Word Studies for the Week of November 18, 2018

November 18 ● The Coming Life: The Old Life Thrown Down ● Mark 13:1-8 Do you think you have the courage to put your faith to the test? If not, what help might you need? Read Mark 13:2; what is it saying about the nature of human institutions? Is there something that you thought would last forever but is fading away or has died? When people are fearful, are they more likely to be led astray by those who seek to manipulate them? Can you find an example? Is Jesus saying in Mark 13:7 that wars are an end time occurrence or just the natural result of living ...

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Word Studies for the Week of November 11, 2018

November 11 ● The Coming Life:  Investing in God’s Future ● Mark 12:38-44 How does Jesus describe the devotional life of the Scribes in the Temple? What are they really devoted to? Does their dysfunction affect the lives of others? Do people sometimes do the right things because of improper motivation? Does it matter? Who gave the greater proportion to the work of the Lord, the rich folks or the poor widow? What does that reveal about one’s dedication to God and others? Was there anything wrong with the rich contributing from their abundance? Can ...

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Word Studies for the Week of November 4, 2018

November 4 ● All Saints Sunday - The Coming Life: Resurrection ● John 11:32-44 When Mary meets Jesus after the death of her brother she states that Jesus had been there Lazarus would have lived; how is this a confession of faith? How might it also show that Mary still doesn’t get who Jesus really is? Even though Jesus will raise Lazarus from the dead, he becomes deeply emotional when seeing others mourn Lazarus; what does this tell you about Jesus? How might appropriate grief be a healthy reaction to the death of a loved one? The grave of Lazarus is ...

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Word Studies for the Week of October 28, 2018

October 28 ● Reformation Sunday- Our Lighthouse: Seeing by Faith ● Mark 10:46-52 When you see a beggar on the street, what do you normally do? Do you pass by, give some money, engage in conversation? Mark 10:48 states that many in the crown were trying to get Bartimaeus to be quiet; do people sometimes get upset when the powerless and those that they look down upon speak up? How does Bartimaeus respond those trying to silence him? What lesson is there for us in his actions? Does the fact that Jesus picks out Bartimaeus from the crowd make a statement ...

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Word Studies for the Week of October 21, 2018

October 21 ● Our Lighthouse: Our Servant Savior ● Mark 10:35-45 Can you share an inspiring story of humility within a person where you did not expect it? How does that make you feel? How does living the first commandment to love God above all things naturally lead to humility? How does the world really feel about humility and being humble? What are the limits of humility for you? How do you balance humility with self-respect? How much do you think God demands? What aspects of their life do James and John reveal to be important to them by their ...

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Word Studies for the Week of October 14, 2018

October 14 ● Our Lighthouse: The One Necessary Thing ● Mark 10:17-31 Talk about the main commitments in your life; what are they? How do you prioritize them? Who are the people in your life who have demonstrated a commitment to you? How does seeing someone commit to you change you? In Mark 10:22 the man found it hard to commit his possessions to the Lord; what is the easiest thing for you to give up in order to commit to someone? What is the hardest? Are the possessions that we struggle to commit to God always material things, or are there non-material ...

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Word Studies for the Week of October 7, 2018

October 7 ● Our Lighthouse: The Open Heart ● Mark 10:2-16 How do you promote unity within your family? What are some concrete things that you do to accomplish this? (Family dinner, vacations, etc.) Describe the relationship between trust and unity. Which one should come first and why? What does Mark 10:2-9 reveal about God’s will for our marriage relationships? How might, Mark 10:10-12, make us think differently about what adultery actually is? Are these verses threatening too many in our current cultural situation? If divorce is a sin, how do we ...

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Word Studies for the Week of September 30, 2018

September 30 ● Our Lighthouse: The Rocks of Sin ● Mark 9:38-50 Have you ever felt that you were getting in the way God’s plan because of your own wants or needs? Is it easier to see it in others or yourself? Why might the disciples have wanted to stop the person helping others in Jesus’ name? What might that be about? Read Mark 9:41; many scholars see this verse as encouragement to support mission, do you think so? Why or why not? Read Mar 9:42; when we put stumbling blocks before others who does Jesus say it will really hurt? Are the body parts ...

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Word Studies for the Week of September 23, 2018

September 23 ● Our Lighthouse: God’s Greatness ● Mark 9:30-37 Why do you think the disciples have such a hard time comprehending Jesus’ need to suffer and die? What kinds of things do you expect from your leaders?  How well do they measure up? How would you define greatness? (In leadership? In life? In talent?) How does Jesus define greatness? How easy is it to reconcile Jesus’ version of greatness with your own? How can one serve all? Is it really possible for a person to do? What help would someone need? Why might welcoming children be a ...

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Word Studies for the Week of September 16, 2018

  September 16 ● Our Lighthouse: God out Front ● Mark 8:27-38 Read Mark 8:28; who are some of the people that the disciples tell Jesus that people are identifying with Jesus? What do they have in common? Who does Peter say Jesus is? Why is this important? Why does Jesus ask the disciples to remain quiet? Why might have Peter rebuked Jesus when he described what must happen to the Son of Man in Mark 8:31? Why does Jesus call Peter Satan? Read Mark 8:34; how does this verse make you feel? What would you identify as being your cross to bear if ...

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