Like Any Good Startup

Like any good startup, the early apostles were constantly having to figure things out, bob and weave, shift to make things work. I’m particularly amazed by their reaction in our Friday reading. A group said, “hey, you’re missing the mark”. They didn’t get defensive. They didn’t point out the flaws in their accusers. They fixed the problem.

There is a definite lesson to be learned there. I know I need to hear it. Do you?

January 18: Acts 4:32-37

Today’s Takeaways:

  • There was unity among the believers and willingness to care for one another.
  • Believers had personal possessions but chose to share them for the good of one another.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What, of value, might you consider giving up so that someone else could be cared for?

January 19: Acts 5:1-11

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Note the difference between Ananias and Sapphira’s story and Barnabas’ from yesterday.
  • Sapphira had an opportunity to do what was right but chose to continue the lie of her husband.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Why do you think we often lie in order to appear better than we are?

January 20: Acts 5:12-16

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Miracles were the signs that caused people to believe in God’s power and ultimately follow him.
  • Word spread about what Peter and the other believers could do so people began to seek them out for miracles.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What is a miracle you’ve seen?

January 21: Acts 5:17-42

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Though the religious authorities tried to put the believers in jail to stop their message, God freed them.
  • We hear again, as we heard earlier in Acts, that the apostles were committed to following God’s direction rather than that of man.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Other than God, what other things try to control how you act?

January 22: Acts 6:1-7

Today’s Takeaways:

  • The original apostles discovered that they were overlooking some people who were in need so they fixed their mistake.
  • There were 7 new apostles appointed to care for the Jews from Greece.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • The apostles were able to recognize and fix their mistake. How do you react when you find out you’ve made a mistake?  

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