Questionable (3) - Questions
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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
What does the fact that the disciples were called Christians (Christ-ones) in Antioch say about these believers?
Barnabas wasn’t just known as a great teacher or church leader, he was known for his character. From this passage and from others in Acts what do we know of Barnabas’ character? What does Acts 11:24 say about the source and the consequence of Barnabas’ character?
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
Why isn’t a Christian’s character about being better than everyone else? What is it about?
Why is Plan BE God’s Plan A? Why is it important to BE the Gospel first?
Josie shared how Jenny’s character led her to Christ. Can you think of someone who displayed the character of Christ to you? What was it about them that struck you?
Do you live with a mugshot mentality - thinking the worst thing you have done now defines you?
1 Timothy 1:13-15
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
1 Corinthians 15:9-10
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am.
If anyone would have lived with a mugshot mentality, it would have been Paul. How did Paul overcome this mugshot mentality?
Why is this Mugshot every Christians’ mugshot?
Why is the Christian life about becoming who we already ARE in Christ?
Why don’t you divide women with women and men with men and answer these questions …
What aspect of your character is the Spirit calling you to work with Him on so you can BECOME more like Jesus?
What’s the step you will take in developing the character of Christ?
How can we pray for you?