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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week 15: Christ, the Mystery Revealed

Story Fifteen:  Christ, the Mystery Revealed
Listen to the sermon by following this link.

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-8
Romans 16:25-27
Matthew 1:1-17

Further Reading and Meditation
Psalms  2:-12, 8:1-9, 110:1-7, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7, 11:1-5, 42:1-9, 49:5-7

Discussion Questions:

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

1)  Do you enjoy mystery novels, or moves and TV shows that center on a mystery?  What is your favorite example of a mystery?  (Fr. Thomas loves the movie Memento, for instance). 

2)  Israel lived for hundreds of years with this mystery: “how would God redeem his people and be faithful to his promises?”  If you were alive in the time of Christ, what might you have guessed God was going to do?

3)  Paul calls Christ and the Gospel “the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret from long ages past” (Romans 16:25).  What promises of God did Christ fulfill?

4)  What aspect of Christ is mysterious to you today?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week 14: Christ in the Furnace



Story Fourteen:  Christ in the Furnace

Sunday Readings
Daniel 3:1-2, 4-6, 8, 12, 14, 16-30
Psalm 18
Acts 12:1-11
Luke 4:14-21

Further Reading and Meditation
The Book of Daniel, especially the first six chapters.

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)  Is the story of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego familiar to you?  Is there any part of that story that jumps out at you or that you particularly like?

2)  Shadrach Meshach and Abednego are often seen as examples of great courage.  Can you think of a time in which you witnessed a person being courageous for their faith?

3)  Like these three, Peter (in the reading from Acts) is also freed from imprisonment.  Do you know someone who has been freed from a literal or metaphorical prison?

4)  Christ says that he comes to set the captives free.  Have you been freed from captivity?  Would you be willing to tell the group about that?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Story Thirteen: Elijah and Prophets of Ba'al

November 15:  Elijah and the Prophets of Ba’al
Sermon and Notes from Fr. Kenny Benge

Sunday Readings
1 Kings 18:20-40
Psalm 96
Colossians 2:1-12
John 14:1-10

Further Reading and Meditation
1 Kings 16-22
2 Kings 1-2
Isaiah 44:9-20 (Read it in The Message if you have it)
I Thessalonians 1:2-5, 9-10

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) What emotions do you feel when something seems beyond your control?

2) How important are your relationships to you?  How does your relationship with God influence your other relationships—marriage, friendships, children, and work?

3) When you feel angry, anxious, or scared, what do you do to feel better?  What do you do to recover a sense of power?

4) Idols are almost always some aspect of God’s good creation – work, money, relationships, wisdom, knowledge, even spirituality – that we substitute for God. How can we tell when something becomes idolatrous? 

5) When we are in Christ, the power of idols in our life has been broken.  What are things that we can do as individuals and as communities to keep potential idols in their proper place?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Take Home Guide for Week Twelve: Divine Wisdom



Story Twelve:  Christ as Divine Wisdom
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1 Kings 3:16-28
Proverbs 3:13-26
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 11:16-19

Further Reading and Meditation
The Book of Proverbs

Discussion Questions:

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

1)  Do you have a favorite proverb or wisdom saying (from the Bible or from another source)?  If so, what is it?

2)  How would you define “wisdom?”

3) What person in your life do you think of as wise?  Why do you think that?

4)  Have you ever been given wise advice?  Talk about that situation, what was going on, and what advice were you given?

5) 1st Corinthians 1:25 says “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”  What is a specific difference between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom?  Give an example.

6) The previous verse of 1st Corinthians, 1:24, says “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”  Wisdom is often personified in the Scriptures, with Christ himself seen as Divine Wisdom.  What difference does it make to you and your life if Christ himself, rather than a set of principles, is Wisdom?  How might that affect the way you make decisions?