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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Word Studies for the Week of September 9, 2018

September 9 ● Our Lighthouse: Crossing Borders ● Mark 7:24-37 How well do you deal with interruptions? Do you see them as a nuisance or an opportunity? Read Mark 7:24; what was Jesus intent on doing? What does this say about Jesus and about what he was going through that moment? Why was the fact that the woman was a gentile and a member of a people who were long term rivals of Israel important? What was this saying about God’s power? What might it say about what God wants to do? Read Mark 7:27; what was Jesus doing? What is he calling the woman? Does ...

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Word Studies for the Week of September 2, 2018

September 2 ● Our Lighthouse: Renewing the Heart ● Mark 7:1-8, 14-23 Do the Pharisees who question Jesus about his disciples not washing their hands have a point? If so, what is it? Why is Jesus upset with the Pharisees? Is there something wrong with what they are teaching? (See vs. 6-8) What could be the negative motivations of Pharisees that Jesus seems to be talking about? Are there some positive ones? Read Mark 7:15; is this how we normally think about what corrupts people? Or do we blame the things outside of ourselves? (Think about those who blame ...

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Word Studies for the Week of August 26, 2018

August 26 ● Our Life in Christ: God’s Protection ● Ephesians 6:10-20 Do you ever feel that you are under attack from forces beyond your control? What makes you feel this way? What’s keeping you back from being more excited about sharing your faith in Jesus? Read Ephesians 6:12, who is our real enemy? Do we sometimes do damage to people by labeling them as the enemy when they are not? If so, does our treatment of those who give us trouble in life matter? Paul will describe the differing aspects of a life of faith as the various tools of the soldier (the ...

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Word Studies for the Week of August 19, 2018

August 19 ● Our Life in Christ: Seizing the Day ● Ephesians 5:6-20 What is the state of your life of faith these days? How successful have you been in walking in the light of Jesus Christ? Have you at times felt as if passing through a dark valley? Or, has it been good lately? Explain. Ephesians 5:15 recommends we live as wise people because of the time. What are some of the characteristics of wise people that you can identify? (For starters see Psalms 110:10, Proverbs 15:33, Isaiah 33:6) What reason does Paul give for “making the most of the times” ...

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Memorial Service for John Andrus


Word Studies for the Week of August 12, 2018

August 12 ● Our Life in Christ: Living the Life ● Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Do you believe that people can really change? Or, are you skeptical and think that people will always behave according to their default nature? What things really push your buttons lately? Have you ever brought these things to God in prayer? Why or why not? Read Ephesians 4:26 very slowly and intentionally, examine the three things it says, what new thing about anger do you see in this verse? What are some of the negative ways anger is expressed revealed in Ephesians 4:29-31? Read ...

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Word Studies for the Week of August 5, 2018

August 5 ● Our Life in Christ: Unity ● Ephesians 4:1-16 On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the strength of your faith this week? Explain why you chose the level you did. Describe the various callings in your life (family, occupations, interests, etc.); in which do you see the hand of God working powerfully? In which, are you more confused about the direction? How is God the Lord of all areas of your life? Do you have story to share about how God worked through the different areas in your life to bring them together? What efforts needed to “maintain the ...

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Lutheran Senior Life of Union County Project Update

We wanted to update the congregation on the status of our project with Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (LSMNJ). God has blessed Holy Cross with the opportunity to help serve the frail elderly of Union County through the Lutheran Senior Life (PACE) program. The most recent good news is that we received a use variance and a site plan approval from the Springfield Township Zoning Board Tuesday July 24. This was one of biggest hurdles we have had to clear to date and we are thankful that God has seen us through this phase of the process. We are waiting for a couple of ...

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