This week we looked at Paul’s example in Acts 21 and 22 of how God uses Paul’s past and trials to proclaim Jesus. Paul was seized and dragged from the temple, the Jews were trying to kill him, the Romans pulled him from the mob, Paul uses his past, as a Roman and Jew, to get a platform. It is true that problems in our past can often build a platform to proclaim Jesus.
- JP said our greatest platform to proclaim Christ is built from your problems and your past, so, as a group spend some significant time with these questions.
- Share from your life the problems / trials that God could use to share the love of Christ. How has your life been transformed?
- Share with the group the parts of your credentials that could be used to open conversations with others. (Aggie? Engineer? Father? Mother? …..) How would you transition that into an opportunity to share Christ?
- How does 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 encourage your heart, your motivation to share Jesus?
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.”