“Risk Taking as Sacrificial Worship” – audio sermon and study guide

31 Oct

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for Nov 2, 2014

  • Sermon Title: “Risk Taking as Sacrificial Worship” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
  • Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
  • Sermon Scripture: Luke 8:40-56
  • Additional Study Texts: Acts 9:1-16Luke 18:18-25

Getting Started

–  Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

– What’s the most risky thing you’ve ever done?

Digging Deeper

Read Acts 9:1-16, and Luke 18:18-25

– Where do you most identify with these characters (Ananias and the Rich Young Ruler)?

– Compare and contrast the motives of these two individuals. What drives them to risk/not risk?

– What other factors do you believe these two individuals take into account when deciding to risk/not risk?

– What’s at stake for these two individually? What’s at stake for the community in these two stories?

– Jesus says it is difficult for a “rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.” Does wealth affect our willingness to take risks for the Kingdom? If so, how?

– What are your main takeaways from these two stories?

Taking It Home

– What resonates most with you from Pat’s story (in the sermon)? Why does that resonate with you?

– How do you know if it’s God asking you to take a risk?

– See if you can come up with some criteria that will help you determine what risks are worth taking for God.

– Where is God asking you to take a risk right now?

– What’s holding you back?

– What would help you overcome these obstacles?


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