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Small Groups

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
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Application

  • What was your main takeaway from the sermon?
  • Did the Holy Spirit lead you into any situations this week where you had an opportunity to put your takeaway(s) into practice?
  • What impact did those opportunities have on you spiritually?

Discussion Questions

  • Cory described this passage as a depiction of spiritual maturity. How would you say spiritual maturity can be measured/observed? Do you feel like your own life is exhibiting maturity? Are there any specific things that the Lord is leading you to work on?
  • If spiritual maturity is the goal of ministry, how important is it that a church has a coherent plan to help people grow? What are some potential threats to a plan like this?
  • Discipleship, care, and mission are the three priorities that we want to see in each group. Everyone tends to gravitate to the things that are comfortable, natural, and important to them. Which of the three do you most easily relate to? Which of the three priorities do you find more difficult to practice?
  • Sharing life together is an obvious feature of the early church in Acts. What are some things that you can do to build deeper relationships with people from church? As you develop deeper relationships, how can you avoid becoming “in-grown” (overly and only concerned with other believers and not engaged in reaching the lost)?
  • Creative thinking: How does the earthly ministry of Christ perfectly display these priorities?