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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Week 28: Christ Raises Lazarus from the Dead

Christ Raises Lazarus from the Dead


Sunday Readings
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:30-44

Further Reading and Meditation
Genesis 3:14-19
Ecclesiastes 12:1-8
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10
Psalm 30

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 was your first experience of death?

2) In older cultures, before medical advances that prolonged life, people expected death at any moment, if not from disease, then from childbirth, plague, famine, or war.  In the modern era, people are often “surprised” by death.  Why do you think that is the case?

3) How did Jesus respond to the death of Lazarus?

4) What do you think it means for us now when Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life”?  What does it mean for the future?

5) What would it look like for you to live in the present without fear of death?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Week 27: Christ Invades the Temple

Story 27: Christ Invades the Temple

Sunday Readings
1 Kings 8:1-13
Psalm 84
Ephesians 2:13-22
John 2:13-25

Further Reading and Meditation

Exodus 25-26, 36, 40
Amos 9:11-15
2 Samuel 7
Matthew 21:1-22
Hebrews 8-9

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 physically fought for someone or something?  Describe that experience. 

2)  What in your life is worth fighting for? 

3)  Jesus teaches his followers to “turn the other cheek” when they are hit, and he doesn’t fight back when he is arrested.  Why then does he then behave in such a physically aggressive way in this Gospel reading?

4)  What is the impact of Jesus’ actions on the religious leaders?  On his followers?  On the people of Jerusalem?

5)  If you are the Temple, what does this passage say about the way Jesus treats you?

6)  If the Church is the Temple, what does this passage say about Jesus’ view of the Church?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Week 26: Christ is the True Bread

Story 26: Christ is the True Bread

Sunday Readings
Exodus 16:1-5, 11-15
Psalm 78:15-25
James 2:14-18
John  6:22-35

Further Reading and Meditation
Genesis 3:17-19
1 Kings 17
Isaiah 30:18-33
Matthew 4:1-4
Mark 7:24-30
Luke 22:14-33
John 6

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 do you like to cook?  If you don’t cook, what do you like to have cooked for you?

2)  Thinking of your income, what percentage of it goes to buy food? What would it mean to your life if you got shop at Kroger for free for a year?

3)  In what way does God provide for your food?

4)  If Jesus is the true bread, how do you ‘eat this bread’?  What does that mean to you?  What does it look like?

5)  Are you able to offer this bread to others?  Is that possible?  If it is, how would you do that?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Week 25: Christ Sends the Apostles

Story 25: Christ Sends out the Apostles
You can listen to the sermon here.  

Sunday Readings
Joshua 1:1-9
Psalm 122
1 Corinthians 4:9-13
Matthew 10:1-16

Further Reading and Meditation
Deuteronomy 33
Mark 3:13-35
Luke 6:12-26
Acts 1:12-26
Acts 2:42-47

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 you are in a large group setting, in a class or at a conference for instance, and the speaker asks for everyone to form smaller groups of five people, are you going to a) stand up and say “I’m starting a group.” b) look around for a group to join  c) make your way to the exit?

2) Who taught you how to be a Christian?  How did they do that?

3) Have you ever been sent out on a mission?

4) Are you currently on a mission for Christ?  What would it look like for you to live as if you are on a mission for Christ?