Welcome to this week's Group Study! This fall we're doing a 7 week block starting October 11 running through November 29.
Start your time with a Check-in (about 15 minutes)
inductive bible study (30-40 minutes)
Open your Bibles and begin with a prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to help you read God's word. Read the passage out loud once together. Then silently once more on your own, note your observations and questions. Then take a few minutes to share your observations and questions together.
2:1 Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4 This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
6 As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. 8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along
Take some time to answer a key question you've raised as a group and think through how the issues you've explored apply to your lives.
If you don't have a question of your own, consider this one:
Why does the Apostle Paul stress caring for the poor?
Take a moment after your Bible study to watch this video:
Discussion Question & Challenge for the week (About 20 minutes)
Discussion: After watching the video, have everyone share their gospel-centric passion. As you share with each other about how the Good News of Jesus fuels mission, spend time also praying for one another for strength, wisdom and opportunities to live out the Good News this week.
Challenge: Find a way to care for one person on the margins in society. The video has different examples of how you can do that. This may be a fun way for your group to serve others together.
Close with a time of prayer.