Encouragement

God is At Work, So I Will Not Fear.

Review / Introduction:

3 People You Have to Deal With:

  1. The Critic: Don't get Distracted by Him. (Acts 28:1-6)
    • How to Handle Criticism:

    • Consider the source
    • Don't take it personally
    • Ask, "Is it true?"
    • Say, "Thank you for the feedback."
  2. The Hurting: Don't be too Busy for Him. (Acts 28:7-10)
  3. The Brother: Don't rob Him of a Blessing. (Acts 28:11-16)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 28:1-16

  1. Honestly - How do people's opinion of you affect you? How do you typically handle criticism (Acts:1-6)?

  2. How are you encouraging others right now? How are you letting others encourage you? (Acts 21:15)

  3. What was your big take-away from this passage / message?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another. Who do you know that needs encouragement this week? How are you going to reach out to him/her/them?

Power in Unity

Review:


The Power of Unity is displayed in an Unselfish church. (Acts 4:32)

See John 17:21

I Am Unselfish When:

  1. I keep my eyes on the Mission. (Acts 4:33)


  2. I come to Give. (Acts 4:34-35)

  3. Review and listen to the I Want to Give Sermon Series

    New Testament Giving is:
    • sacrificial
    • voluntary
    • joyful

  4. I follow Godly Examples. (Acts 4:36-37)
  5. Encouragement is:

    • encourage
    • voluntary

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 4:32-37

  1. How does selfishness destroy unity? How does focusing on Jesus squelch selfishness? (Acts 4:32-33)

  2. What are creative ways YOU can give to the mission, locally and abroad? Sell something, earn money on the side, etc? (Acts 4:34-35)

  3. How can you set an example like Barnabas without (pridefully) drawing attention to yourself? (Acts 4:36-37)

Breakout Questions:

Pray for unity at HBCPN! Specifically that we:

  • Stay focused on the mission.
  • Cultivate an attitude of giving, not taking.
  • Set an example for other believers.