Welcome to a deeper dive into this week’s sermon! Our hope is that we’ll all follow the pattern of Jesus and gather with a few other people regularly to learn and grow spiritually. Be sure you read each Bible section out loud. If you can’t get to every question, just pick a few and go for it. Before you start, take a moment of silence, then pray that the Holy Spirit will fill your conversations as you study God’s word and discuss its application to your life. Have a great time!
Who has been a “beautiful threat” in your life? Meaning, someone who was stronger than you, but loved you deeply; and they were willing to challenge you, even confront you to bring about the best in your life? Share you a story about how they influenced your life.
Read aloud Acts 4:1-22, then discuss what stands out to you.
In the sermon, we discovered that Jesus is a threat to the Sadducees in at least three ways: he is the highest authority, the only remedy and he is supernatural. Remember, the Sadducees were religious and political leaders of Israel. They tried to keep the Roman Empire happy by not offending them with their temple practices. Furthermore, they didn’t believe in angels, demons or the idea of resurrection. Their faith system was mostly based on trying to have good behaviour and follow religious rules. Why then was Jesus such a threat to them?
Do you see Jesus to be a beautiful threat to you? In other words, do you ever try to find security in your position, possessions or power? Those three things tend to give us a sense of security and identity. They give us access to relationships and opportunities. And often we want to hang on those more than hanging on to Jesus. How is it that Jesus challenges you to find security and identity in him instead?
Who would you love to see enjoying a relationship with Jesus? In other words, who is presently not enjoying the leadership of Jeus in their lives, and you would love to see them surrender to his leadership and rescue, in such a way that they receive his forevgeness and leadership. List three people.
What step can you take this week to present someone with the beautiful threat of Jesus?