Session 2 – Commitment in Ministry


~Empowered by the Holy Spirit~


In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42-47

What happens when the Holy Spirit convicts a believer?

The clearest example is found in Acts 1:8 where the entire church is mobilized for ministry and mission.  
Acts 2 gives a preview of what happens to the Christian church when every member’s life is truly transformed by the Spirit of God and the church grows and multiplies.  
And the Holy Spirit seals our commitment to God for the advancement of God’s mission on earth.

What then is Christian commitment?

Commitment can be defined as the decision to do what needs to be done, whatever the cost— a definition that characterizes countless heroes throughout history.
Christian commitment, however, can best be defined by starting with God’s examples.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  God decided to save a lost world. The cost was the cruel, despicable death of His only Son. What made this commitment Christian? Because it was inspired by love, the love defined by Jesus. “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ ” (John 15:13).

How does this apply to the followers of Jesus?

Jesus asked Peter three times in John 21 “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Peter replied three times “Yes, Lord, you know I love you…” Three times Jesus said to Peter, “feed my lambs” once and twice “feed my sheep.” Then he told Peter the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.  Then Jesus said to him ‘Follow me’ ” (John 21:15–19).
Following Jesus, or feeding His lambs and His sheep—this was Peter’s mission. And love inspired him to fulfil it. While Peter didn’t quite understand the mission when he first became a disciple, he grew in love and became one of the founders of the Christian church—a commitment that, in the end, cost him his life.  Therefore, spiritual commitment reflects a personal depth of faith and is manifested in both attitudes and behaviours.

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
Tell about a time you felt “all-in” for God.

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. As you study Acts 1:8 and Acts 2:41-48, share your discoveries of the characteristics of the early church that is the model for us today.
2. As you read the Acts of Apostles chapter 5 on the gift of the Spirit, share with the group two key points you have learnt from the chapter that God had spoken to you.
3. Study 2 Timothy 1:14. What precious truth did the Holy Spirit entrust to you? Share your insights. 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. What is keeping the Holy Spirit from doing His work in your life? Share with the group.
2. Explore how you can partner with the Holy Spirit to do more in your ministry in your local church.
3. Share two most significant areas in your life that you need to change with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. To allow the Holy Spirit to guide and lead in my ministry
  2. To partner the Holy Spirit in my ministry
  3. To let the Holy Spirit guide and change me from the inside out
The work of the Holy Spirit is often confused or have little emphasis on the lives of every Adventist.  
As a group, discuss the works of the Holy Spirit that will seal our commitment to Jesus, and not solely based on our personal will, power or determination.
Encourage each member to recognize that the Holy Spirit will grant them different spiritual gifts, abilities, experiences, guidance, wisdom and goodness. All these gifts have one purpose – it is for the glory of God.  
Encourage the disciple to serve in his/her local church and emphasize that being involved in the life of the church is not an option but comes from a heartfelt compassion that is empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Help the disciple to understand more about the works and roles of the Holy Spirit to help him to be a better disciple for Jesus.
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