Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, February 4, 2018

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

POWER Series – POWER to be a WITNESS

MEETUP WEEK #1 Format: MEET-UP Questions

 

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: You were EMPOWERED by the Holy Spirit to be God’s witness. It’s His power, but our responsibility to live it out.

 

START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:

Share an often-shared favorite story from your family with the group.

 

Share you earliest memory of how and when someone shared their faith and the story of Jesus with you? Was it a relative, a Sunday School teacher, a friend?

 

BIBLE READING:

Please Read ACTS 2:1 – 21 (ESV) – The Coming of the Holy Spirit

2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

 

Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

 

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

 

Please Read ACTS 1:8 (ESV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

What parts of the scripture passage stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging? What does this passage tell us about “POWER” and where it originates from?

 

God has EMPOWERED you to be a witness:

1.) It starts with UNITY?

Describe the difference between unity and uniformity? Why is that important to make that distinction?

 

2.) You have to speak in other People’s Language?

 

Pastor Mike said that it is important to use the language of love. What do you think he meant by that and what is an example of how we can use the “language of love”?

 

There are officially five ways to express or receive love: the five love languages. The term was first coined by Gary Chapman in his 1995 book “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate”. According to Chapman, there are five ways we express and experience love (he calls them “love languages”): Gift Giving, Quality Time, Physical Touch, Acts of Service (Devotion), and Words of Affirmation. We all “speak” one of them most fluently in each of our relationships – especially in a marriage.   One way to better understand yours or someone else’s love language is by visiting the 5 Love Languages Website and by taking the quiz on their website or through their App. It takes less than five minutes and your group can pause to take the quiz right now or it can serve as homework. The link is:

5 Love Languages – Take the quiz:

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/

 

3.) Be prepared for some to be AMAZED & some to MOCK

The more you love Jesus, the less you care about what other’s think or say. Are there things people can say or areas of your life that you are more sensitive to be mocked about? (i.e. Your past, your family or family relationships, a particular physical feature, your integrity, your faith, etc.)

 

Jesus modeled the following format to help make others feel included:

  • Belong –> Believe –> Behave

Do you understand this progression? What are its strengths? What are its weaknesses? What are some ways in your life that you can practice this approach when sharing your faith and including people in church and the things of faith?

 

ACTION ITEMS:

What is your story of God’s Glory? How did God change you? What did God Bring you out of? Name three specific and significant ways God has reveled glory through your life and story.

 

Gut check time: What is holding you back, today from sharing what God’s story? Tell group about any fears or obstacles you have in sharing your faith with others.

Close your group time in prayer, and pray to overcome the above fears and obstacles. Also, this week, share your faith in a way that directly addresses one of your stated fears or obstacles.

 

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