Reading this week:
This week we focus on Paul’s example of a reproducing life, beginning with his conversion experience and ending with his testimony. Watch especially for how Paul’s ministry of preaching and evangelism strengthened the church. Learn from Paul how a reproducing lifestyle and a healthy church work together.
Monday: Acts 9:1-31, The Damascus Road
Paul went to Damascus to stop “The Way” from spreading to the economic hub of the Middle East. God had other plans! Who are the Ananias and Barnabas figures in your life? What is keeping you from being more bold in your speaking?
Tuesday: Acts 11:19-30 and 13:1-3, In Antioch
Why was Paul especially suited to the mission in Antioch? What are the roles of persecution and prayer in these stories? How have you experienced the “set apart” nature of ministry?
Wednesday: Acts 16, The Missionary “We”
This is the classic missionary story, with all the elements of God’s hand at work. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in this passage? How does Paul summarize the Good News? When did you hear the “word of the Lord” so clearly (see 16:31-34)?
Thursday: Acts 19:1-22, Paul in Ephesus
What was Paul’s strategy for spreading the word of the Lord “widely” and with power? How do you identify with the opposition that Paul encountered? Who are your Apollos and Timothy who are being prepared to follow your ministry?
Friday: Acts 26, Paul’s testimony
How does Paul’s story reflect your story? How prepared are you to share your origins story? When did you last have the opportunity to share your testimony? We’ll be sharing our origin stories at our Second Sunday Supper on Sept. 10!
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Gospel and Resurrection
Why is resurrection so important to Paul’s understanding of the gospel? (Hint: Can a dead Jesus be your living Lord?) What evidence for the resurrection do you find most compelling? How has resurrection made a difference in your life?