Growing In Leadership Wk 9 // Leaders for Christ
What does it mean to be an ambassador?
Outside of your faith, have you ever served as an ambassador or representative of something or someone? What or who did you represent? How did you make sure you were representing it/them well?
An ambassador is someone who represents someone or something else. As ambassadors of Christ, we must recognize that we are representing Him and His kingdom wherever we go and whatever we do. We can trust that God will lead us into specific situations where we will be able to share His message with those we come in contact with.
In this week’s message, Pastor Mike wrapped up our series on leadership and challenged us to step out and be ambassadors for Christ. In today’s study, we will explore how the Apostle Paul served as Christs ambassador, and how we can learn and be challenged by his example.
Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.
What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?
Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?
Was there anything that challenged you?
Have a volunteer read Acts 18:1-6.
According to these verses, how would you describe the general attitude toward Christians during this time period?
Why do you think the author included this brief reference to Paul’s job as a tentmaker?
Paul’s tentmaking job was a means to an end for him to travel and spread the gospel message. During this time in Corinth, Paul’s primary means of earning a living was not vocational ministry. He shared the gospel in the midst of his day-to-day life and work.
How could your present job be “tentmaking” to support your family while you engage in God’s kingdom work?
How did the Jews in Corinth respond to Paul’s preaching? What was Paul’s response?
Paul had been a faithful watchman in the synagogue at Corinth. He had proclaimed God’s message of salvation in Christ. If they failed to respond, they were responsible, not Paul. Despite their responses, Paul never gave up on his fellow Jews.
Have a volunteer read Acts 18:7-11.
What was the result of Paul’s change of preaching venue?
What are some of the key characteristics of sharing the Gospel that Paul illustrated in his Corinthian experience (vv. 9-11)? How do these apply to our lives?
Three characteristics of effective witnessing are illustrated by Paul’s Corinthian experience.
First, he did not give up on his fellow Jews.
Second, he relied on the Lord. Only God’s Spirit moves someone’s heart, but we are responsible for being faithful witnesses.
Third, Paul was open to receive instructions and direction from God.
What can we learn from Paul’s time in Corinth as it relates to our own call to be leaders for Christ?
What is the biggest obstacle to you sharing the gospel with others, and why do you think that is?
In which circle of your life—family, friends, work—do you face the strongest opposition to your witness for Christ? What would it look like for you to live out Paul’s example in that area?
Ask God to give you and your group members a new vision for the people in your area.