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Senior Pastor Jeffrey Chong - 8 July 2018

What Does It Mean To Be Antioch?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ANTIOCH?
Acts 11:19-30
Series: Antioch

Blessed with physical advantages (strategic location, multicultural diversity and economic prosperity, to name a few), Singapore is poised to be a modern day Antioch. But the physical attributes are not enough. What are the spiritual qualities God desires the Church in Singapore to possess, so that we can fulfil our calling to be an Antioch of today?

Discussion Guide

1) Passionate About Outreach (v19 - v21)

Despite being persecuted, every believer in the Antioch church was passionate about making Christ known. Why do you think they risked their lives and reputations to share the Good News? What can you learn from their example? When was the last time you inconvenience yourself or put yourself on the line to help someone know Christ? What did you learn about God and yourself through that incident? How can we support one another in the LG to evangelise? What role will you play in the upcoming GO LG?
The passion to make Christ known flows out of our relationship with Jesus. Every relationship takes time and effort to cultivate. What are 2-3 spiritual disciplines that would help you to walk closer with Jesus? How can you invest time and effort in these disciplines so that you can flourish in the faith? How can you help one another in the LG to grow in Christ?

2) Serious About Discipleship (v22 - v26)

Barnabas was sent by the Jerusalem church to disciple the young Antioch church. What did Barnabas do? In your own words, explain why Barnabas' role was important in Antioch. Do you know of a Barnabas in your life? Share how they have helped you to grow as a disciple. How can you be a Barnabas to someone today?
Discipleship includes teaching. What does it mean to teach? Identify the difference(s) between teaching information and teaching believers. How can we teach one another to obey God? What are the common hindrances we face? What would help us to teach better?
Even as we teach others, we ourselves need to be teachable. What does it mean to be teachable? Will others say you are teachable and obedient to God’s Word? Why do you say so? What are some attitudes that would affect our teachability? How can we tweak our mindset or change our ways to be more teachable?

3) Sincere About Care (v27 - v30)

The Antioch church cared for their brothers and sisters in practical ways by providing financial support to the believers in Judea. Their gesture encouraged fellow believers in tough times and might have helped to close the gap between Jewish and Gentile believers. Give one benefit of being part of a caring community. How does being loved by God's family help you to grow in Christ?
In your own words, share what "care" means to you. Pay attention to one another's responses. Identify 2-3 individuals in your LG whom you can show care to this week.
What may cause us to falter in our care for others? How can we work around our weaknesses and/or constraints so as to continue caring for one another?

Reflection Questions

1) Passionate About Outreach (v19 - v21)

How can we support one another in the LG to evangelise? What role will you play in the upcoming GO LG?

2) Serious About Discipleship (v22 - v26)

Identify the difference(s) between teaching information and teaching believers. How can we teach one another to obey God? What are the common hindrances we face? What would help us to teach better?

3) Sincere About Care (v27 - v30)

In your own words, share what "care" means to you. Pay attention to one another's responses. Identify 2-3 individuals in your LG whom you can show care to this week.

From Series: "Antioch"

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