The Story:
Discussing Chapter 29

by Living Springs Community Church on June 25, 2016

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 29: Paul’s Mission

Based on Acts 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20; Romans 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 15; 1 Corinthians 1, 3, 5, 4, 6, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16; Galatians 1, 3, 5, 6; 1 Thessalonians 1–5

  • Paul’s first missionary journey
  • Jerusalem Council
  • Paul’s second missionary journey
  • Paul’s third missionary journey

Breaking the ice

What do you like best about the church you attend?

Digging in

God set apart Paul and Barnabas for foreign mission work (p. 407) to help fulfill Christ’s mandate to be witnesses “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Review the list of missionaries supported by your church. Talk about them together, and discuss what their prayer needs might be. Then spend some time praying about those needs.

Reflecting

  1. What differences do you see between Paul’s message to the Jews in the synagogue (p. 408–409) and his message to the Gentiles (p. 411–413)? How do these differences apply to you today?
  2. Compare the story of Lydia with the story of the Philippian jailer. What difference and similarities do you see in how they learned about Jesus and how they responded?
  3. What makes the church in Thessalonica “a model to all the believers” (p. 416–417)? How might that apply to our church?
  4. What problem seems to be at the root of the divisions and quarrels in the church at Corinth (p. 424–425)? Do you see any lessons here for our church?

Praying

Feel free to pray again for your church missionaries (and yourselves!), perhaps applying some of the things you learned during your discussion of this chapter of The Story.

 

For next week…

Chapter 30: Paul’s Final Days

Based on Acts 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28; Ephesians 1–6; 2 Timothy 1–4

  • Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome
  • Paul’s second imprisonment in Rome
  • Paul’s execution
  • John exiled on Patmos

 

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