If Jesus is King

Big Idea: The kingship of Jesus is a reality that turns the world upside down.


            Acts 17:2-3

            Psalm 18:50

            Acts 17:4-9

The decision that Jesus is king changes all other decisions.


If Jesus is king, your enemy is not your enemy.

            Matthew 5:43-44


If Jesus is king, status is upside down.

            John 13:14-15


If Jesus is king, right and wrong is objective.

Where do you need to submit to King Jesus right now?

            Matthew 16:24-25


The Lord’s Prayer:

            Our Father in heaven,
            Your name be honored as holy.
            Your kingdom come.
            Your will be done
            On earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us today our daily bread.
            And forgive us our debts,
            As we also have forgiven our debtors.
            And do not bring us into temptation,
            But deliver us from the evil one.


Message Questions

We are continuing our study in the book of Acts, which is the story of the Holy Spirit igniting the Jesus movement through faithful obedience of a few humble people. We continue that same story today. The Holy Spirit will use the teachings of Acts to inspire you to do the same thing the earliest followers of Jesus did when they first understood the magnitude of what God has done through Christ: to GO. This Sunday, the big idea is: The kingship of Jesus is a reality that turns the world upside down. Our passage is Acts 17:1-9.

Use these questions to discuss the message from Sunday, focusing on how you can grow as an everyday follower of Jesus and how you can go accomplish what Jesus calls you to do.

  1. Have someone in the group look up the word "Monarch.” Discuss as a group how you think life under a monarchy would be different than the governmental system we have here in America. What are the strengths of it? What are its challenges?
  2. Have someone read Acts 17:1-5. Who was the audience? What was the message that Paul proclaimed to them? How did they respond to Paul's message?
  3. Now have someone read Acts 17:6-9. Based on what you have seen so far in the book of Acts, how had the Christian movement been turning the world "upside down"? What was the message that Paul was being accused of proclaiming? Why do you think it was problematic for that time and place?
  4. Pastor Wyatt said that if Jesus is king, then Caesar is not — and you are not. What areas of your life do you need to grow in your trust in Jesus as king? Where do you need to submit to King Jesus right now? What are tangible things you can do this week in those areas?
  5. How is Jesus calling you to go this week and proclaim the message of his rule and reign as king? Who in your life needs to hear this message?

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