This Week's Resources
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CORE52 SERMON SERIES
OUTSIDE--IN (Looking at Scriptures from the Book of Acts)
Luke is the only non-Jewish author of the Bible. If you have ever known sting of being on the
outside, his perspective will bring fresh wind to your spiritual journey. You can walk with Luke from the
perimeter, to the very heart of God.
Main theme discussion
What do you think are people’s greatest objections to baptism?
How does baptism reflect the life of Jesus or even “preach” without words?
Read Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:48; 16:33; 22:16. What led up to each person being baptized?
If someone asked you, “Why should I be baptized?” in your own words, what would you say?
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38, ESV)
Father, this day, I rededicate myself to live in You and live a life for Your glory. I remember the day when I was baptized and washed off all my sins. Lord, it is Your grace that I must be counted worthy to be called Your child. Help me to keep Your commandments. Renew my strength this day that I may be strong in faith and increase in zeal. Preserve me for the glorious day of Your coming. I believe Your Word which says, "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ". Let this day be the beginning. Lead me into greater spiritual depths even in the coming days. In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen.
Generic discussion thoughts
If you are looking for some questions to help stimulate discussion these might be helpful.
* What is something that stood out to you in this passage?
* Are there any words, phrases or references that are unfamiliar?
* Is this passage talking about something culturally different to what we're used to?
* What did the author intend for us to understand by writing this?
* How does this passage fit with the passages around it?
* Are there other parts in the Bible that talk something similar to this passage?