Word Studies for the Week of May 19, 2019

May 19 ● Easter 5 - Knowing the Risen One: Sharing Christ ● Acts 11:1-18 What are some of the obstacles that we face when we would like to share our life in Christ with others we meet in daily life? Which of these obstacles come from our own internal life (our anxieties, preferences, etc.) and which come from the culture? Because they kept kosher, the first Christians could not eat with those who were not Jewish. Why would not being able to accept the hospitality of others be an impediment in doing God’s work to bring hope to the nations? Peter faced ...

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Word Studies for the Week of May 12, 2019

May 12 ● Easter 4 - Knowing the Risen One: Hearing Christ ● John 10: 22-30 How does Jesus identify those whom he considers his sheep? What two things must they sheep do? How well do you think you do at these two things? What are the qualities of sheep that are positive? What qualities of sheep serve to remind us to stay humble? What promises does Jesus the shepherd give to the sheep in verses 27-30? How can they help people in daily life? How do the terms Messiah and Shepherd work together? What does a Messiah do? What does a shepherd do? How might one ...

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Word Studies for the Week of May 5, 2019

May 5 ● Easter 3 - Knowing the Risen One: Loving Christ ● John 21:1-19 Where does Jesus appear to the disciples in John 21? How is this place different than the places of the other appearance accounts and why is this important? Peter goes fishing; is this symbolic of wanting to go back to his old life? How productive are the disciples without Jesus around? Who was the first to recognize Jesus? What does Peter do when he finds out? How do you explain Peter’s actions? What is the first thing Jesus ask the disciples to do when they get to shore? Why ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 28, 2019

April 28 ● Easter 2 - Knowing the Risen One:  Seeing Christ ● John 20:19-31 What reasons led the disciples to fearfully hide behind locked doors? Why were they so afraid? Did the disciples really accept the reality of the resurrection before Jesus appeared to them? Jesus greets the disciples with “Peace be with you” or Shalom. How is this simple act both profound and ordinary? Why is it important that the disciples see Jesus’ hands and side? What does this say about the nature of what happened in the resurrection? Why is the giving of the Holy ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 21, 2019

April 21 ● Resurrection Sunday - Knowing the Risen One: The Resurrection of Christ ● John 20:1-18 Put yourself in Mary Magdalene's place as she came up to the tomb and saw the stone rolled away, would she have immediately thought that this was good news? Why might she be suspicious? Do people really believe that one can truly rise from the dead? What makes it hard for people to accept the good news? What might account for the different conclusions about the meaning of the empty tomb between Peter and the other disciple? Why does the other one believe and ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 14, 2019

April 14 ● Palm and Passion Sunday - Discipleship 101: The Passion of Christ ● Luke 23:1-29 How does the story of the cross make you feel? Describe in your own words what God is doing in the cross of Christ. What makes an act of sacrifice worth it for you? How do you measure its effectiveness? Have you ever made a painful sacrifice? What was it for? Did your faith help you endure it? If so, how? Do you know God’s plan for your life? If so how would you describe it? (Avoid standard church or theological terms) In Luke 23 we see several people trying ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 7, 2019

April 7 ● Lent 5 - Discipleship 101: The Meaning of Passover ● Isaiah 43:16-21 When you hear the word “Passover”, what images come up in your mind? Isaiah writes to the exiles in Babylon that God will make another Exodus for them, what meaning does the Exodus have today? Isaiah wants the exiles to remember God making a way through the sea, how is it helpful for us to remember that God is stronger than nature? Isaiah also reminds the exiles how we defeated the army of Egypt at the sea, how is it helpful to remember that God is stronger than the ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 31, 2019

March 31 ● Lent 4 - Discipleship 101: Reconciliation and Invitation ● 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 What might Paul mean when he says from now on we no longer regard someone from a human point of view? If someone is a new creation in Christ, what things would change in that person’s life, and what things would stay the same? According to Paul do we as ordinary human beings have a place in God’s drama of salvation? If so, what role do we have? What does reconciliation look like to you? What things are part of the process? What things does one have to give ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 24, 2019

March 24 ● Lent 3 - Discipleship 101: Repentance and Opportunity ● Luke 13:1-9 When are we more likely to blame a victim for a tragedy that happens to them? When they are different than us, they made a mistake, or where in the wrong place at the wrong time? Do you sometimes think of God as vengeful or wrathful? When might you more likely think this way? When you hear the word repentance what comes to mind? Is it a positive term for you? A negative? Or both? Explain. Why does the man want his fig tree cut down? What is the lesson behind his reasoning? ...

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First Communion Seminar March 30 9 AM-11:30 PM

  First Communion Seminar                                        Saturday March 30 9AM-11:30 AM   If your children are 9 or above and you would like them to begin to celebrate communion with us, please join our First Communion Seminar.  Both children and their parents are required to attend.  We will have a make-up date of Tuesday April 9th  6:30-8:00PM.  First Communion will take place Palm Sunday April 14th.   Please RSVP to the church office. If your family has a special situation please contact ...

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