The Story:
Discussing Chapter 30

by Living Springs Community Church on July 3, 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 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

Breaking the ice

Who is someone who has been a mentor to you? How did you find this person and enter into a mentoring relationship?

Digging in

Paul’s letter were originally written to young Christians he was shepherding and young churches he had planted. His writings are full of advice, encouragement, reminders, and instruction. These words are still applicable to churches today.

Reflecting

  1. In what ways were Paul’s sufferings similar to the sufferings of Jesus?
  2. Paul was a Jewish religious leader and a Roman citizen. At various points he used either set of credentials to make a point or accomplish a goal. What can we learn from Paul about exercising civil rights here though our true citizenship is in heaven?
  3. What does Paul’s life teach you about perseverance? What might perseverance look like in your situation?

Praying

Pray for the wisdom to discern how to balance courage and gentleness in your relationships with people who don’t know Jesus.

 

For next week…

Chapter 31: The End of Time

Based on Revelation 1–5 and 19–22

  • John becomes a disciple
  • John is exiled on Patmos
  • John writes his revelation

 

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