Relentless: The Book of Acts
August 12 - 18 – Week 10: Accepting Others
This week in the book of Acts we find Philip sharing the message of salvation in Jesus to someone we would never expect to come to faith. Someone on the outside. Someone we would struggle to associate with much less lead to faith in Christ. The message of Jesus is for each and every individual. We have to be relentless to overcome our assumptions and be ready to invite anyone into a relationship with Jesus just as they are.
Our job is to invite people to put their faith in Jesus, just as they are. Jesus’ job is to transform them AFTER they do.
- If you have put your faith in Jesus, take a moment to consider your own salvation experience. Who helped you to put your faith in Jesus? Share about your experience.
- Have you ever felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to share Jesus with someone but didn’t because you convinced yourself this person would never believe? Share why.
- On the flip side, share about your experiences where you did share about Jesus with someone. What was the outcome? What was that experience like for you?
- Read the story of Philip again from Acts 8:26-39. Discuss our callings as followers of Jesus to share His Gospel. How do your assumptions about sharing the message of Jesus similar and different from what was seen in this story?
- On Sunday Ronnie said “Our job is to invite people to put their faith in Jesus, just as they are. Jesus job is to transform them after they do.” Who in your life are you investing in right now so that you can invite them to put their faith in Jesus?
Next Step Challenge
Jesus calls every person who is part of the Church to share and spread His Kingdom. He is far more concerned about the salvation of the lost than you and I ever will be. Commit to fully embrace your role as an ambassador of His Kingdom…as a message bearer of His salvation, and know that God is placing people in your life that He is or already has prepared for salvation. And don’t forget to move past your own bias and excuses and to be ready to share the love of Jesus at all times with those that God is placing in your path. Don’t say “no” to Jesus for someone who He has already prepared to say “yes.”
“As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized? And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” – Acts 8:36-38
All other Scripture References
Acts 1:8, Acts 8:26-36, 38-39