1. Why do we need to teach children to share?
2. In the DVD segment, Randy gave a snapshot of the Gospel and reminded us that if we believe that Jesus was God among us, lived a sinless life, died for our sins, and rose again, we can become children of God. How did you learn this truth and who has God used to share the message with you?
3. Jesus was clear that our source of power to share His life-giving message is the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His followers that their ministry would occur in four distinct locations (Acts 1:8; The Story, p. 389). How do you see God using your congregation and the church at large in each of the following places:
a. Jerusalem (your hometown/neighborhood)
b. Judea (your surrounding community and region)
c. Samaria (the tough places that many people avoid)
d. The ends of the earth (around the nation and the world)
4. Along with sharing the message and love of Jesus, we are also called to share our resources/material goods, meals/fellowship, and our lives. What are some ways we can invest ourselves in the people around us?
5. What kinds of conflict and spiritual battle did the early Christians face as they tried to share Jesus’ message? How do we deal with similar types of challenges as we reach out with the Gospel message?
6. Peter (Acts 4:8-12; The Story, p. 394), Stephen (Acts 6:8-15, 7:51-60; The Story, pp. 397-399), and later the Apostle Paul were clear that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, the only hope for salvation. How did people respond to that bold claim in the religiously diverse ancient world? How do people respond today to that exclusive claim by Christians?
7. The risen Jesus called His followers to be His witnesses. How can we share the Gospel in the following ways:
a. By sharing the story of Jesus
b. By sharing the story of how we came to believe in Jesus as our Savior
c. By sharing stories of the presence and power of Jesus at work in our life today