Activate Week 3: Work In Progress — Don’t forget Who you follow.
Dealing with people can be tough sometimes. And if we’re being honest, for some reason it feels like dealing with church people can be the most difficult of all. Maybe you’ve heard a lot of things about Jesus that you really liked, but then you showed up at church and the people there made you feel hurt, misunderstood, or judged. Or maybe a church person that you looked up to did something disappointing and left you feeling confused about exactly who Jesus is or what Christianity is supposed to look like. The good news is, you’re not alone in feeling this way! Peter himself faced these same kinds of feelings when dealing with difficult people of all kinds. And his response to them reminds us that, while people can hurt and disappoint us, they don’t have to deactivate our faith. In fact, when we keep our focus in the right place, it can activate our love for God and His followers in a whole new way.
Goal Of Small Group:
To help students understand that people inside the church need grace, just like the people outside of the church
Acts 11:1-3 - "Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, 3"You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them."
Acts 11:17-18 - "If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?" 18When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life."