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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 ...

Word Studies for the Week of October 7, 2018

October 7 ● Our Lighthouse: The Open Heart ● Mark 10:2-16 How do you promote unity within your family? What are some concrete things that you do to accomplish this? (Family dinner, vacations, etc.) Describe the relationship between trust and unity. Which one should come first and why? What does Mark 10:2-9 reveal about God’s will for our marriage relationships? How might, Mark 10:10-12, make us think differently about what adultery actually is? Are these verses threatening too many in our current cultural situation? If divorce is a sin, how do we react to those who are divorced? If you are divorced, how do you take these words ...

Word Studies for the Week of September 30, 2018

September 30 ● Our Lighthouse: The Rocks of Sin ● Mark 9:38-50 Have you ever felt that you were getting in the way God’s plan because of your own wants or needs? Is it easier to see it in others or yourself? Why might the disciples have wanted to stop the person helping others in Jesus’ name? What might that be about? Read Mark 9:41; many scholars see this verse as encouragement to support mission, do you think so? Why or why not? Read Mar 9:42; when we put stumbling blocks before others who does Jesus say it will really hurt? Are the body parts that Jesus identifies as being potential causes of stumbling important? What ...

Word Studies for the Week of September 23, 2018

September 23 ● Our Lighthouse: God’s Greatness ● Mark 9:30-37 Why do you think the disciples have such a hard time comprehending Jesus’ need to suffer and die? What kinds of things do you expect from your leaders?  How well do they measure up? How would you define greatness? (In leadership? In life? In talent?) How does Jesus define greatness? How easy is it to reconcile Jesus’ version of greatness with your own? How can one serve all? Is it really possible for a person to do? What help would someone need? Why might welcoming children be a sign that points one to proper leadership? What qualities of children in ...

Word Studies for the Week of September 16, 2018

  September 16 ● Our Lighthouse: God out Front ● Mark 8:27-38 Read Mark 8:28; who are some of the people that the disciples tell Jesus that people are identifying with Jesus? What do they have in common? Who does Peter say Jesus is? Why is this important? Why does Jesus ask the disciples to remain quiet? Why might have Peter rebuked Jesus when he described what must happen to the Son of Man in Mark 8:31? Why does Jesus call Peter Satan? Read Mark 8:34; how does this verse make you feel? What would you identify as being your cross to bear if you were to follow Jesus more intently? Have you used prayer to take stock of ...

Word Studies for the Week of September 9, 2018

September 9 ● Our Lighthouse: Crossing Borders ● Mark 7:24-37 How well do you deal with interruptions? Do you see them as a nuisance or an opportunity? Read Mark 7:24; what was Jesus intent on doing? What does this say about Jesus and about what he was going through that moment? Why was the fact that the woman was a gentile and a member of a people who were long term rivals of Israel important? What was this saying about God’s power? What might it say about what God wants to do? Read Mark 7:27; what was Jesus doing? What is he calling the woman? Does this give a different picture of Jesus than you are used to? Explain the ...

Word Studies for the Week of September 2, 2018

September 2 ● Our Lighthouse: Renewing the Heart ● Mark 7:1-8, 14-23 Do the Pharisees who question Jesus about his disciples not washing their hands have a point? If so, what is it? Why is Jesus upset with the Pharisees? Is there something wrong with what they are teaching? (See vs. 6-8) What could be the negative motivations of Pharisees that Jesus seems to be talking about? Are there some positive ones? Read Mark 7:15; is this how we normally think about what corrupts people? Or do we blame the things outside of ourselves? (Think about those who blame music, movies, or other influences when they are caught in a crime) Is Jesus ...

Word Studies for the Week of August 26, 2018

August 26 ● Our Life in Christ: God’s Protection ● Ephesians 6:10-20 Do you ever feel that you are under attack from forces beyond your control? What makes you feel this way? What’s keeping you back from being more excited about sharing your faith in Jesus? Read Ephesians 6:12, who is our real enemy? Do we sometimes do damage to people by labeling them as the enemy when they are not? If so, does our treatment of those who give us trouble in life matter? Paul will describe the differing aspects of a life of faith as the various tools of the soldier (the whole armor of God).  Should these be used only for defense, or do these tools ...

Word Studies for the Week of August 19, 2018

August 19 ● Our Life in Christ: Seizing the Day ● Ephesians 5:6-20 What is the state of your life of faith these days? How successful have you been in walking in the light of Jesus Christ? Have you at times felt as if passing through a dark valley? Or, has it been good lately? Explain. Ephesians 5:15 recommends we live as wise people because of the time. What are some of the characteristics of wise people that you can identify? (For starters see Psalms 110:10, Proverbs 15:33, Isaiah 33:6) What reason does Paul give for “making the most of the times” (Ephesians 5:16)? What might he mean by this? What would propel this sense of urgency? ...

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