Week of October 27th

1. Why is it so easy in our human nature to gravitate in clicks or “holy huddles”? 

● What’s it like being on the outside looking in? 

2. Read Acts 13-1-5 and answer these questions:

● What made the church in Antioch different/more likely to
   multiply than the church in Jerusalem? 

● Whose idea was it to send Barnabus and Saul out to
   preach? 

● What were they doing when the Holy Spirit spoke? 

● Who guided them on their journey? 

● Any other observations from the text?

3. With multiplication comes loss. What would you lose being a part of a church culture that is continually sending out members? 

● What change are you most afraid of when we welcome
   new and different people to the church family? 

4. With multiplication comes maturity and growth. What would we gain by being sent out to plant new churches? 

● What excites you most about welcoming new and
   different people to the church family?

5. Read these verses together and discuss any observations, insights. 
                       ● Luke 15:3-7
                       ● Romans 10:14-15
                       ● Matthew 28:19-20

6. When you pray, specifically pray for each other as being sent out into your workplace, home, neighborhood, etc. 

● Also, pray that God would use the Warming Stations on
   Halloween to help our church family connect with our
   neighbors. 


Scripture

ACTS 13 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger,[a] Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.

LUKE 15:3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

ROMANS 10:14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[a] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

MATTHEW 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”