We’ve been talking in this series about “The Way” – the way we follow Jesus – and today we go to the foundation of that. How does “The Way” – this life of discovery of following Jesus – begin? And then what? The earliest Christians wrestled with this question about the “entry requirements” for new followers of Jesus and came to the conclusion that it shouldn’t be difficult to become a Christian; just “believe in your heart and confess with your mouth,” then declare that faith publicly.
1. A Life of Discovery (Acts 8:26-35)
2. A True Believer (Acts 8:36-37; Romans 10:9-10KJV)
3. A Public Declaration (Acts 8:38-39; Matthew 10:32)
These passages may provide additional insights related to the subject of this week’s message. All verses are NLT unless otherwise noted.
Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 28:18-20; John 3:16; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 8:12; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-10
Video of the Week: The Story of the Bible by the Bible Project
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
This week we look at the last of the “Four Questions” – and it’s perhaps the hardest one. Lots of (most!) couples struggle with how to consistently get along in their relationship, and one question often helps the reframe their disagreements and distrust. But to start the discussion, we need to go back to God’s original, intended design for relationships between men and women.Read MorePrintable PDF
“Judgy” may be a new word, but the problem of people being judgmental and offended about almost everything and everyone isn’t new. In fact, Jesus addressed the problem 2000 years ago in Luke 6: “Don’t judge…don’t condemn…forgive instead.” But Jesus wasn’t saying that we shouldn’t evaluate and discern what’s right and wrong, good and evil – he was warning against pre-judging people and deciding who is and isn’t worthy of grace. And one quick question can help prevent us from doing so…Read MorePrintable PDF
We’re talking about “Four Questions for a Better You” – because questions are better for learning then just being told the “right answer.” This week’s question may be the most important and useful one, because asking it can help us make some of the hardest decisions we are faced with in life – almost all of which involve people. Hard decisions like “What do you do when your next-door neighbor has all the ‘wrong’ bumper stickers on his car – and wants to talk politics?” It turns out that these kind of questions are why almost everybody likes Jesus, even if they don’t like Christianity or Christians.Read MorePrintable PDF
Find your people.