We are so excited to study the book of Acts together in Student Ministry, joining in with all of North Way! This season is so different than anything we could have ever expected, impacting every area of our lives. And yet, the strange and unique times that we are currently living through are similar to the culture of the early church. As the Christian church began, it experienced God’s amazing power and awesome miracles in the face of very real challenges from a changing society. As we focus on the book of Acts, we will be reminded of what God designed the church to be and all He has empowered us to do! Our prayer is that we would go deeper in our faith through our personal study and small group discussions, and that we would grow stronger as a Student Ministry to impact our schools, friends, and families with the love of Christ.
Each week there will be daily readings from the book of Acts, which will result in you reading through the entire book by the end of this fall. During the week leading up to Student Ministry, be sure to read the verses each day or you can read through that week’s chapters several times, if you choose. Before each time you read, take a moment to ask God to speak to you through the Holy Spirit – invite his blessing and guidance over your time. As we prayerfully approach the study of His word, God shows up! As you read, take time to make notes of anything you observe, sections that stick out to you, or questions that arise. We are providing journals for you at Student Ministry, so make sure to get one, if you need it. Journaling may be new to you, but take the challenge to do it during this study – the benefits are powerful.
The journaling questions for each week will never change. They are:
Think through these questions as you read and answer the ones that apply. Our goal is to begin to observe everything that is happening in the text, going beyond just reading the text, to studying it – and then – to allow our deeper study to transform us to become more like Christ.
Along with your daily reading, there will be a “Going Deeper” challenge for you to put into practice what you’re learning. These are practical ways to grow in living out your faith.
Each week at Student Ministry, the message will focus on a theme out of the chapters that you have read through. Your small group time will focus on discussing the talk and then the journaling questions from that week’s reading. Be sure to bring your journals with you or at least, your answers to the questions. Don’t ever forget that your thoughts and questions are important and can be a great help to others in your small group.
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Start each day by welcoming the Holy Spirit’s guidance into it. Ask God to give you the spiritual ears to hear His voice, clarity to see His direction, and the faith to follow it.
Pick a friend from Student Ministry to connect with as an accountability partner for this Acts study, so that you can encourage each other to stick with it, OR pick someone in your Student Ministry to pray for throughout this study.
Ask God to show you practical ways to serve at home, school, and student ministry – this can range from helping with a task, giving an encouragement, following rules, participating in your small group, obeying your teachers, or honoring your parents. When you see or sense one of those opportunities, simply step up and serve.
Have you been water baptized? If not, this is an awesome and important next step after accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior. We have baptisms coming up at North Way and want you to be part of it! Talk with your parents about this and ask your small group leader any questions you have.
Think about a bully that you know of, someone who is angry or hard-hearted. Now, commit to pray for them each day this week that they would experience God’s transforming love – softening their heart and replacing their anger with His peace and joy. Also, be sensitive to opportunities that God may give you to connect with that person – just like Ananias had with Saul.
Write a list of the biggest hopes you currently have – the things that you are dreaming about most to happen in your life. Now, take that list and invite God into each one. Ask for His will, wisdom, clarity, direction, and patience for each of them. Pray for discernment to see which are God’s best for you and which have maybe become distractions or idols.