Deut 32:45-47 – You have God’s word

46 He said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. 47 For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

1 Sam 12:23-25 – You remember God’s work among us.

23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. 24 Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. 

John 16:7 – You have the Holy Spirit. 

7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

Acts 20:28-31 – We have great leaders.    

28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert…

Questions for group or individual reflection:  

  1. How many Biblical characters can you think who had to do something to express their faith?  (i.e. Noah built an ark) What do you need to do now to live out your own faith?  
  1. What are some of the great things from God you have experienced while serving Christ with others?  What fond memories do you have working with other believers to advance God’s kingdom?  
  1. Who do you think were the greatest leaders in the Bible?  How many of their deaths are recorded in Scripture?  What do we learn from this?  
  1. How is the church like a flock and what is the responsibility of elders/overseers before God?