We like a sure thing… we want to know how everything will work out before we even get started. But then we’re met with a roadblock… a job loss… a lousy health report… a relationship ends… and we’re stuck in this place of uncertainty.
When facing the Unknown, we need to focus on our Heavenly Father, who tells us—even when we can’t see the way out—He’s in the middle of it with us… walking with us every step!
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group, or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- Read Acts 4:29 and meditate on the threats that Peter and John spoke about in Acts 4. When we think about the “threats” we face in today’s American society, it pales in comparison to those that the disciples faced. What type of threats have you faced, and how did you handle them?
- The believers from Acts 4 weren’t worried about the threats facing them. They didn’t pray for resolution, they prayed for boldness. Do you ever pray this way? Why or why not? How can you change your prayers to mimic these early believers?
- Read Acts 4:27–28. In the midst of hardship, Peter and John acknowledge that there is nothing others can do that hasn’t been willed by God or allowed by Him. Have you ever considered this in your own life? How can this change your perspective during difficult seasons?
- Read Hebrews 12:1–3. This verse discusses laying aside sin, running our race with endurance, and keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. Which part of this verse is convicting for you? What would your life look like if all of these aspects were reflected? How would it impact your ability to be bold in biblical truth?
- Have you ever known someone who doesn’t compromise truth? Someone who is bold and courageous in their faith in all circumstances? What characteristics did that person possess, and what made them attractive as a follower of Jesus? How do their actions compare to Acts 4:20 and the boldness that Peter and John showed us in the face of opposition?
- Read 1 John 2:28, Matthew 24:44, and 1 Peter 1:13–15. How do we live each day with an eternal perspective, eagerly awaiting the return of our Savior? What changes do you need to make right now to ensure that your top priority is living a life pleasing to Him?
- Are you facing a trial today that is weighing you down… a trial that seems to have no resolution in sight? Are you weary, sad, hurt, or just plain exhausted? How can you reconcile your pain with the goodness of God and His love for you? How do we balance our understanding that God may allow major difficulties in our lives in order to show His glory to others with the knowledge that He loves us and does care about our hurts and desires?
- Where are you reading in the Bible this week? What has God been revealing to you through your quiet time with Him?
- Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
- How can you pray for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?