“Initiate” – to begin/start; to cause or facilitate the beginning of.
“Initiative” – the first step. It’s to not have to be told to do or say something, but to be self-motivated to take action or volunteer and not wait around.
Lk. 12:57 What question does Jesus ask the multitudes?
Do you take the initiative in deciding what’s right based on biblical principles, or do you let pagan/non-Christian or carnal friends, family, school teachers, and/or society or media tell you what’s right and wrong, and why?
Lk. 4:38, 39 What did Peter’s mother-in-law immediately do after she was healed of her high fever?
When people come to your home/apartment, do you take the initiative to wait on them with something to eat and/or drink or in any other way take care of them, and why?
Lk. 7:2, 3 What did the centurion take the initiative to do for his sick slave?
When someone you live with or know well is sick, do you take the initiative to help the sick person in any way you can?
Why, and how?
Lk. 22:33 What did Peter tell Jesus?
Have you ever taken the initiative to express to your spiritual leader your commitment to him, and why?
Lk. 8:1-3 What did all these women take the initiative to do for Jesus and His disciples?
Do you take the initiative to financially help support full-time Christian missionaries/evangelists without having to be asked or told to (see Gal. 6:6; 1 Cor. 9:11, 14), and why?
Lk. 8:9 What did Jesus’ disciples take the initiative to do?
Do you take the initiative to ask your spiritual leader/teacher questions about the meaning of Bible passages you don’t understand, and why?
Lk. 11:1 What did one of Jesus’ disciples take the initiative to ask Jesus?
Have you ever taken the initiative to ask a Christian who has a good prayer life to teach you how you can converse with God, and why?
Lk. 5:18, 19 What did the men who were carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher do in order to get to Jesus?
Do you take the initiative to be creative even if it means extra work for you in order to accomplish an important task?
Lk. 19:8 What was Zaccheus going to do for those he defrauded?
Do you take the initiative to repay people whom you’ve cheated, borrowed, or stolen from without their having to say anything about it, and why?
Or, have you taken the initiative to replace or pay for things you’ve broken that belong to other people, and why?
Lk. 10:30-35 What did the Samaritan do for the half dead man?
Do you take the initiative to help people you meet in life who are in true need if you are able to help, and why?
Lk. 7:36-39, 44-46 What did the woman take the initiative to do for Jesus, vs. 38?
What didn’t Simon take the initiative to do for Jesus?
When important guests come to your home, do you take the initiative to give them a friendly, warm welcome and provide whatever accommodations they need to make them comfortable, and why?
Mk. 4:36 What did the disciples do to Jesus after leaving the multitude of people after He had a long and busy day of teaching (4:2)?
Do you take the initiative to encourage your spiritual leader to get rest and relaxation after he’s had a long and busy day of ministry work, and why?
Mk. 14:12-16 What did Jesus’ disciples take the initiative to do, vs. 12?
When things need to get done for your Christian group or your spiritual leader, do you take the initiative to ask how you can get them done, or if anything needs to be done, or do you have to be told something needs to be done before you’ll do it, and why?
Jn. 1:35-39 What did two of John’s disciples do when they heard Jesus speak?
And what did they do after they saw where He was staying?
Do you take the initiative to follow a godly, spiritual leader, and if so, do you stay with him where he lives so you can learn from him, and why?
Jn. 1:44-46 What did Philip do after he found Jesus?
Do you take the initiative to tell people about Jesus and to come and learn more about Him, and why?
Jn. 2:1-5 What did Mary do when she learned that there was no more wine (vss. 3, 5)?
Do you take the initiative to help make events run smoothly when there’s a need, whether at a Christian retreat, Bible study, or other occasion, and why?
Jn. 3:1, 2, 4, 9 What did Nicodemus do because he knew Jesus came from God (vss. 2, 4, 9)?
Do you take the initiative to go and see or call godly, knowledgeable Christians and ask them questions, and why?
Jn. 4:8, 31 What did Jesus’ disciples request Jesus to do?
Do you ever take the initiative to get your spiritual leader food, especially when he’s had a long and busy day of ministering to people, and why?
Jn. 6:5-9 What did Andrew do when he learned about the need to feed the great multitude?
Do you take the initiative to help solve a problem or meet a need in your Christian group, and why?
Jn. 7:45-51 What did Nicodemus do when he heard the other Pharisees bad-mouthing Jesus?
When a spiritual leader is being negatively criticized, do you take the initiative to defend him, and why?
Jn. 11:8, 16 What did Thomas say to his fellow disciples?
Have you ever taken the initiative to be loyally supportive of your spiritual leader, and why?
Jn. 13:3-5 What did Jesus do for His disciples, vs. 5?
If you’re a spiritual leader, do you take the initiative to be a servant to your trainees or Bible study members?
Why, and if so, how?
Jn. 19:38-42 What did Joseph and Nicodemus do?
Have you ever taken the initiative to do a difficult and/or unpleasant task for your spiritual leader, and why?
Acts 4:1-3, 8-12 What did Peter do after he was arrested and put in jail for teaching the gospel?
Do you take the initiative to evangelize (share the gospel) at every opportunity you have, and why?
Acts 5:31-39 What did Gamaliel do when the religious Council wanted to kill the apostles (vss. 38, 39)?
Do you take the initiative to stand up for what’s right, even if you’re the only one who does so in a large group of people who have an opposite viewpoint than yours, and why?
Acts 6:1-3 What did the 12 apostles do when the believing Hellenistic Jews complained about the believing native Hebrews not serving their widows food?
If you’re a spiritual leader, do you take the initiative to quickly deal with problems in your church/Christian group and not ignore them with the hope that they will go away, and why?
Acts 9:22-25 What did Saul’s disciples do for Saul when the Jews were planning to kill him?
Have you ever taken the initiative to protect your spiritual leader from physical danger, and why?
Acts 10:24, 33, 42, 43 What did Cornelius do in anticipation of Peter coming to him to tell him the words of the Lord, vs. 24?
Do you take the initiative to invite your close friends to hear a good, biblical speaker/teacher, whether on audio, a video, or in person, and why?
Acts 11:2-4, 17 What did Peter do when he was wrongly accused of doing something he shouldn’t?
Do you take the initiative to defend your God-directed actions when falsely accused of doing wrong, and why?
Acts 15:5-11 What did Peter do when some false teachers (Pharisees) were teaching people in the church wrongly about what it takes to be saved, vss. 7-11?
Do you take the initiative to defend biblical truth when people state their wrong opinions as though they were the very words of God, and why?
Acts 13:6-11 What did Paul do when a false prophet was hindering his evangelistic activity, vs. 10?
Have you ever taken the initiative to sharply rebuke a false, religious leader who was hindering your evangelistic outreach, and why?
Acts 17:16, 17 What did Paul do while he was waiting for Silas and Timothy to come to him at Athens?
Do you take the initiative to evangelize wherever you go and to whomever you meet, and why?Acts 18:24-26 What did Priscilla and Aquila do with Apollos after they heard him speak and teach accurately the things concerning Jesus, but only being acquainted with John the Baptist’s baptism?
Do you take the initiative to teach Christians the Bible more fully/accurately when they only know parts of the Bible and are deficient regarding other parts, and why?
Acts 18:27 What did the Ephesian Christians do when Apollos wanted to go to Corinth to minister to the Christians there?
Do you take the initiative to encourage Christians who want to start a ministry elsewhere, and why?
Acts 21:15, 16 What did some Christians/disciples from Caesarea who traveled with Paul and Luke to Jerusalem do for them?
Do you take the initiative to help accurate Bible-teaching missionaries with food or lodging as they’re traveling in your area, and why?
Acts 27:9, 10 What did Paul admonish the centurion and soldiers who were taking him as a prisoner to Rome?
Do you take the initiative to warn people of the dangers they will incur if they make bad decisions, and why?
Acts 8:27-31, 35 What question does Philip ask the Ethiopian, vs. 30?
Do you take the initiative to ask people who are reading the Bible if they understand what they’re reading, and if they don’t, do you explain it to them if you can, and why?
Gen. 24:45, 46 What did Rebekah do for Abraham’s servant whom she had never met?
Do you take the initiative to be helpful and kind to people you meet whom you may not even know, and why?
1 Sam. 17:32-37, 45-47 Why was David so confident that he would defeat the giant Goliath, vs. 47?
Do you take the initiative to boldly fight spiritually and/or legally fight in a court of law those who are enemies of God when they’re trying to defeat God’s people and/or God’s work, and why?
Esther 4:15-17 What was Esther’s attitude toward going to see the king (which was against Media-Persian law to do if not invited by the king, the result being death) in order to plead for the lives of her people, the Jews, vs. 16?
Would you take the initiative to try and save another person’s life if it meant that your life might very well be taken in the attempt to save the other person’s life, and why?
1 Thes. 4:13, 14, 18 Why did Paul remind these Christians that when one of their loved ones dies, that believer won’t stay dead, but will be resurrected?
Do you take the initiative to comfort your fellow Christian who has had a Christian loved one die, and why?
1 Thes. 2:7, 8 What feeling/emotion did Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy have toward these Christians?
Do you ever take the initiative to share how you feel about another Christian with that Christian, and why?
2 Chron. 6:8 Though David wanted to build a house for God’s name, God chose Solomon to build it instead. But what did God say about David’s desire to build it?
[Sometimes we may take the initiative to want to do something for God, but God may decline accepting our initiative for reasons only He knows. Realize, however, that God is pleased with our even taking the initiative to want to do something to honor Him.].
Has this ever happened to you?
If so, what?