Forward (Part 1)

Forward (Part 1)

Forward

Acts 8:1-25
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Come what may, following Christ is not about going backwards.

1.Sometimes, God uses SETBACKS to move us and the gospel FORWARD.

(Acts 26:9-11; Galatians 1:13-14; Acts 1:8; John 14:12; Philippians 1:12; Acts 11:19-21; Luke 21:12-13)

2.PROSPERITY can do more to stunt growth than PERSECUTION.

(Mark 4:19; Matthew 16:26, 19:24)

3.Dabbling in magical arts VIOLATES God’s Word.

(Galatians 5:19-21; Leviticus 19:3; 20:6, 27; 1 Samuel15:23; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 8:19; Micah 5:10-12; Acts 19:17-20; 1 John 4:1; Revelation 21:8; Psalm 119:105)

4.Be careful to follow someone who is PROCLAIMING Jesus, not himself.

(John 12:43)

Taking it further to help you THRIVE

1.Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught 
your attention, challenged, or confused you?

2.Describe a time when a setback actually served to move you forward in some way. What should we / can we do to be better at handling future setbacks and scatterings?

3.Our mission has been given to us by Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). In what ways are we / have we been seeking to live in comfort more than seeking to live on mission? What specifically might we need to change?

4.On Sunday, John said that many [in churches] today are like those who were astonished by Simon the Sorcerer – “Wow me, and I will follow you.” Why is this dangerous? What can we all do as believers to resist this hollow philosophy?