“Tell of a time (season) of significant spiritual growth for yourself?” (salvation?, discipled?, parent?, friend, other?)
*Note: T-shirt exchange starting 6/19 - ‘green baseball shirt’ free exchange or $10, & new yard signs
6/20-6/23 Kid’s "Student Life for Kids" Summer Camp
6/26 “Family Night” of VBS - dates 6/26-6/30 VBS 6:00pm
7/6 No Wednesday PM ministries (kids, students) on campus
7/10 Family Meeting - our semi-annual business meeting 4:00pm
7/16-7/21 Student’s "Student Life” Summer Camp
“We Are The Church” week 2, the focus is on the people. The early church in Acts was made up of many different people and so is the church today. In Acts 1:13-15 we learn there are 120 disciples waiting for the promised Holy Spirit… then after Peter preached (after receiving Holy Spirit), we see an incredible response to the gospel with 3,000 people being added to the followers of Christ in Acts 4:41. Talk about church growth and a mix of new people! The church of 120 exploded to a mega church of 3,120 including people of different backgrounds, languages, spiritual maturity, etc. And Acts 2 verses 42-47 gives us detailed insight into some of their beliefs and practices.
Key Passages: Acts 2:42-47, 1 Cor 12
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Every person each Sunday is somewhere on this path… Observing, Discovering, Understanding, Believing, Maturing, Serving or Leading. ( Or another way to look at it… Non-Believer -> Beginner -> Believer -> Follower -> Disciple)
- How does this change the way you view those “gathered” for worship on Sundays? How should it?
- Read Acts 2:42. The word “devoted” carries the meaning “perseveringly devoted” or “continuing steadfastly”. Why do you think the early church devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching? What implications does that have for the church today? (unity, same mission, God glorified)
- Given the described people differences in the early church, why was fellowship so important for the early church? Why is it important for the church today?
- What are some of the positives of “differences”? What are possible “negatives”
- Read 1 Cor 12. Does the life of our church look anything like the body that Paul described in 1 Corinthians 12? How so? If not, why do you think this is?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray this week for 40 (kids + leaders) at Kids Camp - for salvations, for steps towards faith, for safety.