August 29, 2021 – Pastor Mark Albrecht

Acts 2:42-47

Message Big Idea – There is a deep fellowship that we are meant to experience when being part of the church. It is a fellowship that resembles family in many ways. As this fellowship becomes our experience we will see the Holy Spirit ignite growth, relational depth and prayer in our lives.

Reflect on the following sequence of questions. If you are doing this with others, share your responses with them.

LEAN IN >> Think about it.

  • Do you enjoy meeting new people? Why?
  • Do you prefer large crowds or small intimate groups? Have you always been this way?

LOOK DOWN >> Read the following passages and discuss or reflect on the  the corresponding questions:

  • Read Acts 2:42-47 (Read twice – ESV and either NLT or Message)
  • Briefly retell the passage in your own words.
  • What word or phrase “jumped off the page” and intrigued you the most?

LOOK OUT >> Connect the world of the Bible to our culture.

  • Name some of the strongest communities people belong to in our culture?
  • What characteristics does the world say need to be present for strong communities to exist? Are they similar or different to the church?

LOOK IN >> Go straight to the heart of the matter.

  • What fruits of the Spirit must you allow to grow for there to be a deep sense of togetherness in your current communities?
  • Describe the last time prayer created or strengthened a relationship in your life.

LIVE IT OUT >> Put it into action.

  • Identify 3 people God has as a part of your church community right now. Set a reminder in your phone to pray for them specifically over the next week.
  • Send a text of encouragement or a short prayer to each of your three people this week. 
  • Introduce yourself to one new person or family at the next church service you attend.