Discussion | The Story of Jesus Spread Faster
Jon: You are listening to the discussion questions for the episode, “The Story of Jesus Spread Faster”
Bradon: In today’s story, we learned about a good man, Stephen, who was falsely accused and then murdered. The religious leaders and other Jews were angry that he was sharing the message about Jesus, so they lied about what he was saying. Long story short, they dragged him out of the city and threw rocks at him until he died. That very day the people began persecuting the believers in Jerusalem and Judea. The believers were scattered all over and took the message about Jesus with them. We learned that during the worst-case scenario, the story about Jesus was spreading faster than ever!
- Why do you think the believers were still willing to share the message about Jesus after Stephen’s death and the start of persecution?
- It seemed pretty important to the first believers to share the story about Jesus. Why do you think this is?
- If someone were to ask you, “who is Jesus?” How would you respond?
Bradon: Today’s story is pretty heavy and speaks to a question we received about how to make God #1 in your life.
Jon: Anytime things get hard, we naturally ask the question, is it worth it? Do I want to continue?
Bradon: This is true about everything in life from sports to homework, relationships, and following Jesus!
Jon: Each time we experience something hard regarding our relationship with Jesus, we are faced with this question. Is it worth it? Do I want to continue?
Bradon: If we say yes, our resolve and commitment to follow Jesus become greater, and Jesus takes a more significant role in our lives. Know that for Jesus to become #1 in our lives; it is a process. It seems every week I am challenged to take something within my life and say Christ is more important and then live accordingly. It’s by far the most challenging, rewarding, and important thing I do.
Jon: So our tip is this, name one thing that is challenging Christ for importance in your life, then choose Christ and do your best to live according to that decision!
At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.