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04.11.21

Wildfire: Week 1 - The Flame is Lit

Wildfire: Week 1 - The Flame is Lit

Series: Wildfire: The Story of the Supernatural Power that changed the World

Key Passage: Acts 2:1-6

Speaker: Nate Wagner

The Flame is Lit                     (Discussion Guide for Message on April 11)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.    Acts 2:1-6

Getting Started

  • What would you say is the hardest part about consistently living out the Christian life?
  • What has been your exposure and experience to a relationship with the Holy Spirit?
  • Have you ever had the thought: “The Holy Spirit is too hard to really understand so I’m just not gonna worry about it.” Is it possible that something has been missed because of that decision?

Study                          Read Acts 2:1-41 Together

  • What words, phrases, images, or descriptions in this text raise questions for you, encourage you, or confuse you?
  • Many in Peter’s audience were stopped in their tracks at his words. What moved them most about what he said? How can his message encourage us to change our minds about where to place our confidence?

Reflection

  • On Pentecost Sunday the Holy Spirit used language to draw people together. However, they weren’t ultimately united through language. That was simply a means to bring them together in the Spirit to unite them around the person and message of Jesus Christ. Gives some specific examples of what unity in Jesus through the Spirit looks like today.
  • Why do you think so many Christians live as though they are devoid of the Spirit’s power?
  • Finish this sentence, “It is impossible to live out the Christian life as God has called us to unless…”

Application

The Spirit’s power doesn’t always manifest itself in wild and sensational ways.                                                Sometimes it’s subtle and simple.

  • When (and where) have you seen evidence of the Spirit’s power in your life?
  • In what area(s) of your life do you wish you had more of the Spirit’s power?
  • In what area of life are you struggling to walk in faithfulness to Jesus because you are attempting to do it devoid of the Spirit’s power?