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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Three

Story Three: Christ and Noah

Sunday Readings:
Genesis 6:9-14, 6:22-7:4, 7:24, 8:13-22
Psalm 46
1 Peter 3:18-22
Matthew 24:36-44

Further Reading and Meditation:
Genesis 6-9
Genesis 11:1-9
Ezekiel 14:12-23
Matthew 7:24-29
Matthew 24
Hebrews 11:6-7
Revelation 8-9, 11:15-19


Discussion Questions:
Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your cell group, Bible study, or with your family. Some questions will need to be reworded or omitted for smaller children.

1) If God came to you and told you to build an ark here in Nashville, what would you say? What would you say to a friend who told you God had told them to do this?

2) How comfortable are you with the idea that God has wrath? Is that something that you believe, or don’t, or ignore? Would you rather think of God as never having wrath?

3) Do you think the story of Noah and the Ark is literally true? How important is that to your understanding of the Bible and of your faith?

4) When you do something wrong, does God’s wrath burn against you? Does he punish you for your sins? Should he punish you? Should he punish other people?

5) How important is your Baptism to your faith today? What was your baptism like?

6) What has Christ saved you from? What does he save you from? What will Christ save you from?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Two


Story Two: Christ and Adam

Sunday Readings:
Genesis 3:1-24
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11


Further Reading and Meditation:

Psalm 25
Psalm 51
Job 31
Hebrews 10
1 John 2
1 Corinthians 15
Romans 5


Discussion Questions:
Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your cell group, Bible study, or with your family. Some questions will need to be reworded or omitted for smaller children.

1) In the story of the Fall (Genesis 3), who is most at fault in your opinion? Adam, Eve, the Snake, God? Why?

2) In what way is Adam like Christ, and Christ like Adam? In what ways are they different?

3) Is it fair that we are damaged by Adam’s sin? Is it fair that we are held responsible for Adam’s sin? Is it fair that Christ’s redemption is available to everyone?

4) If all the bad things in the world come from what Adam and Eve did, does that explain evil for you? Are you intellectually satisfied with that answer? Emotionally satisfied?

5) If Christ is the new Adam, what difference does that make in your understanding of sin and evil? Of the Bible? Of yourself?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week One

Story One: Christ at Creation

Sunday Readings:
Genesis 1:1-2:4
Psalm 136:1-9, 25-26
Colossians 1:13-20
John 1:1-5

Further Reading and Meditation:
Job 38
Psalm 65
Psalm 104
Isaiah 11:1-10
Isaiah 65:17-25
Mark 4:37-41
Revelation 21

Discussion Questions:
Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your cell group, Bible study, or with your family. Some questions will need to be reworded or omitted for smaller children.

1) Have you ever thought about Christ’s role in creation before? Does his role feel comforting to you, or challenging, or scary, or awe-inspiring?

2) What does it mean to you when you say on Sundays “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made?” (the Nicene Creed)

3) Christ made the world. What difference does that make to the way you think about your possessions? What differenced does it make to the way you think about caring for the environment? What difference does it make to the way you think about caring for your body?

Monday, August 10, 2009

August 16th: Creation


This Sunday is the 5th anniversary of public worship with Church of the Redeemer. There will be a lunch right after the 10:30 service. It is the beginning of Sunday School for all ages. And it is the beginning of the Jesus Story Year.

The story this Sunday will be Creation. The readings are:

Genesis 1:1-2:4
Psalm 136:1-9, 25-26
Colossians 1:13-20
John 1:1-5

This Sunday, our kids will be hearing the story in J.A.M. (Jesus and Me, formerly Children's Worship) during the 9 am service. Just bring them into church, and they will be dismissed to JAM and then brought back. Children's Sunday School at 10:30 am follows our usual curriculum.

Middle School and High School students are invited to come to the Youth Room at 10:30 for their own gathering, led by Ian Kern. The youth will be focusing on the story each Sunday.

Adults have two Sunday School options, both of which are tied to the Jesus Story Year. Patrick Carr is teaching on the Old Testament story. Kenny Benge will be teaching the Psalm.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Readings for August 9th

On August 9th, we will introduce the Jesus Story Year. Here are the readings we will use in worship on that day.

Story Zero: Telling the Story: 8/9

Isaiah 42:5-10a
Psalm 116
Revelation, 22:12-17
Luke 24:13-35