Sermons

Pastor Simon Eng - 28 May 2017

Meeting With God

Felix, the governor of Judea, had a golden opportunity to learn about the faith and experience the life-changing power of the Gospel. But he allowed distractions and impure motives to get in his way of knowing Christ. When we are presented with the opportunity to meet with God, how should we respond? How can we avoid Felix's mistakes?

Discussion guide

1) Prepare to be confronted by God (v24-25a)

The last time someone told you something that you knew was true but did not like to hear, how did you respond? Why did you respond that way?

How did Felix respond to Paul's sharing? Why do you think he responded that way? What made Felix so frightened?

God may reveal things in our lives that we do not want to hear. What is one thing that God is repeatedly revealing to you? In order to grow in our faith, we have to allow God to pull out the skeletons in our closet. How can we get ready for God to confront us? How does knowing that God is able to transform us help us to be ready?

2) Prioritise in order to meet with God (v25b)

Imagine you are in an unpleasant meeting or meet-up and you can't wait for it to end. You try to leave early. What is one excuse or reason you would give?

Why do you think Felix sent Paul away?

Hearing hard truths from God is uncomfortable and uneasy. What are common excuses or reasons that believers may give to avoid hearing hard truths from God? What are the right attitudes that Christians should have? "Convenient Christians" are believers who only want to live out the faith when it is comfortable and easy to do so. Why is such an attitude unhealthy? Share practical tips with one another in the Life Group on how we can avoid "convenient Christianity" and prioritise meeting with God above our comforts and preferences.

3) Purify our motives in seeking God (v26)

What are some right motives for seeking God? Why do you say so?

What was Felix's motive for meeting Paul? Do you think Felix was sincere in wanting to learn more about the faith? Why?

Let's ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts for wrong motives. Let's pray as a Life Group that we attend the conference for the right reasons.


Reflection points

1) Prepare to be confronted by God (v24-25a)

Why do you think Felix was frightened after hearing Paul's sharing of faith in Christ? How can we get ready for God to confront us?

2) Prioritise in order to meet with God (v25b)

"Convenient Christians" are believers who only want to live out the faith when it is comfortable and easy to do so. Why is such an attitude unhealthy? Share practical tips with one another in the Life Group on how we can avoid "convenient Christianity" and prioritise meeting with God above our comforts and preferences.

3) Purify our motives in seeking God (v26)

What are some right motives for seeking God? Why do you say so? Let's ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts for wrong motives. Let's pray as a Life Group that we attend the conference for the right reasons.

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