Word Studies for the Week of June 24, 2018

June 24 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Master of All ● Mark 4:35-41 Describe the most fearsome storm you have witnessed, what made it so powerful, the wind, water, noise, or darkness? Does the metaphor of the storm resonate with you as way of explaining our spiritual struggles? In Mark 4:38 the disciples were freaked out by Jesus asleep in the stern. Are there times when you might feel that God is not paying attention to you? What brings these feelings on? What does Mark 4:41 reveal about who Jesus is? How might this knowledge be helpful to you in your daily ...

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Word Studies for the Week of June 17, 2018

June 17 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Growing Kingdom ● Mark 4:26-34 What are some of the things that come to mind when you think of the phrase “the kingdom of God?” How would answer the question “where do you find the kingdom of God?” How would you know you’re in it? Can God’s Kingdom coexist with the rest of the world? Why or why not? Can you tell a story where you were surprised by a sign of God’s kingdom that you have not noticed before? In Mark 4:27 Jesus tells us that the farmer does not know how the seed grows; it just does. What does ...

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Word Studies for the Week of June 10, 2018

June 10 ● The Urgent Gospel: On God’s Side ● Mark 3:20-35 Does your family always agree? What does the fact that Jesus had a family that could try to stop him say about who Jesus really is? Why would Jesus’ family to restrain him? Why would they think that he was out of his mind? Why would the scribes say that Jesus is in league with the devil? What was Jesus doing that would lead them to demonize him? Jesus speaks of binding Satan, what was Jesus doing that would be described as binding Satan? What might be “plundering his house” refer to? How ...

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Word Studies for the Week of June 3, 2018

June 3 ● The Urgent Gospel: The Point of Worship ● Mark 2:23-3:6 What are some of the norms of behavior that have faded out in your lifetime? Why did they go away? How are rules helpful to organize one’s life? What blessings do they impart? When do rules become burdensome? How do you know a rule is not working for its community? Why does Jesus argue that the disciples should be plucking the grain? When should we be willing set aside otherwise good rules? What would make the Pharisees want to work with the enemies to destroy Jesus? What does that say ...

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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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