By Dan Lentz
1. The adoption curve was developed to show how quickly certain people embrace change. The first people to embrace change are called “innovators” and the last people to embrace change are called “laggards.” If you drew a line on a piece of paper with innovators on one end and laggards at the other, where would you fall? (Neither end of the line is wrong.) Then ask members of your group if they agree or disagree with your personal assessment.
Read Acts 28:16, 17, 23-31.
2. What were some of the strategies Paul used to try to persuade the Jewish leaders that the Messiah had come?
3. Since these men were leaders of the Jewish faith in Rome, what barriers do you think they faced in making the decision to change and believe in Jesus as the Messiah?
4. Tell the group about the changes you are facing currently. Has the Lord prompted you to make some of these changes?
5. When it comes to the Lord’s will and change, how difficult is it for you to make changes to lifelong patterns? Does your natural spot on the adoption curve impact how quickly you embrace change?
6. How can we avoid developing a calloused heart in the process of embracing healthy change? Close by praying for the Lord’s perspective on all change issues we face in life.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.