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Word Studies for the Week of November 19th, 2017

November 19 ● Welcoming the Kingdom: Be Bold ● Matthew 25: 14-30 Is the parable of the talents in Matthew 25: 14-30 really about money or is the point something else? Explain. How does this parable make you feel, when you compare it to your own life of discipleship? How do you think it is supposed to make you feel? Is there a relationship between how much you put into your discipleship and what you get out of it? Why or why not? A pastor friend says that you can see what really matters to people by looking at their calendar and their check book; is this true? Why or why not? How do you think the two successful servants felt about ...

Word Studies for the Week of November 12th, 2017

November 12 ● Welcoming the Kingdom: Be Prepared ● Matthew 25: 1-13 What practical steps do you take to be spiritually prepared for any contingency? Is being spiritually prepared different from being prepared physically for an emergency like a fire, hurricane, or snowstorm? Explain. In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25: 1-13, the foolish neglect to prepare for the bridegroom’s coming. What things in life get in the way of our own preparing for Christ’s coming into our lives? How will you make sure you have oil in your lamp to be prepared for the coming of Christ? Read Matthew 25: 8-9, how do you feel ...

Word Studies for the Week of November 5th, 2017

November 5 ● All Saints Sunday - Welcoming the Kingdom: Be Blessed ● Matthew 5: 1-12 Carefully read Matthew 5:1, who is Jesus teaching primarily to and why would it matter? In your own words describe what the term "poor in spirit" might mean? Do the Beatitudes describe what has happened or what will happen? Explain your answer. Do you know people like those described in the Beatitudes? If so describe their situations and see if you can understand how the blessing Jesus addressed their situation? Which of the Beatitudes seems to be the most surprising to you and why? Jesus calls those who suffer persecution blessed, why would he do ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 29th, 2017

October 29 ● Reformation Sunday - Re-making God's People: Follow the Lord ● Matthew 22: 34-46 Is living out the Greatest commandment a good way to keep the focus of the church and your own individual life of faith where it should be? How might this work? What actions demonstrate your love for God, explain how they show love to God? How do you primarily show love to others? (i.e. buying gifts, complements, sending notes, helping in time of need, etc.) What actions of religious people make it hard for others to see the love of God? Is this what Luther was trying to address when his preaching started the Reformation? Mathew 22: 37 ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 22nd, 2017

October 22 ● Re-making God's People: Give to God ● Matthew 22: 15-22 Matthew shows both Herodians (those with a liberal bent) and the Pharisees (those with a conservative bent) trying to pin down Jesus. While we should be careful about how we identify modern people in the biblical text, does this kind of thing go on today? Why is asking Jesus to take sides in an argument an attempt to trap him? What is it about taking sides that could negatively affect what Jesus is trying to do? Strict Jewish law forbade using human images on coins; the Romans tolerated no disrespect of the images of the emperor. Can you see the bind that a faithful Jew ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 15th, 2017

October 15 ● Re-making God's People: Celebrate with God ● Matthew 22: 1-14 Because of the decline in church attendance in America today, do we read the parable of the wedding banquet in the text above in a new light? Verse 5 portrays those who respond to the invitation with apathy, verse 6 to those who respond with wickedness and violence.  How come each of them stand under the judgement of the king? What reasons do people give today for not participating in a life of faith? What reasons do people give for being hostile faith today? Who does the king order the slaves to invite after the initial invitees reject the invitation? What is ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 8th, 2017

October 8 ● Re-making God's People: Produce for God ● Matthew 21: 33-46 How does the story in the above passage make you feel? Is what happens to the tenants just? What about the behavior of the owner? What is the true sin of the tenants? Can you think of examples from daily life where we may be guilty of the same thing? What things does the owner build in the vineyard and what is the purpose of each? What does that tell us about the owner’s priorities? The priests and Pharisees are not equivalent to modern Jewish people, so who would they remind us of in our life today? Who were they back then? What kind of people fulfill their role ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 1st, 2017

October 1 ● Re-making God's People: Respond to God ● Matthew 21: 23-32 How well do you relate to authority? Are you generally compliant, are you resistant or does it depend upon who you are dealing with in authority? What makes it hard for those in authority and who have power to see their need for God? How might giving someone some authority actually help that person spiritually? Why do the chief priests and elders question Jesus about his authority to teach and heal? Are they threatened by Jesus? If so, how come? How do you determine if someone is exercising authority properly? What characteristics must a person’s speech and ...

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Word Studies for the Week of September 24th, 2017

September 24 ● Re-making God's People: Work with Each Other ● Matthew 20: 1-16 What does the fact that the laborers in the vineyard are paid the same no matter how long they work impress upon you? What does this parable say about the value of work? Does it affirm it or does it degrade it? Does the parable say anything about what our attitude towards work should be? Why do you think the master goes out 3 times during the day to look for workers? Does it say something about the need for the work? Or, does it say something about the needs of the worker? Why would the master choose to be so generous? What upside is there for him? Can ...