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Word Studies for the Week of June 25th, 2017

June 25 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Third Commandment ● Matthew 10: 24-39 How rested are you? Do you often get time to unwind and be with those you care about? What are some of the blessings that might come from keeping a Sabbath? Jesus asks us to acknowledge God before others, how is your worship attendance a statement of your faith? In the catechism Luther centers the Sabbath on hearing the Word through preaching, what other aspects of Sabbath keeping are there? Are they of equal importance? How is Sabbath keeping a witness to your faith in God? What message does it send a message to your friends and neighbors ...

Word Studies for the Week of June 18th, 2017

June 18 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Second Commandment ● Matthew 9:35-10:8 How does the Second Commandment flow from the first commandment? What are some of the ways that we can take the Lord’s name in vain or use it in a meaningless manner? Why are people more likely to be offended by curse words that describe human bodily functions than those that take God’s name in vain? Do we sometimes use God’s name to hurt others? Can you think of some ways this happens? Luther looks at the Second Commandment in two ways, the command not misuse God’s name and as an imperative to call on him, which is harder for you ...

Word Studies for the Week of June 11th, 2017

June 11 ● Trinity Sunday: The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The First Commandment ● Matthew 28: 16-20 Can a person have more than one god? What gods do people put before the one true God? How would you define the term god? Is there a difference between a god and God? Luther says the first commandment is that we are to fear love and trust God above all things; how often do we break this commandment? What does the term “fear God” mean to you? How do you “fear God”? How does one know if they love God or not? What things are tangible demonstrations of our love for God? What things can block your trust in God? Does ...

Word Studies for the Week of June 4th, 2017

June 4 ● Pentecost How to Survive: Live in the Spirit ● Romans 8: 14-17, 22-27 Luther says about verse 8:14 that we are: “not to fear death… and likewise give up the empty pleasures of the world and its corrupt and sordid prizes… This is not characteristic of our nature, but is a work of the Spirit of God in us.” How does the Spirit help us overcome the worst in ourselves? Paul like Jesus contrasts the slave and child, how are they different, how are they similar? What is the comfort of being known as a child of God? Using Paul’s language, what pressures in creation groaning under these days? What pressures are we groaning ...

Word Studies for the Week of May 28th, 2017

May 28 ● Easter 7 How to Survive: Humble Oneself ● 1 Peter 4: 12-14; 5: 6-11 Read verses 4:12-13.  Does suffering an ordeal mean that one has lost God’s favor according to Peter? Is there a difference between prosperity and blessedness?  Do you think the Bible can have a different idea of blessing than many people in our culture today do? What are some of the ways that being humble can be really satisfying?   Does it always have to be hard; or can one find peace though it? What does it mean that we have a God who willingly calls us to cast our cares upon him?   What does that say about how God views us?   How does this ...

Word Studies for the Week of May 21st, 2017

May 21 ● Easter 6 How to Survive: Resist Fear ● 1 Peter 3: 13-22 What are some things that our culture fears that Christians should not?   What are some of things that Christians should fear? How does keeping God holy in our hearts help us overcome our fear?   What is God’s most consistent message to you? How hard is it to keep one’s conscience clear when one is facing unjust suffering?   How does returning evil for evil destroy our own selves? Luther states that “God does not want us to search for misfortune and to choose it ourselves. Walk in faith and love. If the cross comes, accept it. If it does not come, do not ...

Word Studies for the Week of May 14th, 2017

May 14 ● Easter 5 How to Survive: Trust God ● 1 Peter 2: 11-12, 19-25 Luther states that the Christian must “act like a stranger in an inn who does not have his possessions there but only takes food and gives his money for it. For here there is only a stopover where we cannot remain. We must proceed on our journey. We are citizens in heaven; on earth we are pilgrims and guests.”   How does this metaphor work for you?   Is it hopeful or scary? Why does Peter say we should guard our conduct in verse 2:12?   How might the concept of being a good guest help us think about our behavior? Is there a difference between suffering for ...

Word Studies for the Week of May 7th, 2017

May 7 ● Easter 4 How to Survive: Proclaim Christ ● 1 Peter 2: 1-10 Is it easier to listen to someone about deep and important things who is transparent about who they are? What might it mean to let yourself be built into a Spiritual house? How might you go about it? Where are you living in the dark?  Where are you living in the light?  How is God at work in you today? Luther writes: “You must, says Peter, exercise the chief function of a priest, that is, to proclaim the wonderful deed God has performed for you to bring you out of darkness into the light. And your preaching should be done in such a way that one brother proclaims ...

Word Studies for the Week of April 30th, 2017

April 30 ● Easter 3 How to Survive: Seek Holiness ● 1 Peter 1: 13-23 Are Holiness and spirituality the same thing? Why or why not? Luther says about Holiness “The little word “holy” designates that which is God’s own and is due to Him alone…therefore see to it that you do not let yourselves be led again into the worldly lusts. But let God alone reign, live, and work in you.” We tend to think of worldly lusts in terms of personal vices, but are there other desires that can lead you from God? Peter encourages his readers to be holy, how might an ordinary person go about being holy in their everyday life? Peter calls for ...

Word Studies for the Week of April 23rd, 2017

April 23 ● Easter 2 How to Survive: Live Hope ● 1 Peter 1: 3-9 Peter addresses his letter to “the exiles in the Dispersion” who live in cities in what is today the country of Turkey. Is there a sense that when one becomes a Christian one will necessarily feel different than the culture one lives in? Explain. Peter affirms the identity of those he writes to, how does remembering who we really are help us to navigate anxious times? Peter states that we will be tested; what is expectation of how we will come out of the testing in the end? Why is this important? What things help you find some peace when you are stressed out? What ...