We Honor You
Weekly Lifegroup Questions
Acts of Valor: We Honor You
Pastor Kris Alexander
May 26. 27, 2012
1. This weekend we commemorated the lives of those who serve and those who have lost their lives in service to our country along with the families they have left behind. Memorial Day is more than just a day off of work and barbecues; it’s remembering and honoring heroes who have willingly given their lives so we can enjoy freedom. Who do you know that has served in one of our Armed Forces? What stories can you share of their bravery and courage?
2. We have been in this series for 6 weeks and the resounding theme has been the quote that Pastor John shared from the movie We Bought a Zoo: “All it takes is 20 seconds of insane courage …”. Share with your group how you have been able to exercise these “20 seconds”. What opportunities has God opened up and how did you act upon them?
3. Pastor Kris talked about Stephen, the first martyr and the opportunity he had to take a stand (Acts 6:8-15). What do you think you would have done in the same situation? Perhaps there is a time in your life when you had a choice to make, to stand up for your convictions at great risk to yourself or livelihood or remain silent. Which did you choose? How did Stephen respond (Acts 7)? Look at Paul’s declaration in Romans 1:16, can you say the same thing? Look also at 2 Timothy 1:8-9, why is it that we can stand firm and unwavering in our faith?
4. We learned this weekend that we are given daily opportunities to share the faith that we stake our life upon. What instruction does Paul give Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 that we can apply to our own lives? Are you ready? Are you willing to share your testimony when given the chance? Courage begins the moment you say “Yes” to God and “No” to your own comfort, your fears, your insecurities. Who else took hold of a golden opportunity (Acts 16:19-34) and what was the result?
5. All of us can look back with regret on those times we could have shared our faith, taken the time to pray for someone or simply been the hands and feet of Jesus and didn’t. Stephen’s courage in the face of major adversity changed the course of history (Acst 8:2-8). What do you think would have happened had he remained silent? Is it fear that holds you back (2 Timothy 1:7), insecurity (Exodus 4:10-12), pride (Galatians 6:3), fear of what could happen (Psalm 27:1)? Your single act of courage could change one person’s life or even the world. Don’t live in regret. Seize those God-given moments!