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Word Studies for the Week of July 23rd, 2017

July 23 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Seventh Commandment ● Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Is stealing only about the theft of other people’s money or stuff? Or, are there other things we can steal from our neighbors? Luther says that providing low quality goods and services is a form of stealing; do you think this is the case? Luther also teaches that using crooked deals to get things is also a form of stealing; are there times when something might be legal according to the law of the land, but actually be a form of theft? If so, can you give an example? How is keeping your word an important tool to keep oneself on track ...

Word Studies for the Week of July 16th, 2017

July 16 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Sixth Commandment ● Romans 8:1-11 Does the commandment against adultery have anything to say to those who are not married? If so what is the principle behind the command, or the as the bible says the “spirit” of this law? Why do so many people find it hard to maintain faithful relationships in our current time? What pressures do you see that make it harder for people to remain faithful? Is the command against adultery only about intimate relationships or does also address other areas where we might be unfaithful? What might some of those ways of being unfaithful be? What is ...

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Word Studies for the Week of July 9th, 2017

July 9 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Fifth Commandment ● Matthew 11:25-30 Some have said that the command not to kill may be the hardest for us to keep, how could this be so? (See Matthew 5: 21ff) Luther called the commandment not to kill, the protective wall for all relationships, how might this be so? In the explanation of the command not to kill found in the small catechism, there is both a prohibition against hurting others, but also an obligation to help others in their time of need. Have you ever looked at the command in this way before? How is this different from the world’s default way of looking at things? ...

Word Studies for the Week of July 2nd, 2017

July 2 ● The Ten Commandments, A Better Way Life: The Fourth Commandment ● Matthew 10: 40-42 What changes have you witnessed in how people in our culture engage authority during your lifetime? Are these changes good, bad, or mixed? When has it been hard for you to honor your mother and father? What issues seem to bring the most tension in your relationship? How are our mother and father representative of authority? What gives them authority? How are the privileges of authority exemplified by our parents? How are the limits of authority demonstrated in our relationship with them? What are the responsibilities that come with ...

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 ...