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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week 24: Christ's Moral Code

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Story 24: Christ’s Moral Code

Sunday Readings
Leviticus 24:17-22
Psalm 119: 97-106
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 5:38-48

Further Reading and Meditation
Exodus 20
Deuteronomy 4-6
Matthew 5-7
Romans (yes, the whole book)

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) When were you in a situation in which you wanted justice to be done?  Can you describe that situation?

2) In the Old Testament, there is a version of justice which says “an eye for an eye,” in other words if you take something from someone you should lose the same thing.  In you opinion, is that a reasonable form of justice?  Why or why not?

3) What would our society be like if all Christians obeyed Jesus commands to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us”?

4) Are Jesus commandments of this nature, to turn the other cheek etc.,realistic?  Should we try to obey them?

5) When comparing your own behavior against Jesus’ commands, how do you feel?(proud, happy, hopeless, sad, angry, depressed, joyous, frustrated, etc.)

6) Why did Jesus give us these difficult commandments?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Week 23: Christ Offers Salvation

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Sunday Readings
Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:1-10
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
John 3:14-23

Further Reading and Meditation
Exodus 7:1-10
2 Kings 18:1-7a
Romans 10:5-14
1 Corinthians 1:18-31

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) Did you grow up in an environment in which people talked about “getting saved?”  What did that mean to you when you were growing up?

2) Are you the kind of person who can point to a particular moment and say “that’s when I was saved?” 

3) How do you respond is someone asks ‘are you saved?’ How comfortable are you with that phrase?

4)  How do you know that Jesus has saved you (if you know that)?

5)  What has Jesus saved you from?  What has Jesus saved you for?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Week 22: Christ at the Wedding in Cana

Story 22:  The Wedding at Cana

Sunday Readings
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 45
Revelation 19:5-9
John 2:1-11

Further Reading and Meditation
Song of Solomon
Hosea 1-3
Matthew 22:1-14
Matthew 25:1-13
Revelation 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 have a wedding-related “horror story” you’d like to tell?

2) Have you ever been to great wedding?  What made it great?

3) How comfortable are you with the image of Jesus making large quantities of wine for people who have already been drinking quite a bit?  (You may want to take a look at Matthew 11:16-19)

4) Do you see Jesus as a joyful person?

5) In your experience, is Christianity a joyful religion?

6)  What would it take for you to live a more joyous life?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Week 21: The Baptism of Jesus

Story Twenty-one:  The Baptism of Jesus

Sunday Readings
Exodus 14:10-31
Psalm 106:1-12
Romans 6:1-7
Matthew 3:1-6, 13-17

Further Reading and Meditation
Genesis 1:1-10
Genesis 7-9
Exodus 13:17-15:21
Jonah 1-2
Mark 10:32-45
Matthew 28:16-20
Acts 8:25-40
Galatians 3:24-29

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 remember your own baptism?  Whether you can or not, can you describe it?

2) What does your baptism mean to you today?

3) What did baptism do to Jesus?  What did Jesus do to baptism?

4) What is the connection between baptism and death?  How is baptism like a death?

5) If you have already died in Christ, what does that mean for the way you live your life?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Christ Revealed to the Gentiles

Story Twenty:  Christ Revealed to the Gentiles

Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14
Matthew 2:1-12

Further Reading and Meditation
Genesis 12:1-3
1 Kings 10
Psalm 72
Micah 5:2
Romans 1-3

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) The story of the wise men is a familiar one.  If you grew up with this story, how was it told to you?  What do you remember people saying it was about? 

2) Have you ever received a large or unexpected gift from someone you didn’t really know?  What was that experience like? 

3) God revealed the birth of Christ to pagan magicians through their use of astrology.  Does that make their religion good or true?  What does it say about God that he would speak to these people through these methods?

4)  How have you seen Christ revealed in strange or unexpected ways? 

5)  Does God reveal himself to non-Christians today?  Does a person need to become a Christian in order to be in right relationship with God?  What does it take to be in right relationship with God?