Witnessing

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."  Matthew 28:19-20

 

This is the last of our series of five readings, sermons and reflective questions this time exploring the "Witnessing" element of Belonging.

There are again three steps-
Read the passage.

Listen to the sermon. (recorded on 6th November)

Reflect upon the questions.

Acts 9 v10-19

10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ He answered, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ 11 The Lord said to him, ‘Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.’ 13 But Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.’ 15 But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16 I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.’ 17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

The sermon on Witnessing that accompanies this study, recorded on 6th November, can be listened to again by clicking the image.

Questions:

1.   When has God overturned your expectations in a surprising way?

2.   Before this passage, Saul had been persecuting Christian believers – but how do you explain the fact that Jesus says to him that he has been persecuting “me” (v4-5)?

3.   Have you seen the Bourne movies?  How do you respond to the idea that you are one of God’s “assets” in West Bridgford?

4.   Ananias had every reason not to go to Saul, but after his prayerful conversation with God, he goes.  What reasons do we use not to step out in mission?

5.   What would Ananias have missed out on had he stayed put and refused to go?  How do you respond to the idea that the risk of “missing out” on what God is doing/might want to do through you might be even worse than the other risks which hold us back in mission?