3.02 Prayer and the Word

So, there is distinction between the original Apostles Jesus called and the others who were then also “sent” out later. The word “missionary” does not appear in the New Testament. The Church adopted the term missionary primarily to avoid the abuse of the term Apostle. We have seen people posing as such, seeking to take on the authority and power presumed by said role, but GSM will take a humbler approach, simply recognizing that there is an apostolic ministry for us today, but it too is built on the foundation of the original Apostles, the Prophets, and Christ, according to Ephesians 2:18-22 (ESV): “For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in Whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”

  1. Acts 13:1-3 What is your initial response to the passages? On a scale of 1 to 10, how well does your church’s prayer life reflect your faith in how the Spirit works through the Church?
  2. Mark 11:24-25; John 14:14; 1 John 5:14-15: What is your initial response to these passages? On a scale of 1 to 10, how well does your prayer life reflect your faith in what Jesus said?
  3. 2 Chronicles 7:14: Who is being described in this passage? Who is this promise for? What conditions or requirements does God give?
  4. Mark 1:35; Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12-13: When did Jesus pray? What possible distractions was Jesus avoiding? What did Jesus do to ensure time alone with God?
  5. Matthew 17:20-21; Mark 9:29: What was going on in this story? What was the dilemma? Who needed the prayer? Special demons or the disciples? Why? What’s the point Jesus is making?
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