Word Studies for the Week of October 1st, 2017

October 1 ● Re-making God's People: Respond to God ● Matthew 21: 23-32 How well do you relate to authority? Are you generally compliant, are you resistant or does it depend upon who you are dealing with in authority? What makes it hard for those in authority and who have power to see their need for God? How might giving someone some authority actually help that person spiritually? Why do the chief priests and elders question Jesus about his authority to teach and heal? Are they threatened by Jesus? If so, how come? How do you determine if someone is ...

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Women’s Self Defense Class


Word Studies for the Week of September 24th, 2017

September 24 ● Re-making God's People: Work with Each Other ● Matthew 20: 1-16 What does the fact that the laborers in the vineyard are paid the same no matter how long they work impress upon you? What does this parable say about the value of work? Does it affirm it or does it degrade it? Does the parable say anything about what our attitude towards work should be? Why do you think the master goes out 3 times during the day to look for workers? Does it say something about the need for the work? Or, does it say something about the needs of the worker? Why ...

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Word Studies for the Week of September 17th, 2017

September 17 ● Re-making God's People: Forgive One Another ● Matthew 18: 21-35 Is the parable of the unforgiving servant about being ungrateful, lack of empathy, or both? How might empathy and gratefulness be related? Which is more challenging for you, to be grateful, or to have empathy for others? Empathy and gratefulness are tools that are given to help us forgive one another; in your experience, which tool works better to help engender forgiveness? How much does the servant owe the king? Why is the size of the amount significant? What does it show about ...

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Nursery School Update


Word Studies for the Week of September 10th, 2017

September 10 ● Re-making God's People: Keep Together ● Matthew 18: 10-20 Does the parable of the lost sheep make sense to you? Why would God rejoice more over the found one that was lost? What does the parable of the lost sheep tell about the nature of God? Use some words to describe the attributes of God raised up in this parable. Jesus precedes the parable with a teaching on temptation and follows up the parable by teaching about forgiveness; based on this, what is the cause of people going astray? What is the price of keeping a community together? Read ...

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Word Studies for the Week of September 3rd, 2017

September 3 ● The Gift of Faith: The Found Life ● Matthew 16: 21-28 Is Jesus a little hard on Peter when he chastises him for wishing to prevent Jesus’ suffering? What point is Jesus trying to make? How might our need to avoid pain and suffering keep us from doing right? Do you have an example when you tried to avoid pain and this gave you more of it in the end? Satan is known as the accuser or tempter; which one of these might Jesus be thinking of when calls to Peter “get behind me Satan”? What human things is Peter setting his mind on? Jesus teaches ...

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Word Studies for the Week of August 27th, 2017

August 27 ● The Gift of Faith: The Messiah ● Matthew 16: 13-20 Do different people from different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences see different identities of Jesus? If so what are they? Which ones are positive; which ones are more problematic? Who do you say Jesus is? How might have your background, experience, and culture shaped your answer? How is Jesus’ question “who do you say I am?” the central question of our faith? Do you think we examine the question often and deeply enough? What tools of the faith can help us wrestle with this question?...

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Word Studies for the Week of August 20th, 2017

August 20 ● The Gift of Faith: The Listening Ear ● Matthew 15: 21-28 How is it more difficult for us to listen to someone from a different background, ethnicity, economic class or religion? What things make it harder for us to engage people different than us? The woman whose daughter is afflicted by a demon is called a Canaanite; why would her identity set off alarm bells in the minds of the disciples? If Jesus was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel, how come he heals the Canaanite woman’s child? Who might God be sending to the rest of his children? ...

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Word Studies for the Week of August 13th, 2017

August 13 ● The Gift of Faith: The Helping Hand ● Matthew 14: 22-33 What action is Jesus doing when the account of him walking on water starts? Might this be important? What does it say about Jesus? What does the fact that Jesus walked on water to get back to his community say about his intentions, priorities and focus? The disciples fail to recognize him at first, thinking he is a ghost; are there times when we too fail to recognize Jesus reaching out in our own lives? What might make us do this? What are Jesus’ first words to the disciples? Might there ...

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