Word Studies for the Week of April 14, 2019

April 14 ● Palm and Passion Sunday - Discipleship 101: The Passion of Christ ● Luke 23:1-29 How does the story of the cross make you feel? Describe in your own words what God is doing in the cross of Christ. What makes an act of sacrifice worth it for you? How do you measure its effectiveness? Have you ever made a painful sacrifice? What was it for? Did your faith help you endure it? If so, how? Do you know God’s plan for your life? If so how would you describe it? (Avoid standard church or theological terms) In Luke 23 we see several people trying ...

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Word Studies for the Week of April 7, 2019

April 7 ● Lent 5 - Discipleship 101: The Meaning of Passover ● Isaiah 43:16-21 When you hear the word “Passover”, what images come up in your mind? Isaiah writes to the exiles in Babylon that God will make another Exodus for them, what meaning does the Exodus have today? Isaiah wants the exiles to remember God making a way through the sea, how is it helpful for us to remember that God is stronger than nature? Isaiah also reminds the exiles how we defeated the army of Egypt at the sea, how is it helpful to remember that God is stronger than the ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 31, 2019

March 31 ● Lent 4 - Discipleship 101: Reconciliation and Invitation ● 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 What might Paul mean when he says from now on we no longer regard someone from a human point of view? If someone is a new creation in Christ, what things would change in that person’s life, and what things would stay the same? According to Paul do we as ordinary human beings have a place in God’s drama of salvation? If so, what role do we have? What does reconciliation look like to you? What things are part of the process? What things does one have to give ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 24, 2019

March 24 ● Lent 3 - Discipleship 101: Repentance and Opportunity ● Luke 13:1-9 When are we more likely to blame a victim for a tragedy that happens to them? When they are different than us, they made a mistake, or where in the wrong place at the wrong time? Do you sometimes think of God as vengeful or wrathful? When might you more likely think this way? When you hear the word repentance what comes to mind? Is it a positive term for you? A negative? Or both? Explain. Why does the man want his fig tree cut down? What is the lesson behind his reasoning? ...

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First Communion Seminar March 30 9 AM-11:30 PM

  First Communion Seminar                                        Saturday March 30 9AM-11:30 AM   If your children are 9 or above and you would like them to begin to celebrate communion with us, please join our First Communion Seminar.  Both children and their parents are required to attend.  We will have a make-up date of Tuesday April 9th  6:30-8:00PM.  First Communion will take place Palm Sunday April 14th.   Please RSVP to the church office. If your family has a special situation please contact ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 17, 2019

March 17 ● Lent 2 - Discipleship 101: Faith and Transformation ● Philippians 3:17-4:1 What are some of the things you wish you could change in your life? How might God help you change them? What are the earthly things in your life that can lead you away from healthy relationship with God and other people? Paul speaks of the enemies of Christ as having their belly as God? What might this mean? How would you describe it to someone? Paul asks the Philippians to remember their citizenship in heaven. How does remembering who we are and where we are from help ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 10, 2019

March 10 ● Lent 1 - Discipleship 101: Confession and Witness ● Romans 10:8-13 When do you need to call on God the most? What kinds of things going on in your life open you up to what God is doing? Paul speaks about the Word being near to us, what might he mean? Are there times you feel far from God? Paul talks about two responses a follower of Christ has, confession with the mouth and believing through the heart, how might these reinforce each other? Paul identifies confession with our justification and identifies faith with salvation. Can you think of ...

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Word Studies for the Week of March 03, 2019

March 3 ● Transfiguration of Our Lord - The More Excellent Way: Listening ● Luke 9:28-43a Eight days after Jesus tells the disciples about the cross for the first time, he goes to a mountain to pray. The bible records nothing happening during that time. Might this be important, if so why? Jesus is transformed before the eyes of Peter, James and John, what event in Jesus’ life does this incident possibly look forward to? Why might it be important for the disciples to see Jesus like this? Jesus is seen speaking with Moses and Elijah about the events to ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 24, 2019

February 24 ● Epiphany 7 - The More Excellent Way: Mercy ● Luke 6:27-38 Is love something more than an emotion? Is it also something more than an action? How can one really love their enemy? Is Jesus talking about love in a different way than most people think about it? What is Luke 6:29 really all about? Is it asking us to be a doormat for the powerful? Or is something else going on? Jesus seems to undermine any idea that love is transactional. People who are loved are never able to truly pay it back.   Is this a hopeful idea for you? Why or why ...

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Word Studies for the Week of February 17, 2019

February 17 ● Epiphany 6 - The More Excellent Way: Blessing ● Luke 6:17-31 According to Luke the crowd follows Jesus for three reasons, teaching, healing and the casting out of demons. Do people still look to Jesus for these things? Are there other reasons? Luke says that Jesus healed by the power that went out from him. How does the power of Christ go out today? Why might Jesus bless the poor? What about being poor leads Jesus to this? Why might Jesus bless the hungry? What about being hungry leads Jesus to do this? Why might Jesus bless the reviled ...

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