A Spirit-Filled, Gospel-Centered Church
- Byproducts (v. 11:19-21; 25-30)
- Bullseyes (v. 11:22-24)
- A byproduct is a secondary result. It’s something that is inevitably created during the production of something else. Christianity has many byproducts, but one bullseye. What happens when we aim for a byproduct instead of the bullseye?
- When Jesus said, “It is finished.”, what did he mean? In what ways have you struggled with adding to His work?
- The enemy loves to use good things to distract us from the main thing. What good things have distracted you from Jesus?
- Why do we struggle with walking in truth and love? Which one do you struggle with most in relationships? Why do we need both?
- Christianity is impossible without the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). What does it look like to humble and empty yourself so that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit today? What is the inevitable result of trying to live the Christian life without the power of the Holy Spirit?
Acts 11:19-30 NASB
19 So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. 23 Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; 24 for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. 25 And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
27 Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius. 29 And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea. 30 And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders.