SERIES: Not So New. Not So Normal.
SERMON: Magnify the Magnificent
PASSAGE: Acts 19:11-41
TEACHER: Ryan Paulson, Lead Pastor
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Welcome to Church With EFCC
Our latest series is about gaining vision for and an invitation to a life that is not so new and not so normal. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at some of the ways the early church lived – so it’s not new, it’s 2,000 years old. But as we’re also going to see, it’s not normal, it was very strange. Following Jesus is anything but normal. In one of his letters, Peter called Christians a “peculiar people.” That means we’re different; even strange.
Be prepared because over the next few weeks, you will be challenged to jump off the “normal” path and onto something that’s weird. Strange. Abnormal. We hope you are enjoying the Not So New, Not So Normal series. This weekend we will be celebrating communion together in all of our services.
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Let’s worship the Lord together! If you’re joining us on-campus, the worship lyrics are available on screen for our in-person services. Or follow along on-screen with us if you’re worshiping with us online. See the online service links below to view a service. Both our Classic and Modern services are online via our main EFCC Online Church platform or later on Sunday morning via YouTube. To watch online, you will need to set up an account on the Online Church platform (with an email address and a password), if you do not already have one or have not used Online Church in the past.
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Keep Growing …
In light of this weekend’s sermon, following are some ways that we can continue to grow in our relationship with God, both personally and in connection with others.
Life/Family Group Questions
Engaging With Each Other
1. What task do you enjoy that most people would find boring?
Engaging With the Scriptures
2. Look again at verses 11-20.
– What are your observations from what you read?
– What are your thoughts about the sons of Sceva?
– What are your thoughts about the behavior of the believers in verses 18-19?
– What do you find most helpful and/or challenging from this part of the account?
3. Look again at verses 23-27.
– What are your thoughts about Demetrius? What’s driving him?
– Who would be the Demetriuses of our day? What is their trade? What is their craft?
– How well do you do at not supporting the Demetriuses of our day? (This question could be for private consideration.)
4. Look again at verses 28-40.
– What are your observations about what is going on in verses 28-34?
– If a scene like this were to unfold today, people might not be shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians,” but what would they likely be shouting? Why?
5. When you think about resilience, what is a bigger challenge for you – the pressure of numbers or the pull of emotions? Why?
Engaging the Scriptures with Life
6. From this text, what is the big idea or the main thing that God has made clear to you? What is one thing you can do this week to apply the main thing?
“Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together! I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Psalm 34:3-5
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