Here is the curriculum for the week of January 26. Our topic is “A Profile of Salvation: the Jailer” and our text is Acts 16:16-40.
- Sermon Notes & Discussion Guide for FFC Ankeny (.pdf)
- Sermon Notes & Discussion Guide for FFC Bondurant (.pdf)
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide (.pdf)
Let me pass on some good news: this past week there have been several (4 or 5) compliments from both guests and regular attenders regarding various aspects of our Lighthouses. It is so encouraging to see Lighthouses functioning well and to see people being cared for and growing in the Lord. Leaders—you are doing an outstanding job!
Remind your Lighthouse members that each week’s Lighthouse discussion is based in the same text as the weekly message. It is important to listen to each
week’s message (they are available online if needed), and to take good notes.
Registration continues for our Marriage Retreat at Honey Creek Resort, February 28-March 1. Our guest speakers this year are Paul & Jenny Sabino.
Full details plus registration are available online at http://www.ffclife.com/marriage2014/
Overview of this Lesson
This week’s lesson proves to be an interesting insight into God’s way of reaching people with the gospel. At the same time, we see the high personal cost Christians often must pay to be the messenger of the gospel. The story begins with a demon-possessed slave girl, and ends with Paul & Silas beaten and in jail. It is in jail that God uses these two missionaries to reach and save a hardened Philippian jailer.
As you lead your Lighthouse through this week’s lesson, here are the objectives to keep in mind:
- How is God using you in your current environments (work, school, social gatherings) to reach people for Christ?
- How do you balance making a difference in the culture war with being a messenger of the gospel? In other words, how do you balance doing good works (feeding the poor) with showing loving concern for their soul?
- Are you prepared to take advantage of crises to bring the saving message of the gospel to those going through troubled times?
In the “Read the Text” section of this week’s notes, I’ve provided some extensive commentary by John Phillips. If you don’t want to read the entire commentary, it’s divided by verses, so if there is a verse you need help understanding, jump into the commentary at this point.
Here are some upcoming dates that may affect Lighthouses this semester. Keep these on your radar.
- E3 Night of Preaching — Jan. 26 (6:00 pm)
- Women’s Retreat—Jan. 31 & Feb. 1
- Super Bowl Sunday—Feb. 2
- Truth Remains Exhibit—Feb. 8 & 9
- Marriage Retreat—Feb. 28 & March 1
- Time Change Sunday (Spring Forward)—March 9
- Spring Break—March 17-21
- Easter Experience—April 13-20
- Easter Holiday (Church Offices Closed)—April 21
- Mother’s Day—May 11
- Graduation Sunday—May 18
- Spring Lighthouse Season Ends—May 23
- Labor Day Holiday (Church Offices Closed)—May 26