how we can live upstream for the Lord in a downstream world.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is the hardest thing about living for Jesus in a culture that often goes in the opposite direction?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike encouraged us to be like the Bereans who were anchored in Scripture. The Bible plays a central role in helping us follow Jesus well, but we have to engage with it for it to help. What do you see in the following verses that could help motivate someone to spend more time interacting with God’s Word?
Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT2)
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Psalm 19:7-8, 11 (NLT2)
7 The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living. 11 They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
Psalm 119:105 (NLT2)
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:98-100 (NLT2)
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. 99 Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws. 100 I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments.
Which of these benefits have you experienced in your own life?
Which of the benefits in these passages is most motivational for you?
2. In the message, Mike reminded us that we don’t have to have all the answers to share our faith, but keeping our message simple and focused on Jesus is most helpful. The Bible gives us some guidelines for the way we are to go about sharing and talking with others. What can we learn about how to talk and interact with others from the following passages?
2 Timothy 2:23-26 (NLT2)
23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.
Titus 3:1-2 (NLT2)
1 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. 2 They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
- The famous love chapter found in 1 Corinthians 13 easily applies to many of our conversations with others about hot topics in general and specifically when we talk with others about our Christian faith. Read verses 4-5 and replace the word “love” with “how I talk is.” How accurate does this describe the way you talk when it comes to areas of disagreement or talking about your faith in Jesus?
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NLT2)
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
3. The people in Athens responded to the gospel in different ways. Some laughed at Paul. Some said they wanted to hear more about Jesus later. And some believed in Paul’s message and chose to follow Jesus. Response to the gospel today also evokes varied responses from people. Mike said we should expect opposition, stay patient, and join God where He is working. When have you personally experienced opposition for your faith? Where are you currently seeing God work around you? How does this encourage you to keep swimming upstream for 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?