Mankind can be restored to God when he sends revival, but we must assume the proper posture.
Do you have good posture?
This week, Pastor Matt continued in our Holy Land series by addressing revival. He walked us through the very first revival at Pentecost when God sent his Holy Spirit to indwell the believers so that they could “do even greater works” (John 14:12). And did they ever?!? This was the beginning of the growth of Christianity, where the gospel was advanced in a radical way. That day, 3000 new believers were added to the kingdom. We learned only God can send revival, but our posture can position us to experience it. It starts with us confessing our sins and weaknesses and recognizing the greatness of God. In addition, we must also be in his word and on our knees in prayer- seeking for him to mold us and guide us. Finally, Pastor Matt stressed that true revival is more than emotions; it is about restoring us to God’s desired condition, as his image bearers, to walk in constant connection to him through the Holy Spirit. The gospel is continuing to advance-how are you part of the revival?
Read Acts 2:1-4.
1. God made His appearance known to the apostles in a supernatural way with powerful wind and tongues of fire, but sometimes, God speaks to us in a still small voice. Have you experienced frustration as you wait to hear from the Lord? Are you currently waiting? How can a believer pray as they are waiting on a word from the Lord?
2. Can you share a time of waiting that ended with an answer and clear direction from God?
Read Acts 2:5-12.
3. This passage supports that God does extraordinary things with ordinary people through the power of the Holy Spirit. In what ways do you doubt he can do something extraordinary through you? What do you need to surrender in your life so that God can work?
Read Acts 2:13-38.
4. Peter gave a powerful, spirit-filled message explaining to the audience that the Holy Spirit had come and Jesus had been raised from the dead. The people were “cut to the heart” and asked what they should do. Peter’s response was the same then as it is today for anyone who wants to follow Christ. Are you prepared to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others? If you have done so in the past, please consider telling your group how you share the gospel.
Read Matthew 4:4; Psalm 119:11.
5. The Matthew verse was Jesus’ answer to Satan as He was tempted in the desert for 40 days. Even in a weakened state, Jesus was able resist the devil. How did he do it? How can you apply this truth to your life to withstand the devil’s schemes?
According Acts 2:42-47, the first Christians were not content to meet for weekly services! Their faith was a day-to-day reality because the risen Lord was a reality to them; the Holy Spirit was at work in their lives. Discuss ways your group lives out this reality week after week. Are there additional areas God may be calling you to explore as a group? Consider prayer, Bible reading, service, scripture memorization, mission, etc.
Pray for God to send a revival to Knoxville! Pray that each member of your small group and the church at large will adopt the posture that will usher in revival in East Tennessee-that we will be humble and confess our sins, acknowledging the greatness of God so that we can be restored to the relationship he always intended for us. Pray that God will enable, equip and empower promisors with his Spirit to share the good news of Christ!
We encourage groups to try the Discovery Bible Method as an alternative to these discussion questions. You will find details for this Bible study method here. For this week, please study Acts 2:37-47.
Supplemental Resource – The Bible Project, a non-profit popular on YouTube, breaks down each book of the Bible to help Christ followers understand how each book fits into the grand narrative of the Bible which ultimately points to Jesus. This link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGbNw855ksw is about the book of Acts.
1. Spend quiet time reading the Word, reflecting on it and responding in prayer. Approach the Lord with humility, patience and the willingness to listen.
2. Answers may vary.
3. Fears, doubt, control, etc.
4. These truths should be covered:
The truth about God–he is the creator and sustainer of all. He has an absolute claim over our lives.
The truth about sin–it separates us from God, and we need to be reconciled to him.
The truth about Jesus–he is the only way for reconciliation.
The truth about man’s reasonable response–the only way for us to be reconciled is through faith in Jesus, repentance, and living a transformed life in the power of the Holy Spirit.
5. Jesus rebuked Satan with God’s word. Know God’s word and obey it.