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Small Group Questions


May 31 2020
Acts 1:7-9, 2:1-13, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21


Getting Started
1)    For those of you who attended one of the worship services this past weekend, how did it feel to be back? What stood out most? How strange did it feel to also have social distancing, etc.?
Into the Text
2)   Read Acts 2:1-13. What stands out to you as you hear again what is likely a familiar story?
3)   Imagine yourself in the group of people who heard the sound and then heard the disciples speaking. Do you think you would have been "amazed and perplexed," or would you side with those who said, "They've had too much wine?"    
4)   How do you think you might react if you were to witness something like that today? Do you think you would attribute it to God, or be skeptical?
5)   How receptive are you - really - to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit? 
6)   Read Acts 1:7-9. What did it mean to the apostles that they were to be Jesus' witnesses "in Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth?" To borrow Scott's paraphrase, what does it mean to us to be Jesus' witnesses "in St. Joseph, Buchanan County and all of Missouri, and to the ends of the earth?"   
7)   Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Paul says that when we are in Christ, we are "a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come." What does it mean to you for Paul to say that you are a "new creation?"
8)   Paul says that we are "Christ's ambassadors." Do you find that idea to be comforting or intimidating? Why?
9)   Scott defined the church as "People gathered together to center their living upon Jesus." Do you agree with his definition? Why or why not?

10)  Prayerfully ask God to help you understand His will for you as "Christ's ambassador."