On the Road Again 27 May

(Message 3) After many adventures and a successful first journey spreading the news about Jesus and starting churches, Paul sets out on the road again a second time. By God’s sovereign design, he meets others who help spread the word and support the mission on his journey to the ends of the earth. #endsoftheearth

The Sovereignty of God:

  1. The salvation of Lydia
  2. The ministry of Lydia
  3. The reaction of Paul and Silas

 

Scripture used: Acts 16:11-15, John 6:37, Acts 16:22-34, Romans 8:28

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  1. Read the following statements and fill in the chart below.  Discuss your finding with the group.

Statement: My success in life depends on me.  My success in life depends on God.  Fill out the chart below with you actions in mind and then with your beliefs in mind.   On a scale of 1 to 10 where would you put your dot?

  • Actions:  In other words, how do you live your life?  Are you dependent upon God’s sovereignty or your abilities?
  • Beliefs:  In other words, what do you know to be true?

  1. How do you define the sovereignty of God?
  • What happens in our life when we fully trust in the sovereignty of God?
  • Read and discuss this gotquestions.org definition

“The sovereignty of God refers to the fact that God is in complete control of the universe.  . . . We can be confident that God will have His way and that it will be good. We can trust that the One who says He loves us is fully able to act on that love in all ways. We can trust that, even when the world seems completely out of control, God is in control. We know He has the big picture covered, so we can trust Him with our daily details.”  www.gotquestions.org/sovereignty-of-God.html

  1. Look at the map at the top of page 1 and discuss the 1st and 2nd missionary journey of Paul.
    • Read Acts 16:6-15. What made his stop in Philippi so significant?
    • Discuss the key events including the conversion of Lydia
  2. Read Acts 16:16-24.
    • Retell verses 17-21 from the perspective of the owners of the girl:  What do you feel about her?
    • About your money?
    • About these missionaries?
  3. Read Acts 16:25-34.  If you were falsely accused, severely beaten and thrown into a dark jail would you still trust in God’s plan?
    • What gave Paul and Silas such a great outlook?
    • Read Romans 8:28. How do we live that way when circumstances don’t go our way?
    • What caused the jailer to give his life to Jesus Christ?
  4. Re-read Acts 16:31. Discuss how the conversion of Lydia and the jailer confirms the sovereignty of God.
    • How were their reactions to the message similar?
  • What has your reaction to the message been?
  • Have you begun your relationship with God?
  • Have you gone public with faith in baptism?
  • Have you noticed changes in your life since you began your relationship with Christ?

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS:

Day 1: Acts 21:1-26

Day 2: Acts 21:27-40

Day 3: Acts 22:1-21

Day 4: Acts 22:22-30

Day 5: Acts 23:1-11

Day 6: Acts 23:12-35

Day 7: Acts 24

DIGGING DEEPER VERSES:

Read Matthew 13-16 (NIV)

v.13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

v.14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

v.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

v.16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

ABC’s

Author: This book is known as the Gospel of Matthew because it was written by the apostle of the same name. The style of the book is exactly what would be expected of a man who was once a tax collector. The book is very orderly and concise.

Background: Matthew intends to prove to the Jews that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah. More than any other Gospel, the Gospel of Matthew quotes the Old Testament to show how Jesus fulfilled the words of the Jewish prophets. Matthew describes in detail the lineage of Jesus from David, and uses many forms of speech that Jews would have been comfortable with. Matthew’s love and concern for his people is apparent through his meticulous approach to telling the gospel story.

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Context: The Gospel of Matthew discusses the lineage, birth, and early life of Christ in the first two chapters. From there, the book discusses the ministry of Jesus. The descriptions of Christ’s teachings are arranged around “discourses” such as the Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5 through 7. Chapter 10 involves the mission and purpose of the disciples; chapter 13 is a collection of parables; chapter 18 discusses the church; chapter 23 begins a discourse about hypocrisy and the future. Chapters 21 through 27 discuss the arrest, torture, and execution of Jesus. The final chapter describes the Resurrection and the Great Commission. (all info *from gotquestions.com)

 

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Step 1 – Observation:  What does the passage say?

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