November 8, 2020

Devoted to the King

Dave Zuleger (South Campus) | Acts 1:12-26

Sermon notes to come.

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,

     “‘May his camp become desolate,
         and let there be no one to dwell in it’;


     “‘Let another take his office.’

So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.—Acts 1:12–26

Sermon Discussion Questions


Introduction: Distractions that Can Easily Rule Our Heart

  1. Foundation of the Word
  2. Fuel of Prayer
  3. Faith in Action 

Application: Devoted to the King Who Rules Our Heart

Discussion Questions

  • Where do you feel your heart is distracted from King Jesus right now? 
  • Are there areas that distractions are taking dominion and causing you to act in service to them? 
  • Why is the word of God so foundational to orient our hearts around? 
  • Can you think of a promise or warning from Gods word that speaks to the distractions of your heart? 
  • Why must prayer be the fuel of all that we do? Are you devoted to prayer individually? What about with other believers? 
  • Why is prayer the most basic expression of faith?
  • Are there distractions that you need to devote to prayer? 
  • Why does time fixed on Jesus in the Word and prayer lead to humble action? Are there areas of your life where you are paralyzed? How could you take a step forward in faith? 
  • Will you take 10 minutes to think through small changes that can help you be radically devoted to King Jesus and his kingdom? 
  • What is one step you can take to humble yourself in obedience and dependence this week? 


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