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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Week 40: Christ Sends the Holy Spirit

The Jesus Story Year Weekly Take Home Guide
Week 40: Christ Sends His Spirit

Sunday Readings
Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:25-35, 37b
Acts 2:1-21
John 20:19-23

Further Reading and Meditation
Genesis 1:1-3
Exodus 31:1-11
Judges 14:1-7
1 Samuel 16:1-4
Psalm 51
Isaiah 11:1-10
Isaiah 61
Ezekiel 31:1-14
Matthew 1:18-25
John 1:29-34
John 16:5-15

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 Jesus Story Year is drawing to a close.  In two weeks, we are going to share some reflections on the year together.  What is one thing you have heard, experienced, or learned during the Jesus Story Year that you would like to keep with you?

2)  Can you describe who or what the Holy Spirit is and does? 

3)  How do you experience the Holy Spirit?

4)  How could the Holy Spirit have an increased role in your life?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Week 39: Christ Ascends

The Jesus Story Year Weekly Take Home Guide
Week 39: Christ Ascends

Sunday Readings
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47
Ephesians 1:15-23 

Luke 24:44-53

Further Reading and Meditation
Psalm 68
Mark 16:14-19
John 20:11-18
Ephesians 4:1-16
Romans 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) Have you ever ascended?  Not literally, I assume, but have you ever been raised up from one position to another?

2) The Ascension is a major event in the life of Christ, but is not often discussed.  Do you remember hearing a sermon or teaching about the ascension?  Do you remember anything that was said about it?

3)  According to the Ephesians passage, what happens to Christ as a result of the Ascension?

4)  What role does an ascended Christ play in the life of the Church?  What role can he now play in your life?

5)  The Acts passage says that Christ will return.  Do you look forward to that return?  Do you believe it will literally happen?  In your lifetime?  What difference would it make to you if you believed he would return in your lifetime?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Week 38: Christ Will Come Again

The Jesus Story Year Weekly Take Home Guide
Week 38: Christ Will Come Again

Sunday Readings
Daniel 7:9-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:9-18
Matthew 24:42-51

Further Reading and Meditation
Revelation (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) Tell us your favorite flood story from the past week or so.  It can be funny, sad, inspiring, irritating, whatever. 

2) How have you seen God at work in the midst of this flood?

3) If Christ is going to return, what significance does loss of property hold?  Loss of life?  Does Christ’s return indicate that he cares for this life, or that he is focused on the next, or somehow both?

4) Is the return of Christ something that you believe in theoretically?  Do you believe in it emotionally?  What meaning does the idea have for you?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Week 37: Christ Calls Saul

The Jesus Story Year Weekly Take Home Guide
Week 37: Christ Calls Saul

Sunday Readings
Acts 26:1-20
Psalm 22:22-26
Philippians 3:1-14
John 10:11-17

Further Reading and Meditation
Numbers 22:22-41
Acts 9:1-31
Acts 22
Galatians 1:11-2:10

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) Would you consider yourself: a) spiritual and religious; b) spiritual but not religious; c) religious but not spiritual; or d) neither spiritual nor religious.  Why?  Why do you mean by that?
2)  Was there ever a time when you were more religious than you are now?  Were you ever less religious? 
3)  Has being religious ever helped you in your relationship with other people?  Has it helped you in your relationship with Christ?
4)  Has being religious ever hurt your relationship with other people?  Has it ever hurt your relationship with Christ?
5)  Saul was utterly sincere in his religion before he came to know Christ.  Why does he later consider all of his previous religious life to be ‘rubbish’ (Philippians 3:7-8)
6)  Do you experience the tension of both being saved by grace alone but also called upon to practice a faithful religion?  What is that tension like?  Have you ever seen this balance lived well?

If you can’t figure out a working definition of “religious” and need one, the Merriam-Webster definition is “1) relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity; 2) of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances and 3) scrupulously and conscientiously faithful