I am Faith Promise Week 5 – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
When we tell them of Him, we create ripples of hope.

Discussion Starter:
Have you ever realized after hanging out with friends that you missed an opportunity to talk about how Jesus did something in your life? Did that realization make a difference for you?

Introduction:
Jesus and His disciples and Paul set examples of how to be witnesses in everyday life. Talking to people about Jesus and inviting them to accept Him isn’t just a church thing. As forgiven believers we are instructed to tell people what a difference Jesus makes as we go about our daily lives. We should also live in such a way that our family, friends and neighbors can see a difference between us and nonbelievers. We can create opportunities to tell them of Him by our lifestyle.


Encounter God

Primary Scripture: Acts 1:4-8

Discussion Questions:
1. Jesus told His disciples they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit, yet scripture does not record them asking any questions about that process. How would you have reacted to news of the Holy Spirit? What was the focus of the disciples?

2. Read Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus told his disciples to go, make disciples, baptize, and teach. Which of these commands would be the most challenging for you?

3. Read the 6 scriptures that were listed on screen (Romans 3:23, Rom. 6:23, Rom. 5:8, Ephesians 2:8-9, Rom. 10:9-10, Revelation 3:20). Divide the 6 passages among 6 people. (These are called the Plan of Salvation) Have each person tell what the verse says to them.

4. Read I Peter 3:15. Each of us should always be ready to tell about how Jesus works in our lives. Can you do that? Remember that no one can dispute your experience.

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read through the Plan of Salvation verses (Romans 3:23, Rom. 6:23, Rom. 5:8, Ephesians 2:8-9, Rom. 10:9-10, Revelation 3:20) and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the verses.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into dyads or triads for this section.

Read I Peter 3:15. How can you “sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart?” How can you help your group members do this?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Do you have opportunities in your ministry to tell people of Jesus and of the most recent experience you’ve had with Him?

Engaging in Community: What can your group do to tell your neighborhood about Jesus?

Engaging the World: Prayerfully consider going on one of Faith Promise’s mission trips. If you’ve already been, how did the trip change you?


Expand God’s Kingdom

The Faith Promise core value we are looking at this week is “We Tell Them of Him.” When was the first time you ever told someone what Jesus means to you or what He has done in your life? If you never have talked about Jesus, why not?


Leader’s Notes

In Embrace Others, the word “sanctify” from I Peter 3:15 means “to declare that something (anything) belongs to God.”

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

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