Lesson Summary: The Book of Acts chronicles the spread of the gospel from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. God’s people are called to be on mission and are entrusted with the gospel message that is true for everyone, Jew and Gentile alike. The mission of the church is to make disciples by the power of the Holy Spirit. Moving from God through the church to the world, God’s redemptive work results in people from every tribe, tongue, and nation responding to lifelong worship.
1) God’s people are called to be on His mission (Acts 1:4-8)
a. What are some ways we unintentionally make the gospel solely about us? What happens when we focus only on the benefits of our salvation and not our calling from King Jesus?
b. In what ways are we tempted to trade our mission for a life of conformity to the world around us? When you think of the mission of God, do you think in terms of God’s global work or His local work? Why?
2) God’s people are entrusted with His message (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
a. What seems ‘foolish’ or ‘offensive’ about the gospel of Christ crucified and raised? What are some ways we may be tempted to downplay the foolish or offensive nature of the gospel in order to make it fit with modern sensibilities?
b. How can our churches uphold and prioritize the gospel message as being of first importance? How does your presentation of the gospel compare to Paul’s in 1 Corinthians?
3) God’s people are called to be His messengers (2 Corinthians 5:14-21)
a. What happens when we are compelled by something other than love in our involvement in God’s mission?
b. In what ways does your life reflect the priorities of ambassadorship for the kingdom of God?
All notes are taken from The Gospel Project: God’s Story, Part 2.