SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Religion
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 6-7

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Religion might not seem like a giant to overcome unless you’re an atheist. But did you know the source of much persecution and oppression around the world is religious groups? The prophets, the apostles, the early church, and even Jesus Himself all had run-ins with religious leaders and formalized religious systems. Some of you come from a very religious background but now enjoy the freedom of a relationship with God through Jesus. How does one successfully stand up to religious pressure while impacting it with the gospel? Let’s see how Stephen did it.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: October 10, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Religion”
Text: Acts 6-7

Main Point
Religion might not seem like a giant to overcome unless you’re an atheist. But did you know the source of much persecution and oppression around the world is religious groups? The prophets, the apostles, the early church, and even Jesus Himself all had run-ins with religious leaders and formalized religious systems. Some of you come from a very religious background but now enjoy the freedom of a relationship with God through Jesus. How does one successfully stand up to religious pressure while impacting it with the gospel? As we confront the giant of religion, let’s see how Stephen did it.

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” —Luke 18:14

Talk about It

  1. How would you briefly describe the differences or contrasts between religion and the gospel to 1) a religious person; 2) an unbeliever; 3) a child? Practice with your group.
  2. As a believer, how can religion creep into your own heart? How can you be on guard against religious hypocrisy? What needs to change?
  3. Read 1 Peter 3:15. Share what you do to equip yourself with Scriptures, ready to give an answer to the religious person.
  4. Why is thinking, They’ve got their own belief system, I’ve got mine, and I don’t want to impede on them wrong? How could you overcome that to be impactful, giving answers for biblical faith?
“When you’re religious, you make it about what you do. When you’re saved, you make it about what He’s done. —Pastor Skip

Make It PracticalPrayCross references: Matthew 3:9; 23:13-39; Luke 13:28; 18:10-14; John 1:12; Philippians 3:4-11; 2 Timothy 3:5; James 1:26-27; 1 Peter 3:15

OUTLINE


  1. He Was Spiritually Equipped (Acts 6:3, 5, 8-10)

  2. He Was Scripturally Adept (Acts 7:1-50)

  3. He Was Skillfully Direct (Acts 7:51-53)

  4. He Had Sacrificial Respect (Acts 7:54-60)

Keywords: the gospel, heaven, Israel, Old Testament, relationship, religion, respect, salvation, self-righteousness, truth


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