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Acts | Roadblocks, Delays, and Detours

by Jason Hardy on October 17, 2021

Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.

Connect:

  • Are you happy with the current pace of your life? If not, what would you like to change? If yes, what have you done to keep your current pace?

Digging Deeper: Read Acts 15:36-16:10

  • What stands out to you from this passage of scripture? Give the Holy Spirit a moment to lead you to specific thoughts, words, or phrases. What insight, questions, or observations do you have? What questions do you find yourself asking at you read this text? Write them down, and as a group try to answer them.

  • In Acts 15:36-39, Paul and Barnabas got in a sharp disagreement. What was the disagreement about? Who was right, and who was wrong? What was the outcome of their division?
  • What is significant about where Barnabas choose to take John Mark? How is Barnabas’s relationship with John Mark similar to his relationship with Paul?
  • How did Paul and Timothy accommodate their Jewish brethren for the sake of the Gospel? Was their accommodation hypocritical considering the decision of the Jerusalem council in Acts 15?
  • What is significant in the change of pronouns used in Acts 16:7-10. Was there a reason for the Holy Spirit to give Paul a detour?

Make It Personal:

  • On Sunday Pastor Jason made the point, “We are mostly focused on where we are going. God is mostly focused on who we are becoming. What a tragedy is would be to finally get to the right place and end up being the wrong person when you get there.” Do you tend to be more focused on where you want to go in life, or who you are becoming?
  • In Acts 16, we see Timothy choose to get circumcised in order not to be a stumbling block for the Gospel to reach his Jewish brethren. How might we accommodate others in our own contexts to not be a stumbling block to reach others with the Gospel?

  • We are told in Acts 16 that the Holy Spirit forbid Paul from entering Asia to preach the Gospel; instead the Holy Spirit led him to Macedonia. Have you experienced the Holy Spirit leading your life, similar to how he led Paul’s? What methods do you find the Holy Spirit uses to guide and direct you?
  • On Sunday Pastor Jason made the point, “A healthy follower of Jesus follows at Jesus’ pace.” Do you feel like you are personally following at Jesus’ pace or another pace? What would it practically look like in your life to follow at Jesus’ pace? How would you know when you were on His pace?
  • Pastor Jason described how conflict, fear, and roadblocks are all opportunities the Holy Spirit will use to lead us into Jesus’ will. What current conflict, fears, and roadblocks might Jesus be using to lead you to become who He wants you to be, and where He wants you to be?
  • What is one take away or action that you have gained from this week’s sermon, life group, or personal study?

Tags: jesus, god, path, holy spirit, fear, change, conflict, journey, pace, transformation, relationship, detours

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