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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Seven: Jesus and Joseph

Take Home Guide

Jesus Story Year,
Story Seven: Christ and Joseph

Sunday Readings:
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
Acts 7:8b-15
Matthew 26:14-35

Further Reading and Meditation:
Genesis 37-50
Exodus 13:18-19, Joshua 24:31-32
Deuteronomy 33
Psalm 81
Hebrews 11:21-22

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) Do you know the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50)?  What is the most memorable part of his story?

2)  When Joseph confronted his brothers about their wickedness, he said “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)  Have you ever been in a situation in which someone did something evil to you, but which resulted in something good for you or others?

3) Have you ever done something wrong but something good came out of it?

4) Have you betrayed someone, or been betrayed by someone?  Would you be willing to talk about that with your group?

5) Christ knew that Judas would betray him (John 6:64), and this betrayal was part of God’s plan (Luke 22:22).  Does that get Judas off the hook for what he did?

6)  Does the fact that Christ was betrayed by those closest to him make him more accessible to you?  What does this do to your understanding of his love for you?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Christ and Leah: Take Home Guide

Jesus Story Year,
Story Six: The Stone the Builders Rejected (Christ and Leah)

Sunday Readings:
Genesis 29:15-35
Psalm 68:1-6
Acts 4:5-12
Matthew 21:33-46

Further Reading and Meditation:
Genesis 27-35
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Hosea 1-3
Mark 8:27-38
1 Peter 2:4-12


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 rejected something and then later wish you hadn’t? 
2)  When have you been rejected (in a relationship, for a job, etc)?  What was that like?
3)  With whom do you most identify in the lesson from Genesis, Rachel, Leah, Jacob or Laban?  Why?
4)  If you had lived in the time of Jesus, would you have accepted him as the Messiah, or would you have rejected him?  What would you have thought?
5)  What does it mean to you that Christ was rejected?  Does that help you identify with him?  Does that help him identify with you?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Christ, Abraham, and Isaac: Take Home Guide

Jesus Story Year, 
Story Five: Christ, Abraham, and Isaac

Sunday Readings:
Genesis 22:1-19
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Hebrews 11:8-12, 17-19
John 3:16-18

Further Reading and Meditation:
Genesis 18-26
Matthew 27:33-54
Romans 8
1 John 4


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)  Has anyone ever given something up for you?  What was it?  How did it make you feel?

2) Have you ever seen a relationship (yours or someone else’s) fall apart because of God, or religion, or another spiritual reason?  Did that seem like the right thing to you?

3) Have you ever chosen to give something up for God?  How did that work out?

4) Do you feel that God has ever asked you to give something up?  What was it?  Has God ever asked you to give up something good?

5) What has God given up for you?  What difference does that make in your life? 

6)  Is it easier to give something up for God, or to accept what he has given up for you?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Abraham and Christ: Story Four Discussion Guide

Story Four: Abraham and Sarah

Genesis 12:1-9
Psalm 33:1-12
Romans 4:13-5:2
John 8:51-59

Further Reading and Meditation
Genesis 12-18
Romans 4:1-12
Galatians 3:1-29
Hebrews 7:1-9
Hebrews 11:8-19


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) Have you ever had to leave a familiar place, or a familiar way of living or believing? What was that experience like? Where was God in that experience?

2) How has God called you to embark on a journey with Him this year? Where are you in that journey?

3) Hebrews 11:8–9 says, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” How comfortable are you with the idea of trusting God when the future is uncertain?

4) How conscious are you of God’s steadfast love for you in Christ?

5) Do you think God chose Abraham because of Abraham’s faith, or do you think Abraham had faith because of God’s promise to him?

6) How can your family be a blessing to the neighborhood and community you are in? How can our congregation be a blessing in our community and in the world?