A New Identity
Community Group Questions:
Have you ever experienced a truly cross-cultural experience? What was that like for you? What was exciting, difficult, joyful, and intimidating about it?
When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see, and are you encouraged by the thoughts that flow through your mind or discouraged? Explain.
Engage the Text:
What in this passage most stands out to you? Why is that?
In v. 22, the Jerusalem church “sent” Barnabas to Antioch, while in v.v. 29 and 30, the church in Antioch “sent” financial relief to Judea. What are some things that stand out about these two sendings?
Engage your Neighbor:
In what ways has the last two sermons challenged the way you view your neighbors, especially those who are different from you?
Spend some time praying for those in your neighborhood, that you might have opportunities to share with them the love of Jesus in both word and deed.
Engage your Family:
Talk with your kids about their friendships. Ask them if they ever leave anyone out, or if they’re ever left out. Ask them how they think it makes the “other” feel or how it makes them feel. Use this as an opportunity to encourage kindness and hospitality.