December 9/10 Conflict in the Early Church
December 9/10 Conflict in the Early Church

December 9/10 Conflict in the Early Church

December 9/10 Conflict in the Early Church



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Welcome to the fourth week of our series, Tandem. This week, we consider three choices the early church made when facing conflict and how these choices unleashed the power of the Gospel.

What is your favorite Christmas food, and why?



Have someone read Acts 6:1-7 aloud.

Who are the two groups mentioned in this story, and what is the conflict?

What emotions do you think the two groups experienced in this situation?

What positive outcomes unfold in verses 5-7 after appointing the servants?



Pastor Aaron Buer talked about three choices of the early church during conflict. As a group, name his main points.

Which part of the sermon encouraged or challenged you the most, and why?

Jesus prayed for unity among believers in his prayer in John 17. Why do you think unity among believers from diverse backgrounds is important to Jesus?

What would it look like in practical terms for our church to pursue greater unity amidst our diversity?

Do you gravitate more toward emphasizing the “Word” or “Deed” aspects of faith, and why?

How can you grow in embracing both word and deed fully?

Share about a time when you’ve seen powerful tandem ministry—Word and Deed together. What made it impactful?

In what areas of your life do you struggle to obey Jesus’s leadership fully? What holds you back?

The priests had to leave their old livelihoods and identities behind to follow Jesus. Is there anything Jesus asks you to lay down or let go of to follow him more fully?

How can we encourage each other this week to keep pursuing unity, Word and Deed, and obedience even when it’s costly or difficult?

Is there anything else about the sermon you wanted to talk about?



Today, we discussed the early church’s choices during conflict that unleashed the Gospel. What changes do you need to make in your life based on our discussion today?

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