Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on July 1, 2018:
- SUNDAY: Genesis 1, Psalm 19,
- MONDAY: Genesis 2, Psalm 8,
- TUESDAY: Genesis 3-4, Genesis 6:1-8,
- WEDNESDAY: Romans 1, Romans 7,
- THURSDAY: Psalm 14, Psalm 51, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6,
- FRIDAY: Ephesians 2,
- SATURDAY: 1 John 1:8, 1 John 2:17,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: The Book of Acts: The Works of the Holy Spirit Sermon Title: The Pathway of the Holy Spirit
Delivered On: June 24, 2018
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. ([bible]Acts 16:6-7[/bible])
Ask for a heart that is receptive to hear when the Spirit says “Stop” or “Go.” Pray for boldness when the Holy Spirit opens the doors to share the love, grace, and story of Jesus with someone who needs to know about God’s love. Ask God to give you power to follow His leading even when it involves struggle, suffering, or sacrifice.
Stop and Go Make a commitment to stop one thing you feel the Spirit has been convicting you about and to also start one thing you know God has been prompting you to do. Ask someone else to pray for you and keep you accountable to follow through on both of these.
Small Group Discussion
Read: Acts 16:6-10 Tell about a time you felt prompted by the Spirit to stop or quit something. How did you respond to this prompting and what happened?
Tell about a time you felt God pressing you to go or do something. When you followed, how did God show up and bring glory to Himself?
Read: Acts 16:16-18 What are some of the spiritual conflicts we might face if we follow Jesus and His will in our world? What are ways we can respond to these conflicts to battle the work of the enemy?
What is one spiritual conflict you are facing right now? How can your group members pray for you and support you in this time?
Read: Acts 16:19-21 What is a human conflict you are facing and how can your group members pray for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit to help you make it through?
Read: Acts 16:22-24 All through the Bible we learn that faithful and God-honoring people still face conflict and suffering. What are some reasons God allows His children to suffer and face conflict in life? How can our suffering actually advance the work of God in our world?
Read: Acts 16:25 Why can Christians remain joyful in times of great suffering, persecution, or hardship? What hard thing are you facing and how can your group members pray for you as you seek to remain joyful in Jesus, even in this hard time?
How can the community of other believers become a source of joy and comfort in the hard times we face? What are ways your group can become a community of support, help, and encouragement when you each face times of suffering and hardship?