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Acts 3 – God, Peter, and the lame men’s Perspectives

By September 1, 2019April 21st, 2020No Comments
OB1 LifeGroup Questions
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Facilitator, you know your group the best. Choose to go as deep as you want with these questions, read the room & choose the best course of discussion. It is entirely possible that God will stir up a discussion that is not found in these questions. You don’t have to answer all of these questions together. It’s not an assignment to complete
Make sure to pray together before you start, and invite the Holy Spirit to lead your time together. It’s possible that there are more questions to be answered here then you will have time for tonight. Select the ones that you think will be the most productive for your group.
The Book of Acts – Week 4
Pastor Julian Malotti 
Scripture Context:
Read Acts 3:1-4:2
Today’s Question: What do we do with God’s timing & how He equips us?
Q1The Will & Plan of God 
Pastor Julian began the sermon by pointing out the fact that Jesus walked past this man many times & never healed this man.
That may seem strange, but Jesus did leave things for His disciples to do. We are the messengers!
How does “going the extra mile” or “being the answer to your own question” encourage you, the person with the need & the world around us?
Why is it good to move beyond prayer alone?
(We are in no way diminishing the power & place of prayer in our life. God is listening. God does care.)
Q2: Trusting in God’s Timing
God sometimes says “no.” God sometimes says “later.” In this account, Jesus’ “later” for this man was for a greater glory at the proper time.
Pastor Julian reminded us how important hope is, and how essential it is to surrender to God’s will at the same time.
Think about Jesus’ prayer in the garden: “Not my will but Yours be done.”
How have you seen God Day “later” in your life and in the lives of others?
Q3God Interruptions
Learning to listen for the whispers of God through His Holy Spirit is very important.
Pastor Julian reminded us that we need to be ready & willing to be interrupted in the middle of our day-to-day schedules by the nudges of the Holy Spirit.
We need to pray that God makes us more sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Julian told a story about prepping to go surfing when he got a phone call where someone needed help in that moment.
Have you experienced moments like this? How has God hijacked your plans to accomplish something better?
Q4Taking that next step
Comforting a hurting person is good.
Pastor Julian reminded us how important it is to take people to the next step & introduce them to Jesus.
God will use those divine interruptions in our life to bring a divine appointment with the Gospel into the life of the other person.
Pair up with someone in your group (not your spouse or family member) and practice taking that next step with someone. Share a prayer request, allow the other person to pray with you & then let them take that next step to bring Jesus into the conversation. Then switch it up.
Practicing today with people who “get it” will make it easier & more natural to do this with people you meet in your daily life.
Q5Sermon in your pocket
Pastor Julian reminded us how important it is to be ready to share, to have a few “go to” phrases that you’re prepped & ready to use.
First read 3:18-21
Let’s practice one more thing. Answer these questions as simply as possible, and in a way that shows someone else what God can do in their life.
  1. What was your life like before Jesus?
  2. How did you meet Jesus?
  3. What is Jesus doing in your life right now?
Take a minute to think about this, write it down or type it in your phone, and then take turns sharing with the group.
Closing prayer time:
How can you and your group help our friends & neighbors to see a little bit of heaven here in earth this week?
How can you pray for the impact of your group? What can you all do together to impact our community?
Julian Malotti