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 ...

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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 ...

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Word Studies for the Week of May 13, 2018

May 13 ● Easter 7 - Living the New Life: Prayer and Unity ● John 17:6-19 Jesus speaks of those he proclaimed to as “those God gave me”; do you think it is natural to view those whom you have shown love to as gifts from God? Explain why you feel the way you do? Jesus prays for those within the faith first in John 17:9; how does this strike you, is this the way your prayer life should work as well? Jesus is asking that the Father protect those that belong to Jesus; what things do you think there are that disciples need to be protected from today? Are they ...

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Word Studies for the Week of May 6, 2018

May 6 ● Easter 6 - Living the New Life: Choice and Love ● John 15:9-17 Do we control our ability to love? Is loving someone a conscious choice? What is your explanation of what love is? Jesus asks us to keep his commandments in order to abide in his love; do your relationships with family and friends also have certain rules which demonstrate love? Are there things you need to do, and are there things you need to avoid? Jesus speaks of sacrificing one’s life for his or her friends is the greatest form of love; so when he asks us to love others as he has loved ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 29, 2018

April 29 ● Easter 5 - Living the New Life: Bearing Fruit in Relationship ● John 15:1-8 What words would use to describe what Jesus means when he says, “I am the vine”? What is the chief point he is making by using this metaphor? Jesus brings up the difficult idea that some branches must be pruned in order for fruit to be borne; what reasons does he give for which branches will be pruned? Jesus says that no one can bear fruit unless they abide in him; what does this mean for you in your life now? Are you abiding in Christ? Jesus says those that abide in ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 22, 2018

April 22 ● Easter 4 - Living the New Life: Sacrifice and Salvation ● John 10:11-18 What about a shepherd makes it a great way to describe God? What types of things might a shepherd have to do daily that give us an understanding of who God is? Jesus contrasts the good shepherd with the hired hands; what is the main difference between them? Who might the hired hands represent in our world today? What does caring for the sheep lead the shepherd to do according to John 10? What things are people capable of to help those whom they care for? What does Jesus say ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 15, 2018

April 15 ● Easter 3 - Living the New Life: Story and Witness ● Luke 24:36-48 On what day does Jesus appear on the road to the two disciples? What is there understanding of what happened to Jesus? Why might Jesus have not wanted to be recognized at first by these two? What might have he been wanting to see or hear from them? What stories are the disciples hearing? Do their hearts believe what happened in those stories? What stories then does Jesus tell the disciples along the road? Why might this be important? What does a story attested to by the scriptures ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 8, 2018

April 8 ● Easter 2 - Living the New Life: Faith and Healing ● John 20:19-31 When the disciples are hiding and afraid, Jesus appears and announces peace to them; is peace a better antidote to fear than boldness? What is the relationship between fear, boldness and peace? Why does Jesus show the disciples his hands and side? Why does Jesus need to say “peace” to the disciples again? Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to the disciples and speaks forgiveness to them; why would this be so important to say the first time he appeared to them after the resurrection? ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 1, 2018

April 1 ● Easter Sunday - Dealing with Sin: The New Life! ● 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Mark 16:1-8 Call to Worship) Paul seeks to remind the Corinthians of the Good News of the Resurrection after dealing with many difficult issues in his first letter; how does the resurrection work in your life to help you deal with life’s challenges? Paul talks about how the witness was handed down to him and then passed on; who shared the resurrection message with you? Who have you shared the message with? Paul talks about how Christ’s sacrifice for our sins is “in ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 25, 2018

March 25 ● Palm & Passion Sunday - Dealing with Sin: The Death of Sin! ● Mark 15:1-39 (Mark 11:1-11 Call to Worship) Meditate on the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, why did the masses leave him to suffer so quickly? Meditate on Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, how does the loss of friends make saying goodbye so hard? Mediate on the betrayal of Judas, why do those who love us hurt us the most? Meditate on the denial of Peter, how come those who disappoint us are so often those we have hoped to depend on? Meditate on the religious ...

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