Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on August 12, 2018:
- SUNDAY: Malachi 3,
- MONDAY: 1 Corinthians 6,
- TUESDAY: Matthew 6,
- WEDNESDAY: 2 Corinthians 8,
- THURSDAY: 2 Corinthians 9,
- FRIDAY: 1 Timothy 6,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 3,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: The Persecution of the Church Sermon Title: More Intense than We Know
Delivered On: August 5, 2018
“Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” ([bible]Acts 4:19-20[/bible])
When you come up against resistance against your faith being lived out each day, ask God for the courage to stand against the harassing powers of darkness for when you are attacked that is when the light of your life shines brightest. “Oh lord, give me the strength to stand against the evil one” ([bible](Ephesians 6:12)[/bible]).
Stop and Go Make a commitment to stand up against the push back you get because of your faith. Let others see the convictions of your life are real and are embedded in your soul.
Small Group Discussion
Read: the account of Acts 4:13-22. What was upsetting the religious leaders so that they would command Peter and John to stop preaching Jesus Christ?
Read: the account of Acts 5:17- 42. How much does self-preservation play in the way we treat each other?
Read: Ephesians 6:10-18. How is Satan engaged with the persecution of followers of Jesus Christ?
What kind of persecution are you going through presently that wounds your spirit?
Read: Galatians 6:1-5. Who do you have in your life to bear this burden with you during this season of suffering?
Read: James 1:1-8. What wisdom have you gained from your suffering persecution from others?
Read: Acts 8:1-3. Why would God permit the church of His Son to be so persecuted?