Take time to catch up on the past week (over drinks or snacks if possible). Then ask group members to discuss:
Over this term, we’re exploring the theme of moving. Many of us will have changes and moves ahead: this series allows us to look to God’s word for wisdom.
Ask for a volunteer to read Acts 18:1-11 to the group, praying a short prayer that, however much they’ve come to know God, they’d know him better as a result of your time together.
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Suggested questions to help your discussion.
It’s not wise to stay in every dangerous or threatening situation. Yet sometimes people are trapped and cannot leave. Other times, love for Jesus causes them to stay. Jesus promises to be with all of us, wherever we are, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
In Acts 18, Jesus asks Paul to stay in a difficult and potentially violent situation to preach the gospel. Some Christians find themselves in a similar situation today. They witness bravely, even whilst they are in danger, and sometimes unable to leave. We should pray for them.
While taking risks and making sacrifices is a key part of following Jesus, so is hoping people to get safe and stay safe when they are in situations or danger or potential abuse. For an action to be classed as genuinely sacrificial, it must be voluntary on the one making the sacrifice. Acts 18 shows us that Jesus is able to sustain his people in extraordinarily tough situations.
If you or a member of your Impact Group thinks they are in a situation or relationship that’s dangerous to them, it’s important they know they can leave. As they consider this, ensure they get necessary help and support from university services, their local church and, if appropriate, the police.
Al is a Leicester CU graduate who’s been leading a church in an under-privileged area of the north of England for the past 14 years.
If appropriate, you could also share this article with your group – To Stay and To Serve: Why We Didn’t Flee Ukraine – written by a Ukrainian pastor in February 2022. The author’s Instagram (@v_ostryi) shows he and his church came good on these stated intentions.
Spend a few minutes asking God to help you to be trust him in your fears, whether that involves going or staying.
Ask one member to pray for the group, particularly for those in difficult situations.
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