It’s all about Jesus (v. 18). Authority is rooted in Jesus Christ. How often do you think of Jesus Christ on a daily basis? As a church, is there anything else you can offer the world other than Jesus? Why is Jesus so indispensable in how you, as a Christian or as a church, minister to the world?
It’s about reaching people to become life-long followers of Christ (v. 19a). What is the meaning of evangelism and why is it important for Christians to evangelize? According to the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 8:13, what do you need to give up for the sake of the spiritual needs of others? Why is reaching out to those who do not have Christ in their lives more important than just maintaining the programs of the church? What do you personally do so that people without Christ could be reached by the gospel?
It’s about life change through the enablement of the Holy Spirit (v. 19b). What makes you similar to everyone who comes to church? How is your testimony at home, at work, or at school being seen by others? Could other people see changes in your life that make them think about what could have caused those changes in you? What makes it possible for those changes to happen in a person’s life?
It’s about teaching the timeless truth of the Bible (v. 20a). In this era where people feel entitled to their own opinions and point of view, why is it important for followers of Jesus to learn and teach the truth of the Bible? What are you doing to increase your knowledge of Scripture? What sources of information or learnings should you avoid so that you will not be misled from the truth? How important is it to be systematic in your study of the scripture?
Last, it’s about making an impact for the Lord (v. 20b). As God’s child and as His church, you ought to be making a difference and leaving a legacy. What impact are you making for the Lord? When God’s accounting time comes, how would your life be assessed? How does Jesus’ promise that He is there to enable you even to the end assure you that you can certainly make an impact on someone else for the Lord? Share how God has enabled you to make an impact on another person’s life for the Lord (or how He has enabled someone to make an impact on your life).