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Word Studies for the Week of March 10, 2019

March 10 ● Lent 1 - Discipleship 101: Confession and Witness ● Romans 10:8-13 When do you need to call on God the most? What kinds of things going on in your life open you up to what God is doing? Paul speaks about the Word being near to us, what might he mean? Are there times you feel far from God? Paul talks about two responses a follower of Christ has, confession with the mouth and believing through the heart, how might these reinforce each other? Paul identifies confession with our justification and identifies faith with salvation. Can you think of some synonyms for these terms that help you grasp them better? Is it easier ...

Word Studies for the Week of March 03, 2019

March 3 ● Transfiguration of Our Lord - The More Excellent Way: Listening ● Luke 9:28-43a Eight days after Jesus tells the disciples about the cross for the first time, he goes to a mountain to pray. The bible records nothing happening during that time. Might this be important, if so why? Jesus is transformed before the eyes of Peter, James and John, what event in Jesus’ life does this incident possibly look forward to? Why might it be important for the disciples to see Jesus like this? Jesus is seen speaking with Moses and Elijah about the events to come in Jerusalem. Why is it important that he is seen with these two figures? ...

Word Studies for the Week of February 24, 2019

February 24 ● Epiphany 7 - The More Excellent Way: Mercy ● Luke 6:27-38 Is love something more than an emotion? Is it also something more than an action? How can one really love their enemy? Is Jesus talking about love in a different way than most people think about it? What is Luke 6:29 really all about? Is it asking us to be a doormat for the powerful? Or is something else going on? Jesus seems to undermine any idea that love is transactional. People who are loved are never able to truly pay it back.   Is this a hopeful idea for you? Why or why not? What does judgment do to relationships? When someone judges you negatively, ...

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 ...

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 ...