Church is a Verb • Part 3

Large Group

  1. What part of the message impacted you the most? Why?
  2. Read Acts 4:13. Peter and John’s boldness and confidence caused people to pay attention to their message. What role does boldness about God play in your life?  How are people aware that you have been with Jesus?
  3. Boldness is moving with confidence, believing that Jesus is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. Before hearing this message, what would have been your definition of boldness? Has it changed since hearing this truth?
  4. Read Acts 4:16-18. Notice how the religious leaders didn’t challenge Peter and John’s belief; they challenged them to do nothing with their belief. Have there been times you’ve boldly shared God with others and you weren’t certain of your reception or maybe you were told not to speak about God? Is there an area of your life that needs you to be bold about God, in spite of the possible opposition?
  5. Read Acts 4:24-29. What would be different if we, like the apostles, trusted that God really was working in our lives, even though we couldn’t see it? How would it change the way we approach God and what we request of God? 
  6. Bringing boldness back means we must:
  • Remember that God’s power is greater.
  • Live aware that God is always working.
  • Ask God to do the extraordinary.

What would it look like if we brought boldness back, both as individuals and as the church?

Small Group

  1. It is this boldness that propels us forward to do what God has called us to do. Share a time when you sensed God was leading you to be bold in a situation but fear gripped you and you remained quiet.
  2. Now share a time when you did move forward with confidence in Him and shared with another. What were the results?
  3. Take a moment and reflect on how you usually pray. Now answer who would have benefited from your prayers. Pastor James challenged us to begin praying BIGGER prayers, BOLDER prayers. As you close your time out with prayer, begin to practice bigger and bolder prayers.