Ignite Your Life – Part 5: Clear Direction

Acts 17:16-34

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. 1 Timothy 1:15(p.910)

  • We Should Run Flat Out For God To The Finish Line Until We Breathe Our Last Breath.

Series Memory Verse: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 (p.863)

  1. Observe

“While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city.” Acts 17:16 (p.846)

“Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:5c (p.915)

  1. Connect

“So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: ‘Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way…’” Acts 17:22 (p.846)

“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 (p.875)

  1. Present

“… I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about…we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.” Acts 17:23, 29 (p.846)

“…for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.” Luke 12:12 (p.794)

  1. Persevere

“When they heard Paul speak about the resurrection of the dead, some laughed in contempt, but others said, ‘We want to hear more about this later…some joined him and became believers.” Acts 17:32–34 (p.846)

“Fight the good fight for the true faith.” 1 Timothy 6:12 (p.913)

My Next Step This Week:

_____ I prayerfully commit to boldly sharing my faith in my daily interactions, just as Paul did in Acts 17.


LIFE GROUP DISCUSSION

One Thing: We Should Run Flat Out For God To The Finish Line Until We Breathe Our Last Breath.

Memory Verse: Romans 8:28 (p.863)

Bible Background: Paul in Athens – Acts 17:16-34

CONVERSATION STARTER

// If you were to participate in a race, what are the essential things you’d need and why?

WEEKEND REVIEW

We Should Run Flat Out For God To The Finish Line Until We Breathe Our Last Breath.

How you can live that out:

  1. Observe
  2. Connect
  3. Present
  4. Persevere

// Was there anything that stood out to you or challenged you?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

// Read 2 Timothy 4:5-8 (p.915).

  • What does it look like to ‘fight the good fight’ daily? Think about daily practices you have to not grow weary and lose sight of the ‘finish line’.
  • How do you envision yourself and your character at the ‘finish line’?

// Paul’s trust in God never wavered. And we see him continuing to preach about God everywhere he went. Read Acts 17:32-34 (p.846).

  • How did Paul handle the mixture of reactions from the crowd?
  • How can we respond and stay steadfast in our faith when our beliefs are ridiculed or dismissed?

// Read Matthew 28:19-20 (p.760).     

  • Why is it important to run flat out for God daily according to this verse?
  • How can we integrate this mission into our everyday interactions and relationships, even with those who seem resistant?

// Read Colossians 4:5-6 (p.904).

  • Reflect on a moment when your words or actions opened a door for you to share your faith. How did you feel, and what was the outcome?

NEXT STEP

My Next Step This Week:

_____ I prayerfully commit to boldly sharing our faith in our daily interactions, just as Paul did in Acts 17.

DIGGING DEEPER

Each morning, read 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (p.915) to prepare your heart and mind for the day by reflecting on these:

  • How can I live out my faith in my daily actions?
  • What do I want to reflect to those around me through my words and actions?
  • Pray for the ability to love more deeply, as an expression of your faith and connection to God.