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Wild Fire!

May 3, 2015

Topic: Theology Passage: Acts 2:14–2:41

Fire! - Winter/Spring 2015 Series
5 3 15 - Wild Fire, Acts 2:14-41

Introduction: Describe a time when God “got your attention.”
Can you cite anyone in your acquaintance that God may be trying to get their attention?
Sermon Outline

A. Begin with Life. (Acts 2:14-21)

a. Read verse 22. What’s your relationship with attention? Do you crave it, shun it…?

b. Can you think of examples of Jesus or Paul starting a conversation with a life situation?

c. Why is this so effective?

d. What situations today (International, National, Local and Personal) could be used to begin a pertinent conversation? How might you start?

B. Get to Jesus! (Acts 2:22-36)

a. How did Peter get to Jesus from the event of the moment?

b. How would you get to Jesus from a medical challenge, a financial challenge…? How do you do it naturally, without straining?

c. Is it really that important to get to Jesus? What if you don’t?

d. Is it possible that our “witness” might sound just like a good “humanitarian” message? Can that be avoided? Should I even care about what others think?

C. Bring ‘em Home. (Acts 2:37-41)

a. Describe what it was like for you when you were “cut to the heart.”

b. Relate repentance to the five senses:

i. What does it sound like?

ii. What does it look like?

iii. What does it “smell” like?

iv. What does it “feel” like?

v. What does it “taste” like?

c. Doesn’t Peter’s reference to baptism run the risk of “salvation” by works? Why does he include this as such a prominent response piece?

i. Where’s “believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”?

ii. Who were being asked to make the decision to be baptized (babies, kids, parents, believers…)?

iii. What does this say about infant baptism?

iv. Most Baptist churches require believer’s baptism for membership in the local church. The Evangelical Free Church, as a denomination, does not, leaving this decision to the individual. Why do you think this is a good idea? Not? 

Conclusion: Rebekka Pippert, in her book, Out of the Saltshaker, Into the World gives an acronym for conversations with unbelievers: S – Say something, anything. A – Ask a question. L – Listen. T – Turn it deeper (If you can.)

Will you try a role play?!

Who will you try this with, this week? Pray for whom that might be… Make it a good week!