Todd started this week’s message in Acts 13. He highlighted the response of people who heard Paul and Barnabas teach and then said “Tell me more.” This is the proper response of humble people when confronted with the truths of God. Just as the early disciples were called to be a light to the world (v. 47), every Christian is called to “Do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Mic. 6:8 NASB). In other words, as we abide with Christ we do what He did. That means Christ-followers don’t ever do “random acts of kindness” but instead serve others with a purpose – to glorify God.
As you think about the message from this weekend, these discussion points will help you think about living out this theme.
- “Good deeds produce goodwill that makes room for the good news.” Which of these three areas – good deeds, building relationships of goodwill, and sharing the good news – do you excel on? Which are you weakest in? What can you do this summer to stretch yourself in that area?
- We know that “good works” don’t help us gain salvation (Eph. 2:8-9) but Eph. 2:10 and I Tim. 6:17-19 talk about how good works affect our ability to experience God’s abundant life, His best for us. Read the previous passages and then discuss: If our chance to experience the life “which is life indeed” (I Tim. 6:19 NASB) depends on how well we serve others, how likely is it that YOU are experiencing everything God wants for you?
- Watermark’s External Focus partners help us serve in four areas: 1) Poverty, 2) Education & Mentoring, 3) Families & Health, and 4) Justice & Prison Ministry. Of these areas, which piques your interest the most? If you’re not already involved, discuss with your community group what steps the Lord might be stirring you to explore in new serving opportunities this summer. (Hint: You’ll find fantastic ways to serve by yourself, with your Community Group, or with your family this summer at watermark.org/go.)
Check out this handout for ways you can get connected with some of our ministry partners.