Sermon Summary - In Acts 1:3 we learn that the resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and teaches them for forty days before he ascends to Heaven. After accomplishing the work of redemption, Jesus teaches us how to live as people shaped and motivated by the Gospel. This Gospel shaped life is what we call the way of Jesus. The Way of Jesus speaks to every part of our life and every follower of Jesus must humbly yield to the teaching of Christ. The way of Jesus is the better way because it is true, it is good, and it works.
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Memory Verse - He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3 (ESV)
- Read through Acts 1:1-8. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
- Getting to the Heart - How is the way of Jesus different from just being a moral person (think about motivation and connection to the Gospel)? Why is it important that the way of Jesus flows from our faith in the redemptive Work of Jesus in the Gospel?
- Living the Way of Jesus - What area of your life do you sense is most out of line with the Gospel? How does your way of living in this area prove to be false, unsatisfying, and broken? What might it look like to embrace the way of Jesus in this area and trust his way to be right, good, and wise?
Kids Worship Questions
- Read Acts 1:1-8. What do you find most interesting about this story? Draw a picture of resurrected Jesus appearing to and teaching his disciples.
- What would it look like to treat your friends and family as God has treated you in Christ? This connection is helpful for understanding how we are to relate to other people in our life.
- How often do you ask others to help you learn to live the way of Jesus? What is one area you want to learn more about living in the way of Jesus? Ask your parents to help you find scriptures that will guide you in this area.