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Word Studies for the Week of December 16, 2018

December 16 ● Advent 3 - Anticipating God: Rejoicing ● Zephaniah 3:14-20 What is the difference between rejoicing and just being happy? Is there a qualitative difference? Do they come from the same place? What makes you rejoice? What kinds of things make you more likely to rejoice? Can you think of a time when you really rejoiced in something? Zephaniah encourages Israel to rejoice for two reasons in verse 3:15, what are they? How are they in common? What are the emotions that really can dampen our capacity to rejoice in life? What strategies can help us combat them? Shame, fear, and weakness are the things that will be overcome ...

Word Studies for the Week of December 9, 2018

December 9 ● Advent 2 - Anticipating God: Hoping ● Malachi 3:1-4 What is the first thing you would change in the world if you could? According to Malachi 3:1 when the messenger comes, where will God be found? What might that say about what the people of Israel are hoping for? Malachi says that the people of Israel delight in the covenant, what might that mean? Have you ever thought about your own faith life in such terms? What aspects might you delight in? The messenger is described by Malachi and as powerful and maybe even scary. Why might this be important to help give hope to the people waiting for God to come? Malachi uses ...

Word Studies for the Week of December 2, 2018

December 2 ● Advent 1 - Anticipating God: Cherishing ● 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Who is someone you cherish? Why do you cherish this person, what have they done for you? Read 1 Thessalonians 3:7-8; why does Paul value the Thessalonian Christians so much? Are there people in your life who do this for you? Is faith in Christ contagious? Why or why not? If you answered yes, can you think of some examples? What does love look like in your life? How do you know when you have it? How do you know when you give it? Who is someone you might pray regularly for? Who are those who are important in your life? What is your prayer for them? ...

Word Studies for the Week of November 25, 2018

November 25 ● The Coming Life:  The Returning Christ ● Revelation 1:4-8 How are free according to Revelation 1:5? What has accomplished this? What does this mean for you in your own words? What is the purpose that God sets us free for in Revelation 1:6 have you ever thought of yourself like this? What do priests essentially do that makes them special? What might it mean that Christ wants all his disciples to fulfill this function? Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega the last; what would it mean to say that Jesus is everything A to Z for you? What areas of your life does Jesus not yet have lordship? How might ...

Word Studies for the Week of November 18, 2018

November 18 ● The Coming Life: The Old Life Thrown Down ● Mark 13:1-8 Do you think you have the courage to put your faith to the test? If not, what help might you need? Read Mark 13:2; what is it saying about the nature of human institutions? Is there something that you thought would last forever but is fading away or has died? When people are fearful, are they more likely to be led astray by those who seek to manipulate them? Can you find an example? Is Jesus saying in Mark 13:7 that wars are an end time occurrence or just the natural result of living in sinful world? Does it matter? If so, why? Jesus states that people will be ...

Word Studies for the Week of November 11, 2018

November 11 ● The Coming Life:  Investing in God’s Future ● Mark 12:38-44 How does Jesus describe the devotional life of the Scribes in the Temple? What are they really devoted to? Does their dysfunction affect the lives of others? Do people sometimes do the right things because of improper motivation? Does it matter? Who gave the greater proportion to the work of the Lord, the rich folks or the poor widow? What does that reveal about one’s dedication to God and others? Was there anything wrong with the rich contributing from their abundance? Can one’s abundance be a resource to do good? Examine your calendar and your ...

Word Studies for the Week of November 4, 2018

November 4 ● All Saints Sunday - The Coming Life: Resurrection ● John 11:32-44 When Mary meets Jesus after the death of her brother she states that Jesus had been there Lazarus would have lived; how is this a confession of faith? How might it also show that Mary still doesn’t get who Jesus really is? Even though Jesus will raise Lazarus from the dead, he becomes deeply emotional when seeing others mourn Lazarus; what does this tell you about Jesus? How might appropriate grief be a healthy reaction to the death of a loved one? The grave of Lazarus is shut with a stone, and it has been 4 days (One longer than Jesus in the tomb ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 28, 2018

October 28 ● Reformation Sunday- Our Lighthouse: Seeing by Faith ● Mark 10:46-52 When you see a beggar on the street, what do you normally do? Do you pass by, give some money, engage in conversation? Mark 10:48 states that many in the crown were trying to get Bartimaeus to be quiet; do people sometimes get upset when the powerless and those that they look down upon speak up? How does Bartimaeus respond those trying to silence him? What lesson is there for us in his actions? Does the fact that Jesus picks out Bartimaeus from the crowd make a statement about what Jesus came to earth to do? If so, what is that statement? Is it ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 21, 2018

October 21 ● Our Lighthouse: Our Servant Savior ● Mark 10:35-45 Can you share an inspiring story of humility within a person where you did not expect it? How does that make you feel? How does living the first commandment to love God above all things naturally lead to humility? How does the world really feel about humility and being humble? What are the limits of humility for you? How do you balance humility with self-respect? How much do you think God demands? What aspects of their life do James and John reveal to be important to them by their questioning of Jesus in Mark 10:37? What event in Jesus’ life does Mark 10:38 ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 14, 2018

October 14 ● Our Lighthouse: The One Necessary Thing ● Mark 10:17-31 Talk about the main commitments in your life; what are they? How do you prioritize them? Who are the people in your life who have demonstrated a commitment to you? How does seeing someone commit to you change you? In Mark 10:22 the man found it hard to commit his possessions to the Lord; what is the easiest thing for you to give up in order to commit to someone? What is the hardest? Are the possessions that we struggle to commit to God always material things, or are there non-material things that people struggle to commit to God? When you read Mark 10:25, how ...