Nuggets Of Gold In Puddles Of Mud (Part 2)
(Acts 21: 23-40)
(Seeing the valuable in the midst of the undesirable)
1. Whether the journey is clear or cloudy, we need to cover it in PRAYER.
(Philippians 4:6-7; 1 John 5:14; Ephesians 6:18; James 5:13; Romans 12:12; Matthew 7:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 4:16)
2. When the advice we receive is contrary to God’s leading, we have to be PREPARED to make a decision and RESOLUTE to walk it out.
3. When we wrestle with what’s before us, we have to YIELD to God’s will.
(James 4:13-15; Matthew 6:10, 26:42; John 5:30; Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:17)
4. HOSPITALITY can make a potentially bad day better.
(Isaiah 58:7; 1 Peter 4:8-9; Acts 16:33-34; Romans 12:13)
5. PREJUDICE can be overcome by PRAISING God for what He is doing.
6. Sometimes we have to be peace MAKERS, not peaceKEEPERS.
(Romans 12:18; Matthew 5:9; Proverbs 10:10)
7. Even when it’s ‘inconvenient’, we should be ALL things to ALL people.
(1 Corinthians 9:19-22, 10:33; Luke 19:10; Romans 1:16)
8. When our best intentions and actions fail, we need to be OK with that.
(Proverbs 16:9, 37:23-25)
9. In the midst of misinformation and accusations, God often PROTECTS us in unlikely ways.
(2 Thessalonians 3:3; Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 5:11, 20:1, 46:1; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
10. God answers prayer! HE gives us a BOLDNESS to ask and PERMISSION to speak.
(Philippians 1:20; John 19:11; Acts 4:13, 29-31; Ephesians 6:19-20; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:2; Acts 20:27; Psalm 27:14)
11. God gives moments of SILENCE as opportunities to be seized.
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.What are some practical ways we can be “all things to all men”? What should be our motivation for this? (See 1 Corinthians 9:22)
3.Sometimes we pray, receive advice/counsel, sense a leading, and make a decision – all to result in what appears to be a fruitless outcome (or possibly even failure.) What should our perspective be at times like this?
4.Describe a time when God protected you in an unexpected way. What happened as a result of this? How might your outlook have changed?
5.We saw on Sunday how mistaken identity led to Paul’s opportunity to speak up. Do you think those in your sphere of influence really know who you are? Do you find yourself living quietly in a ‘Christian bubble’, or vocally and socially in the world as an ambassador of Christ? What changes, if any, do you think you might need to make?