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Word Studies for the Week of February 17, 2019

February 17 ● Epiphany 6 - The More Excellent Way: Blessing ● Luke 6:17-31 According to Luke the crowd follows Jesus for three reasons, teaching, healing and the casting out of demons. Do people still look to Jesus for these things? Are there other reasons? Luke says that Jesus healed by the power that went out from him. How does the power of Christ go out today? Why might Jesus bless the poor? What about being poor leads Jesus to this? Why might Jesus bless the hungry? What about being hungry leads Jesus to do this? Why might Jesus bless the reviled and excluded? What about these things leads Jesus to bless them? Jesus tells ...

Word Studies for the Week of February 10, 2019

February 10 ● Epiphany 5 - The More Excellent Way: Following ● Luke 5:1-11 Describe a time in your life when you felt God was trying to tell you something? How did you take it? Did you listen right away or did it take a while? In Luke 5 Jesus meets Peter and gives him some instructions, what was Peter’s reaction to Peter? How might have Peter felt about Jesus at first? What makes it hard for us to listen to instruction from others? How might Peter’s response to the command to let down his nets give a clue to our own roadblocks? What does the miraculous catch of fish say about who Jesus really is? What is Peter’s reaction ...

Word Studies for the Week of February 3, 2019

February 3 ● Epiphany 4 - The More Excellent Way: Love ● 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; what does this state about what the focus and purpose of our spiritual gifts should be? Do we sometimes use our gifts for the wrong reasons? How closely does the love you give resemble the love explained in 1 Corinthians 13?  Read through the description and identify the characteristics that you feel you are approaching and those you are having trouble with? Whose love is Paul really speaking about in 1 Corinthians 13? Why might this question be an important one to bring to this text? How are you still like a child? In what ...

Word Studies for the Week of January 27, 2019

January 27 ● Epiphany 3 - The More Excellent Way: Interdependence ● 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 How well do you maintain a healthy tension between your individual responsibility and your responsibility to larger groups like your church, community, nation and world? What does the word membership mean to you? How do you think Paul is using the term in 1 Corinthians 12:12 does his implied meaning correlate with yours? Paul says “the members of the body that seem weaker are indispensable” what might be some overlooked gifts in our community that we should perhaps value more? Paul also says that all suffer with the body when one suffers, ...

Word Studies for the Week of January 20, 2019

January 20 ● Epiphany 2 - The More Excellent Way: Giftedness ● 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 How much do you feel you know about spiritual gifts? What kinds of things would you consider to be spiritual gifts? What kinds of things would be excluded? What types of idols might lead people astray these days? What kinds of things keep people from having a full relationship with God and others? According to Paul, who originates our confession of faith? Who starts the relationship? See 1 Corinthians 12:3? Paul makes the case that God activates a variety of spiritual gifts from the same source, do people always recognize this? What might keep ...

Word Studies for the Week of January 13, 2019

January 13 ● Baptism of Our Lord - Welcoming God: Living ● Luke 3:7-22 How do you know if you are living a meaningful life? What are the signs which help you discern the quality of your life? John the Baptist asks people to bear fruits worthy of repentance, what might that look like in daily life? He also asks people not to fall back to their identity as Abraham’s ancestor to save them but to change their lives now. Does this message have a particular resonance for our times today? What do the recommendations that John tells people to do have in common? Is it important that two of the groups that came to John to learn how to live are ...

Word Studies for the Week of January 6, 2019

January 6 ● Epiphany 1 - Welcoming God: Seeing ● Isaiah 60:1-6 Isaiah calls the people to rise because the light has arrived. What things might keep us in a state of sleep where we don’t see work of God in our lives? Are there times in our life where we think we would be better off staying in the dark? What would make us feel this way? What are some of the dark things that are troubling our world today? Where do these things come from? Isaiah says that when light comes the nations will come to those upon whom the light shines. What does this say about whom God cares for? Isaiah speaks of the promises that families will be ...

Word Studies for the Week of December 30, 2018

December 30 ● Christmas 1 - Welcoming God: Finding ● Luke 2:41-52 What can adults learn about God from children? Describe a time when you were astounded by a child’s question or answer to a question. What does the story of Jesus teaching in the temple say about the potential that God has given Children to lead in the faith? What concerns you about Joseph and Mary’s behavior in Luke 2:43-45? What does the response of Mary and Joseph in Luke 2:48 say about them? Have you ever responded to your children as Mary and Joseph responded to Jesus in this account? Explain how it turned out. What does this story in Luke 2:41-52 ...

Word Studies for the Week of December 23, 2018

December 23 ● Advent 4 - Anticipating God: Magnifying ● Luke 1:39-55 To magnify means to enlarge, so Mary tells God’s story to see him bigger. Does this work what might help you see God bigger in your eyes? If you had some good news who would be the first person you share it with? Why would you choose this person? If you had some bad news would you first share it with the same person or would choose another? How come? What might be some of the reasons Mary traveled a long way to see Elizabeth? How does Elizabeth come to the knowledge about Mary’s motherhood and Jesus’ identify? What might this about how God communicates ...

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 ...