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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Eleven: David, Goliath, and Christ

Story Eleven:  David, Goliath, and Christ
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Sunday Readings
1 Samuel 17:1-11, 32-51
Psalm 9:9-20
Revelation 12:7-12
Luke 4:33-37

Further Reading and Meditation
1 Samuel, the whole book but especially chapters 15-20
1 Chronicles 11-29

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) The story of David and Goliath is one of the most familiar in the entire Bible.  What parts of that story are particularly memorable to you?  Why is this story so popular?

2) Saul was King of Israel, and one of the largest men in his nation.  What prevented him from going out and fighting Goliath?  Have you recently been in a situation like Saul’s, in which you needed to do something but you didn’t do it, or at least didn’t want to do it?

3) Over and over again, the New Testament refers to Jesus Christ as the “Son of David.”  This means that he is descended from David, but also that he is like David.  Thinking of the life of King David, what similarities do David and Christ share?

4) How comfortable are you with the idea that God gives David the power to kill a man?  How much does the violence of the Old Testament trouble you, if at all?

5) How comfortable are you with the idea of a literal Satan and literal demons? 

6)  What does Christ’s ability to defeat evil beings, both human and demonic, mean to you personally?  Have you seen Christ do this in your own life?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Ten: Joshua and Jericho

Story Ten:  Joshua and Jericho

Joshua 5:13-6:7, 15-21
Psalm 24
Revelation 1:9-19
Matthew 10:24-39

Further Reading and Meditation
Numbers 13-14
Joshua 1:1-5:12
Joshua 24
Colossians 1:15-23

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 returned to a place of failure or disappointment?  Been required to attempt something again that you were unable to do before?  What emotions did you experience?

2) When Joshua encountered the holiness of Christ, he fell down in humility and worshipped.  Have you ever encountered or experienced the holiness God in such a way that you have been humbled and drawn to worship?  How did it happen?

3) Have you ever thought of Jesus as a warrior?  How does that change your view of him?

4) Can Christ be our Savior and not our Lord?  What does it look like for us to live under Christ’s Lordship? 

5) What habits or practices help you live under Christ’s Lordship?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Nine: Christ and Moses



Jesus Story Year Take Home Guide
Story Nine: Christ and Moses

Sunday Readings:
Exodus 19:1-9, 18-20, 20:1-3
Psalm 90
Hebrews 3:1-6
Mark 9:2-9

Further Reading and Meditation:
Exodus 16-20
Deuteronomy 1-6
Psalm 119
Matthew 23
John 1:14-18
John 8:31-49
2 Corinthians 3

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 Israel in the wilderness, after they left Egypt?  What is the most memorable part of that story? 

2)  Did you grow up with the Ten Commandments as part of your life?  Can you remember all ten?

3)  What rules do church people think are most important? 

3)  How much of your religious or spiritual life has been about doing the right thing and obeying the rules?  How important is that aspect of religion to you?

4) What is the difference, if any, between obeying the Law of Moses and obeying Christ?

5)  Can you recall a time when you experienced the tension between Grace and Law?  What was that like?  Did you find some resolution? 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Eight: Christ Our Passover

Jesus Story Year,
Story Eight: Christ our Passover

Sunday Readings:
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 136: 1-4, 10-15, 26
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Luke 22:7, 14-20

Further Reading and Meditation:
Exodus 1-15
2 Chronicles 30
Psalm 106
Matthew 26
Acts 7:18-36
Hebrews 11:23-29

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 Moses’ life leading up to the Exodus (Exodus 1-15)? What are some of the most memorable parts of his story?

2) What part of the Exodus story do you find the most disturbing? What part do you find the most meaningful?

3) Have you ever been to a Passover meal? If you have, could you describe that experience? What most stuck out at you?

4) In what ways do you see Christ in the Passover story?

5) What does it mean to you when we say at Communion “Alleluia, Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast, alleluia.”

6) In Passover, God sets his people free. What has God in Christ set you free from?