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Word Studies for the Week of April 22, 2018

April 22 ● Easter 4 - Living the New Life: Sacrifice and Salvation ● John 10:11-18 What about a shepherd makes it a great way to describe God? What types of things might a shepherd have to do daily that give us an understanding of who God is? Jesus contrasts the good shepherd with the hired hands; what is the main difference between them? Who might the hired hands represent in our world today? What does caring for the sheep lead the shepherd to do according to John 10? What things are people capable of to help those whom they care for? What does Jesus say he will do for the sheep he cares for? What event in his life is he speaking ...

Word Studies for the Week of April 15, 2018

April 15 ● Easter 3 - Living the New Life: Story and Witness ● Luke 24:36-48 On what day does Jesus appear on the road to the two disciples? What is there understanding of what happened to Jesus? Why might Jesus have not wanted to be recognized at first by these two? What might have he been wanting to see or hear from them? What stories are the disciples hearing? Do their hearts believe what happened in those stories? What stories then does Jesus tell the disciples along the road? Why might this be important? What does a story attested to by the scriptures have that other stories do not? Do the disciples understand who they have ...

Word Studies for the Week of April 8, 2018

April 8 ● Easter 2 - Living the New Life: Faith and Healing ● John 20:19-31 When the disciples are hiding and afraid, Jesus appears and announces peace to them; is peace a better antidote to fear than boldness? What is the relationship between fear, boldness and peace? Why does Jesus show the disciples his hands and side? Why does Jesus need to say “peace” to the disciples again? Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to the disciples and speaks forgiveness to them; why would this be so important to say the first time he appeared to them after the resurrection? What is the relationship between forgiveness and healing? Which one comes first? ...

Word Studies for the Week of April 1, 2018

April 1 ● Easter Sunday - Dealing with Sin: The New Life! ● 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Mark 16:1-8 Call to Worship) Paul seeks to remind the Corinthians of the Good News of the Resurrection after dealing with many difficult issues in his first letter; how does the resurrection work in your life to help you deal with life’s challenges? Paul talks about how the witness was handed down to him and then passed on; who shared the resurrection message with you? Who have you shared the message with? Paul talks about how Christ’s sacrifice for our sins is “in accordance with the scriptures”; why is this an important point? Paul recounts ...

Word Studies for the Week of March 25, 2018

March 25 ● Palm & Passion Sunday - Dealing with Sin: The Death of Sin! ● Mark 15:1-39 (Mark 11:1-11 Call to Worship) Meditate on the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, why did the masses leave him to suffer so quickly? Meditate on Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, how does the loss of friends make saying goodbye so hard? Mediate on the betrayal of Judas, why do those who love us hurt us the most? Meditate on the denial of Peter, how come those who disappoint us are so often those we have hoped to depend on? Meditate on the religious and political leaders using Jesus as pawn in their power games, how come so ...

Word Studies for the Week of March 18, 2018

March 18 ● Lent 5 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with Christ! ● John 12:20-33 Jesus asks us to serve and follow; what is keeping you from doing this more fully? Can you follow Jesus on your own or do you need people alongside you? Can we really look at the life of Jesus and what he was all about without seeing what happened in his death? Jesus promises to be wherever his servants are; what does that tell you about where we are able to find Jesus when we feel we are getting lost? What could be glorious about Jesus’ death? Why might the Gospel of John use this language about that which we normally find so troubling? What might Jesus mean ...

Word Studies for the Week of March 11, 2018

March 11 ● Lent 4 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with Grace! ● Ephesians 2:1-10 Paul describes the Ephesians as being alive but dead at the same time until they meet Jesus; how can one be alive but dead?  Have you ever experienced it? To most people today following one’s passions is a good thing; why does Paul say that following the passions of the flesh can lead to destruction? Is it difficult for you to love those who do not live the way you expect them to? How difficult might it be for God to love humanity since we never seem to live the way we should? Do your imperfections sometimes get you down? What does it mean for you to be ...

Word Studies for the Week of March 4, 2018

March 4 ● Lent 3 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with God! ● 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Paul says that the cross seems foolish to those who are perishing; why might people outside the faith think this? Can you think of a time when worldly wisdom failed; what was it? What did it teach you about the nature of things? Can one have true wisdom without humility? Does one necessarily go with the other? Why or why not? Paul says the Jews demand signs and the Greeks demand wisdom and that the cross upends both of these desires. What types of signs do people generally desire? What type of wisdom does the world require? How does the cross upend our ...

Word Studies for the Week of February 25, 2018

February 25 ● Lent 2 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with Faith! ● Romans 4:13-25 How does the law help us deal with sin? How does our faith help us deal with sin? How do law and faith deal with sin differently? What is the difference between doing what is right and trying to be perfect? Can trying to be perfect lead one to doing wrong? Paul says that that law brings wrath; what does he mean by this? Where is the wrath directed at? What are some synonyms of the word faith? Which one gets closest to the true meaning of what faith is? How can Paul say it is faith that makes us righteous rather than the things we do? What do you think he is ...

Word Studies for the Week of February 18, 2018

February 18 ● Lent 1 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with Hope! ● 1 Peter 3:13-22 People doing wrong, and people suffering for what is right are two consequences of sin identified by Peter; can you identify some others? Peter links fear with failure to do what is right; what fears might keep you from doing the right thing? Peter asks his readers to always have a defense prepared that is grounded in hope; how can hope help you do the right thing? Why is the role of our hope so important in our witness to Christ? What are your hopes; how are they linked to your faith in God? Does the world believe that people who do good suffer? What does ...