Series: Love Like Jesus
Title: Love That Goes Beyond
Text: Acts 20:22-24; Acts 10:24-35
To begin and sustain our efforts in Block Pastoring, we need to learn to love like Jesus by loving beyond our comfort and culture.
1) What do you think enabled Paul to declare that he was prepared to lose his life for the sake of the gospel (Acts 20:22-24)?
2) Do you think it is easy or difficult to do what Paul says here? Why?
3) What did God do / say to Peter before Peter became willing to minister to the Gentiles (Acts 10:24-35)? What were the perspectives/beliefs that God addressed? Why do you think He did so?
1) What are some comfort zones we have that hinder us from embarking on block pastoring? How do these hinder us? What are some underlying perspectives that cause us to have these comfort zones?
2) Why does relating with people of different cultures make people feel uncomfortable? How does knowing that Christ has broken all human barriers and given all believers (regardless of race or culture) a new identity in Him change / direct the way we interact with people of another culture?
3) Our homes are often regarded as places of rest. How do you think God wants us to regard our homes? Why do you think He has placed us in our particular localities? How do we manage the tension between regarding our home as a place for rest and a place for ministry? Does there necessarily need to be a tension? Discuss.
1) What is the next step we can take in stepping out of the comfort zones we have identified? How can we support one another in doing so?
2) In building friendships, what are five different questions you could ask someone of a different culture / nationality / life station / socio-economic status? Discuss with your LG.
3) Think of a neighbor who belongs to a different nationality / has a different culture etc. What is one thing you can do to better understand him/her/their family?