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SGQ - September 24, 2017

09.24.17 | Small Group Questions | by Jeff Lincicome

SGQ - September 24, 2017

    Acts 11:19-30

    1. Part of SPC’s identity is to be Mission Minded. How have you engaged in mission through the life of SPC? What has it done in you through the process?

    2. 25 years ago, Christian songwriter Rich Mullins commented, “Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken…This, I know, will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they’re wrong. They are not bad, they’re just wrong.” Who were you taught growing up where on the outside of Christianity? What if anything has changed in you since then? What caused the change?

    3. Richard Rohr says, “Before the truth sets you free, it tends to make you miserable.” What do you think the Jerusalem church was thinking when they heard about Gentiles coming to faith in Jesus Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit without abiding by the Jewish laws? How would this new movement of God affect them?

    4. Barnabas is a great example for the church today. He went to Antioch with open eyes and heart, saw the Holy Spirit alive and well, and brought Paul in to nurture and encourage their new found faith. Who in your life brought you deeper into the life of faith with Jesus Christ? Who was your Barnabas?

    5. To be Mission Minded means that we are willing to look outside of ourselves and see what God is doing in the Other, and welcome them in. As you think about your church family, who in our community are the “Other” that need a place in our fellowship? What stands in the way?