In the message this past Sunday at Renovation Church, I had the honor of teaching through Acts 14:21-28. Specifically, we studied verses 21-22 to learn more about what it looks like to be a disciple and the importance of having our souls strengthened. The message is below and you can find the “Sermon Discussion Guide” underneath the message.
We will be meeting on Wednesday at 8pm via Zoom to go through this discussion guide. Connection info is here: https://renovationchurchsd.com/online-service-information/
Book of Acts – Week 35
Before working on this discussion guide, please do the following:
1. Watch the message from this past Sunday if you were unable to attend the online service. You can find the message on our Facebook Page and on our website (renovationchurchsd.com).
2. Spend 5 minutes or so in prayer. You can either pray through the “Lord’s Prayer” or simply share what is on your heart. It is also good to spend at least 1 full minute in silence so that God can quiet your heart and mind as you prepare to study the Scriptures.
1. Read slowly and prayerfully through Acts 14:21-28. What stands out to you? What questions do you still have after reading through the text? Tyler ended up only sharing two of the things we can do instead of all four from this text due to time. As you read through this passage, what are some other things we can do to strengthen our souls?
2. In the beginning of the message, Tyler shared some common signs of “mission drift” or “feeling lost.” These signs are below. Do you resonate with any of them? Why do you think that is?
1. You start to question the reason you are doing the things you do in life
2. You start each day feeling horrible
3. You feel as if you are disconnected from the people around you
4. You are constantly thinking destructive, pessimistic thoughts
5. You think that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel
3. According to Acts 14:21, disciples are created through the Gospel. This is also highlighted in 1 Peter 1:23-25 – read through this passage. What stands out to you? If a somebody asked you, “What is the Gospel?” how would you answer them?
4. One of the primary ways we continue in the faith is by practicing spiritual disciplines. Have you ever studied spiritual disciplines before or is this a new concept to you? If you have studied them, what are 1 or 2 spiritual disciplines that have been especially helpful to you on your faith journey?
5. Another way that we strengthen our soul is through developing a theology of suffering. First, share in your words what the phrase “theology of suffering” means. Second, read through 1 Peter 2:19-25. What stands out to you? What further questions do you have about the place of suffering in the life of a Christian?
6. Finally, what is at least one way you are seeking to apply this message to your life this week?