Word Studies for the Week of March 18, 2018

March 18 ● Lent 5 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with Christ! ● John 12:20-33 Jesus asks us to serve and follow; what is keeping you from doing this more fully? Can you follow Jesus on your own or do you need people alongside you? Can we really look at the life of Jesus and what he was all about without seeing what happened in his death? Jesus promises to be wherever his servants are; what does that tell you about where we are able to find Jesus when we feel we are getting lost? What could be glorious about Jesus’ death? Why might the Gospel of John use this ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 11, 2018

March 11 ● Lent 4 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with Grace! ● Ephesians 2:1-10 Paul describes the Ephesians as being alive but dead at the same time until they meet Jesus; how can one be alive but dead?  Have you ever experienced it? To most people today following one’s passions is a good thing; why does Paul say that following the passions of the flesh can lead to destruction? Is it difficult for you to love those who do not live the way you expect them to? How difficult might it be for God to love humanity since we never seem to live the way we should? Do ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 4, 2018

March 4 ● Lent 3 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with God! ● 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Paul says that the cross seems foolish to those who are perishing; why might people outside the faith think this? Can you think of a time when worldly wisdom failed; what was it? What did it teach you about the nature of things? Can one have true wisdom without humility? Does one necessarily go with the other? Why or why not? Paul says the Jews demand signs and the Greeks demand wisdom and that the cross upends both of these desires. What types of signs do people generally desire? ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 25, 2018

February 25 ● Lent 2 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with Faith! ● Romans 4:13-25 How does the law help us deal with sin? How does our faith help us deal with sin? How do law and faith deal with sin differently? What is the difference between doing what is right and trying to be perfect? Can trying to be perfect lead one to doing wrong? Paul says that that law brings wrath; what does he mean by this? Where is the wrath directed at? What are some synonyms of the word faith? Which one gets closest to the true meaning of what faith is? How can Paul say it is ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 18, 2018

February 18 ● Lent 1 - Dealing with Sin: Stand with Hope! ● 1 Peter 3:13-22 People doing wrong, and people suffering for what is right are two consequences of sin identified by Peter; can you identify some others? Peter links fear with failure to do what is right; what fears might keep you from doing the right thing? Peter asks his readers to always have a defense prepared that is grounded in hope; how can hope help you do the right thing? Why is the role of our hope so important in our witness to Christ? What are your hopes; how are they linked to your ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 11, 2018

February 11 ● Transfiguration Day - God Revealed:  The Timeline of Salvation ● Mark 9:2-9 Why is Jesus appearing with these other two people from the history of Israel matter so much? What does it say about him? Might the fact that only a small group being present be part of the reason Jesus showed himself this way? Is it sometimes easier for you to reveal things to smaller groups of people? If so why? Why might have Peter wanted to construct the three booths? Can you identify with this impulse? What were the words spoken about Jesus in this story? Where ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 4, 2018

February 4 ● Epiphany 5 - God Revealed: The Timeless Truth ● Isaiah 40: 21-31 Can evidence for God be found in creation? If so name an instance where you see evidence of God in in the natural world? Is God active in our lives today? If so name an instance where you see God at work in your life personally? Where do you see God’s power most clearly? Is God’s power a comforting thought? A scary one? A mysterious one? Or all of the above? Explain. Who in daily life are you most likely to wait for? Does your willingness to wait for a person say something ...

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Word Studies for the Week of January 28, 2018

January 28 ● Epiphany 4 - God Revealed: Discerning the Word ● Deuteronomy 18:15-22 What tools are available for people of faith to cut through the clamor of today and to understand what is really important and what is trivial? What does a prophet actually do? Do they predict the future? Do they point out societies failures? Or is there more? Are there false prophets among us today? If so, what is their message? Why are false prophets more appealing at times than those who actually bring God’s word? In Deuteronomy 18:16, Moses confides the burden of the ...

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Word Studies for the Week of January 21, 2018

January 21 ● Epiphany 3 - God Revealed: Answering the Call ● Jonah 3:1-10 Read Jonah Chapter 1, what happened when Jonah first heard God’s word asking him to go and preach to Nineveh? What might have made him act this way? How did Jonah get into the belly of the fish? What was the reason he found himself in this situation? Are there some things that Jonah got right? According to chapter 2 what does Jonah do when he is in the fish? Why is this important? What details are strike you in Jonah’s words? According to 3:1 what happens as soon as Jonah is out ...

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Word Studies for the Week of January 14, 2018

January 14 ● Epiphany 2 - God Revealed: Hearing the Call ● 1 Samuel 3:1-20 Read 1 Samuel 3:1; does this situation that Eli and Samuel describe resonate with you? What aspect of the situation applies most to today? Describe how the text portrays Samuel as he hears God’s voice for the first time? What role does Eli play in the account? Samuel is given a hard message to bring to Eli, why did God choose to use Samuel rather than speak to Eli directly? Is there an implied relationship between the sins of Eli sons and the lack of God in the land portrayed in ...

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