The personal presence and power of Jesus was the only hope the disciples had for preaching forgiveness and repentance and the grace of the gospel to the nations. What role does the Holy Spirit play in our lives today? How does the Holy Spirit work through the people of God for the mission of God?
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Not much attention is given to the ascension of Christ and yet it’s vitally important for how we relate to God and ﬁnd comfort in a dark world.
What does Peter’s role in the mission of God teach us? What does the transformation of Peter teach us about growth and sanctiﬁcation in Christ?
What is our role in proclaiming the gospel and forgiveness to the world?
Mary is confused abut Jesus’s mission of resurrection and thinks she’s encountered the gardener. But after Jesus speaks her name, everything changes.
With the Resurrection, everything changes. We now have hope beyond this life. What implications does this have?
How do we stay connected to the source of all power and life? What are the consequences if we don’t? How does this give a pattern for spiritual formation?
It’s not popular to claim the exclusivity of Christ… he’s the way, truth, and the life. But the claims of Jesus are unique and nothing like other faith systems and philosophies. Jesus’ claims are of divine origin. He is not just oﬀering a way of salvation, but an entire way of being and living.
Jesus says he’s the good shepherd who isn’t like the others. Jesus says he loves and cares for his sheep like no one can. And the beauty of Jesus is that by grace he’s still going after his sheep and bringing them into the fold.
Jesus suggests in his day there were many false Messiah’s and liars pretending to be the way, truth, and the life. But only Jesus can invite us into his family, Kingdom, and blessings now and forevermore. What are the false doors we constantly run through?
How does the person and work of Jesus make him the light of the world? How are we to live as lights in a dark world?
Jesus makes a bold claim that he’s the bread of life. A resource in ancient culture that wouldn’t be taken for granted. The source of life and satisfaction. Jesus is saying the same: I am your source of life and satisfaction
Jonah wanted God’s justice to come to Nineveh and the people of Assyria, but not his love and grace. We need both. But God shows again his unrelenting compassion and deals with Jonah’s anger. What can we learn from this exchange between God and Jonah?
We all have to come to end of ourselves to see our need for God. Jonah is trying to run away from God and going deeper into himself and away from God’s grace. His prayer reveals an encounter with God and his grace. The end of himself.
Jonah runs and God will not let him go. A great storm comes upon the ship and the pagan sailors need Jonah’s help. The response of the sailors contrasted with Jonah’s sleepiness is an eye opening revelation of who Jonah really is. Where Jonah ﬁnds his true identity and hope.
Why would God send Jonah to an enemy of God’s people? Another thing that makes this book interesting is the fact Jonah resists the call. He’s a prophet of God given the words of God for Assyria, and Jonah runs. What does the ﬂight of Jonah reveal about him, us, and God?
Everyone is a worshipper. The question is what and whom do we worship? Our identity and calling as worshippers and disciples do not happen in isolation. They happen in a family we call the Church.
As couples submit to Christ and one another, we get a glimpse into our union with Christ. And we also get a practical way to love our wives: as Christ laid his life down for the church, we are to lay down our live for our spouse. How can marriages be driven and centered on Christ?
Will power and mere eﬀort will not allow us to live God honoring lives. We needed greater power (Holy Spirit), and greater motivations.
We can’t talk about the gospel and Christ and not talk about his bride. Through the church the manifold wisdom of God will be revealed to our society.