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Word Studies for the Week of July 22, 2018

July 22 ● Our Life in Christ: From Death to Life ● Ephesians 2:11-22 Have you ever felt estranged from God? What might have been contributing to these feelings? God’s will is to reveal that there is only one humanity, when you look at the state of the world, your community, and your family how do think we are doing at grasping this truth? List four or five things that divide people from one another, which are the most pressing? How can looking to Jesus help us with the divisions we encounter in our daily life? What does Jesus call you to do about those divisions? Read Ephesians 2:13, how has God brought you near to him? Think ...

Word Studies for the Week of July 15, 2018

July 15 ● Our Life in Christ: Our Destiny ● Ephesians 1:3-14 What kind of words is Paul using to describe our life with God in Ephesians 1:3-14? What do you think they reveal about Paul’s own attitude toward the faith? How do you feel about the idea that you might be chosen by God for a particular purpose? Does that comfort you, frighten you, burden you, release you, or affirm you? When does Paul say the Christ story began? How do you see God’s plan unfolding in your life? What do you think the word adoption means for Paul? Why does he use that to describe the process of faith? How are we adopted by God? How do we know that we ...

Word Studies for the Week of July 8, 2018

July 8 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Mission ● Mark 6:1-13 Do you ever mute your enthusiasm for your faith because you fear how others may react? If so how does this make you feel? What can you do to overcome this? Why do you think the people in Nazareth found Jesus so hard to accept in Mark 6:3? Have you ever wondered how Jesus might have felt by his rejection by the people he grew up with? What do you think would be going through his mind? Might you have had a similar experience? Is there a relationship between Jesus’ rejection in Nazareth and his sending out of the twelve to teach about the kingdom in the very next verse? Look at ...

Word Studies for the Week of July 1, 2018

July 1 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Healer and Life Giver ● Mark 5:21-43 Name the time when you were most desperate for God? What brought this desire to your heart? How are the leader of the synagogue and the woman suffering from hemorrhages alike? What unites them? Why do think Jesus kept looking for the woman who touched him? What happened when they met that would lead you to this assumption? How would you explain the statement of Jesus that the woman’s faith made her well? What role does faith play for the woman in the account? What might we learn from her? Could Jesus have healed the leader’s daughter from a distance as he did ...

Word Studies for the Week of June 24, 2018

June 24 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Master of All ● Mark 4:35-41 Describe the most fearsome storm you have witnessed, what made it so powerful, the wind, water, noise, or darkness? Does the metaphor of the storm resonate with you as way of explaining our spiritual struggles? In Mark 4:38 the disciples were freaked out by Jesus asleep in the stern. Are there times when you might feel that God is not paying attention to you? What brings these feelings on? What does Mark 4:41 reveal about who Jesus is? How might this knowledge be helpful to you in your daily life? When Jesus questions the disciples about their faith in Mark 4:40, what ...

Word Studies for the Week of June 17, 2018

June 17 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Growing Kingdom ● Mark 4:26-34 What are some of the things that come to mind when you think of the phrase “the kingdom of God?” How would answer the question “where do you find the kingdom of God?” How would you know you’re in it? Can God’s Kingdom coexist with the rest of the world? Why or why not? Can you tell a story where you were surprised by a sign of God’s kingdom that you have not noticed before? In Mark 4:27 Jesus tells us that the farmer does not know how the seed grows; it just does. What does this say about how God’s kingdom may grow around us? In Mark 4:31 Jesus ...

Word Studies for the Week of June 10, 2018

June 10 ● The Urgent Gospel: On God’s Side ● Mark 3:20-35 Does your family always agree? What does the fact that Jesus had a family that could try to stop him say about who Jesus really is? Why would Jesus’ family to restrain him? Why would they think that he was out of his mind? Why would the scribes say that Jesus is in league with the devil? What was Jesus doing that would lead them to demonize him? Jesus speaks of binding Satan, what was Jesus doing that would be described as binding Satan? What might be “plundering his house” refer to? How might one blaspheme against the Holy Spirit? What might this be referring to? Why ...

Word Studies for the Week of June 3, 2018

June 3 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Point of Worship ● Mark 2:23-3:6 What are some of the norms of behavior that have faded out in your lifetime? Why did they go away? How are rules helpful to organize one’s life? What blessings do they impart? When do rules become burdensome? How do you know a rule is not working for its community? Why does Jesus argue that the disciples should be plucking the grain? When should we be willing set aside otherwise good rules? What would make the Pharisees want to work with the enemies to destroy Jesus? What does that say about our relationship with the rules we follow? What are the central points of ...

Word Studies for the Week of May 27, 2018

May 27 ● Trinity Sunday - Living the New Life: Trinity and Gospel ● John 3:1-17 Is the mystery of the Trinity a comforting or confusing, inspiring or obscure way of talking about God? What makes you feel this way? How might the Trinity be used to tell the story of salvation? What is the role of each person of the Trinity in the history of God’s purpose? Which person of the Trinity, Father, Son or Holy Spirit do you think of most often in your worship and prayer life? How does the bible describe the relationship between the different persons of the Trinity? How might that help us determine what our relationships should be all about?...

Word Studies for the Week of May 20, 2018

May 20 ● Pentecost - Living the New Life: Spirit and Fire ● Acts 2:1-21 What abilities does the Holy Spirit give people today? What gift of the Spirit have you seen at work most in your life? Read Acts 2:2, where does the Holy Spirit come from? Does it come from within the disciples, themselves, or someone else? Besides the disciples, who were gathered in Jerusalem that first Pentecost, why might that be important to the story? What language do those gathered in Jerusalem hear the disciples preaching in? What does that say about what the Spirit is trying to do? Does everyone really understand what the Spirit is doing? If some ...