From where do good things come? What are some things in your life for which you are thankful that you might not normally attribute to God? We continue our Food series by focusing on meals together. Paul Kiss digs into Acts 14:17 as we are reminded to celebrate God’s goodness in our lives by enjoying a meal together.
Food: A Meal Together
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: March 10, 2019
1. From where do good things come?
“…he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness.”
2. God’s goodness right in front of us.
“For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.”
3. Celebrate His goodness this week.
● Celebrate with others. Celebrate with your family. Celebrate with your neighbours. Celebrate with some friends.
“…We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.” – Acts 14:15-17
1. What are some things in your life for which you are thankful that you might not normally attribute to God?
2. The Apostle Paul seems to attribute all good things as coming from God. Acts 14:15-17. Why don’t we do this as often today, in our modern culture?
3. Read Acts 14:8-18. Paul and Barnabas were addressing people who wanted to sacrifice to them as if they were gods. Paul says that these things are worthless, 14:15. What are the “these things” we sacrifice to today, instead of gods like Zeus or Hermes? To what are you sacrificing instead of turning to God and recognizing his goodness in all things?
4. Verse 17 suggests that things as simple as food and joyful hearts are evidence of God’s goodness in our lives. How might something as simple as sitting down to a meal together bring out the reality of this statement?
5. Take time to think about having a meal with family or friends this week. When can you do that? Which meal? Where can you do it? Who will be at it? What do you need to do to make that happen this week? Take a few minutes to think about this and then share with the rest of the group.
6. What can you do to celebrate God’s goodness while you share in this meal? Be as creative as you can.
1. Plan to have a meal with your family (whatever “family” is to you), and/or with some friends. It can be any meal of the day. Creatively use that time to be thankful to God for his goodness. Please take a picture of yourselves and upload it to our New Life webpage: here.
2. Reflect on this line in the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew. “Give us this day our Daily Bread…”