Title: Faith That Moves Mountains
Series: Therefore, Go

A sermon by guest speaker Pastor Joseph Sachariah.

Series: Therefore, Go
Title: The Good News for All People
Text: Acts 11:19-21

The Antioch Church had humble beginnings but eventually became a key missionary base to the surrounding regions. What can we learn from the Early Church from the beginnings of the Antioch

General Questions:

  1. What caused the news about Christ to take hold among many who heard it? What does this passage show us about the early church’s understanding of God’s role in evangelism? How does this influence our understanding of evangelism today?

Perspective Questions:

  1. Having certain preconceived notions or even stereotypes of people from different cultures can contribute to our hesitance in bringing the gospel to them. How does know that God is a global God help in addressing our reservations?
  2. The early church demonstrated that it was possible to live for Christ and His purpose in all circumstances. What are some personal circumstances (e.g. poor health, stretched finances) we are currently facing that can hinder us from living for Christ (including preaching the gospel to others)? What is God encouraging us to surrender to Him today? What would living for Christ amid these circumstances look like?

Application Questions:

  1. The hands and the heart are connected. What is one practical step you can take to develop our heart for missions? What is one step the LG can consider embarking on together?
  2. Think about the different relationships and interactions we have in our lives. Which of these are cross-cultural? How can we build bridges with these people that God has placed in our paths?

Why is church planting key in God’s redemptive plan for mankind? Learn from the Early Church on how they spread the Gospel and how we are called to go into the nations too.

Title: Filling the Open Chair
Text: Luke 14:15-24

What are the attitudes we should have when inviting people to the feast in God’s kingdom?

Perspective Questions:

  1. What kinds of excuses do people  usually make when rejecting God’s invitation to the heavenly banquet? Why do you think they make such excuses? What do you think are their concerns or fears behind the excuses?

Application Questions:

  1. Like the servant in the parable, we may face rejections when we invite people to know the love of Jesus. How can we still be relentless in inviting people?

  2. What are some concerns or fears that may be holding us back from calling people to the heavenly feast? How can we go all out to persuade people to participate in God’s great banquet?

God has planned a great celebration in His Kingdom for all and He has put us in-charge of the invitations!
Learn how we can make space in our hearts and life groups for more people to experience God.

Just as how Jesus sent His disciples to preach the Gospel, He is sending us out to our schools and neighbourhoods. Learn how we can make a lasting impact in the community God has placed us in!

God is a global God who loves and redeems globally. Discover how can we can be a church that is readily activated to go and reach the world for Christ.

Title: Fulfil God’s Mission For The World
Series: Church On The Go
Text: Romans 15:15-22

How can we participate in God’s mission for the world?

Perspective Questions:

  1. Paul saw himself as a minister of Christ who was given the “priestly duty” (Romans 5:16) of sharing the Gospel of Christ to the Gentiles. Believers are also called priests (1 Peter 2:9). How would seeing yourself as a minister change the way you make decisions or realign your priorities?

  2. God’s grace powered Paul “to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles” (Romans 15:6). Jesus also equipped ordinary fishermen to be His disciples. What would help you to depend on God to do what He has called you to do?

  3. Paul’s lifelong ambition was to “preach the Gospel where Christ was not known” (Romans 15:20). How is Paul’s ambition different from the ambition of those who are hungry for success or fame in the world? What can we learn from Paul’s ambition and apply it to our own goals?  

Application Questions:

  1. What is holding you back from going on a Short Term Mission (STM) trip? Will you pray and fast with your mentor to ask God to guide you in exploring a STM trip in the next 12 months?

  2. Take a look at the countries listed in Joshua Project’s 10/40 Window that have significant unreached people groups. Which country/countries stand out to you? Besides praying, what is one or two things we can do to advance the Gospel in these countries?

The unreached and unengaged people groups are within our neighbourhoods. Will you open your hearts and eyes to these groups of people?

Title: Look Far – God’s Heart for the Nations
Series: Neighbours to Nations
Text: Revelation 5:9-10

God’s heart is for people of all nations to come into a faith relationship with Him. How can we participate in this global purpose of God?

General Questions:

  1. Have you been involved in global missions in any way, either long or short term, directly or indirectly? What are your experiences like? What motivates you to want to be involved in missions?

Perspective Questions:

  1. If not for missionaries who took the step of faith to come to Singapore since the 1800s, Christianity would not have reached and stayed on Singapore’s shores. What should our response be to God who placed a tiny country like Singapore into the hearts of many of His faithful followers, such that they would leave their homelands and travel round the globe to share the love of Jesus with the people here? What can we learn from their examples?

  2. What are some fears or concerns that believers may have that hinder them from getting involved in missions?

  3. The missions field is full of happy stories of people coming to know God and also sad tales of people rejecting or leaving God. How does knowing that God is on the throne (Rev 5:1) help us to face the triumphs and tragedies we see on the missions field?

Application Questions:

  1. What are various ways you and your LG can be involved in missions? What are the practical steps that you want to take to prepare yourself or start to get involved?