Word Studies for the Week of June 23, 2019

June 23 ● Second Sunday after Pentecost - Jesus’ Way: The Unbinding ● Luke 8:26-39 Describe your feelings when you see people engage in self-destructive behavior. What reasons drove the man to be driven out into the tombs? Is the place (where dead people are) significant? Why do you think that the demons always recognize Jesus, and the religious people don’t? Does the name Legion (The designation of a roman military unit) have significance beyond the number? When the demons entered the swine, they immediately killed themselves. What does this say ...

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Word Studies for the Week of June 16, 2019

June 16 ● Trinity Sunday - Knowing the Risen One: Our Salvation Story ● Romans 5:1-11 Who do you find it easiest to pray to; God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), or God the Holy Spirit? How come? Describe the personal ways that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have each shown you love. What are they? Romans 5:1 states that we have been given peace with God through Jesus, how would you describe what that means in your own words? How has Jesus given you access to God’s grace as Paul states in Romans 5:2? (See verse 6) What is the role of suffering ...

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Word Studies for the Week of June 9, 2019

June 9 ● Pentecost - Knowing the Risen One: The Coming of the Holy Spirit ● Acts 2:1-21 Read Acts 1:14; how might that explain what was going on that first day of Pentecost in Acts 2? What is the connection between prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit? 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? In what language do those gathered in Jerusalem hear the ...

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Word Studies for the Week of June 2, 2019

June 2 ● Easter 7 - Knowing the Risen One: Praying in Christ ● John 17:20-26 How is your relationship with Jesus going these days? What can someone pray for you so that your relationship with God is strengthened? Do you have someone who prays for you regularly? How would knowing that someone prays for you regularly make you feel? Do you have someone you pray for regularly? If not, try thinking of someone and pray for them every day for a week. What do you think might happen? How might it change you? Who does Jesus pray for in John 17:20? Why might it be ...

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Word Studies for the Week of May 26, 2019

May 26 ● Easter 6 - Knowing the Risen One: Keeping Christ ● John 14:23-29 When Jesus says keep his Word, what does the verb to keep mean to you? What synonym would you use for it? Keep commonly means ‘to hold on to”, how can you hold on to God’s Word? What practices can help you hold on to the Word? Keep can also mean “to guard” or “to protect”, if applying this to God’s Word, what might we mean? Who or what are we protecting and guarding the Word from? In biblical terms, keep may also allude to obedience, do you think about obeying ...

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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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