“Vision Sunday”

[Week 1]

Acts 2:36-47

Verse of the Week

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:46-47

The Big Idea

The gospel is what starts the church, sustains the church and grows the church.

The Gospel (VS 36-41)

Peter had just laid out the gospel message beautifully. As the people heard the message of the gospel it says that they were cut to the heart, meaning they were deeply moved.  Their response was “what shall we do?” We must ask ourselves this same question but realize that once we believe in Christ and confess him as Lord and Savior, the work has already been done.  The “do” was done when Jesus cried out on the cross “IT IS FINISHED”.   Because “it is finished”, our response is obedience.  Peter says to repent and be baptized.  Repenting nor baptism is what saves you however it is evidence that you are saved and there has been a heart change.   

 

“The gospel isn’t just the ABC’s of Chrisitianity, it is the A through Z.” -JD Greer.  What this means is that the gospel isn’t just how we start our life as a believer. The Gospel is how we have the power to live out our walk as a believer.  Romans 1:16 says For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it IS THE POWER of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.   Paul is saying that there is power in the gospel.  The gospel is what gives us the power to “do” what God commands us to do. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to repent and be baptized? 
     

  2. What is the promise in vs 38-39?

 

Gospel Response (vs. 42-45)

In these next verses we see what happens when people truly understand the gospel.  It changes our desires and direction. The writer of Acts tells us that the new believers were devoted.  They were devoted to learning from the apostles,  meaning they had a hunger to learn more about the Word.  They were also devoted to fellowshipping with other believers which included sharing a meal and praying for each other.  So, they wanted to be with other believers. The Gospel brings about unity in the life of believers.  

 

We also see that the new believers started seeing the needs of each other and had a desire to meet those needs.  People became generous and started selling things just so that others would not go without.  The truth is, the gospel demands a response.  When we truly understand what God has done for us, how generous He is to us, we naturally want to respond to others in the same way.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some things that you are devoted to?  How much time, energy and money do you spend on these things? 
     

  2. Read John 17:20-23.  How does it make you feel to know that one of Jesus’ last prayers was for us to be unified?

Results of Gospel Centered Devotion, Generosity and Unity (vs. 45-47)

As the new believers responded to the gospel, many lives were being changed. A healthy Chrisitan community attracts people to Jesus.  When we truly understand the gospel and respond to it, the “what shall I do?” beccomes “what can I do?” and “how can I serve?”  This  is a heart of worship.  As we go out worshiping and have joy, other people see the power of the gospel. They then want to know “what do they have that I do not?”  This gives each of us the opportunity to share our testimony of how the gospel changed our lives. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What attracted you to Connect group?
     

  2. What does it look like to sit on the other side of you?  Does your life exhibit joy and worship? 

Question Bank
 

  1. How has your week been spiritually?
     

  2. What is God teaching you through this passage?
     

  3. What’s your next step in your relationship with God? How will you turn this next step into action this week?

Call to Action

  • Share your next step with 1 person inside or outside of group and invite them to hold you accountable.
     

  • Talk about Group with at least 1 person.