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April 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Questions - Faith and Love

The following questions relate to the sermon on 15 April presented by Clinton Salmon.  The primary passage is Luke 7:1-10.

1.  What do you know about the region or town of Capernaum?

2.  What would be the normal relationship between Jews and a Roman Centurion there?

3.  What do you learn about the Centurion from verses 2-4?

4.  What motivated the Centurion to ask for help?

5.  Jesus commended the Centurion's faith.  What is the evidence of his faith?

6.  Matthew's version or similar story in Matthew 8 adds a statement about people coming from the east and the west to take their place at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Who is Jesus describing?

7.  From Matthew's version, who are the subjects of the kingdom who will be thrown outside?

8.  From what source should we seek the ability to love people and trust God?

 

 




April 1, 2018, 2:06 PM

Easter Celebration - Questions

The following questions relate to our Easter Celebration service on 1 April 2018.  The primary scripture was John 20.  These questions are designed to facilitate group discussion but may also be useful for personal reflection.  Those in groups who use the questions will want to consider them prior to the group meeting.

1.  Who was the faster runner, John or Peter?

2.  John tells first of Mary Magdalene going to the tomb on Sunday morning.  For what is Mary known?  (Luke 7:36-50)

3.  What kind of body did Jesus have after resurrection?  See John 20:14-17, 19-20, 26-27; 21:1-14.

4.  Read Jesus' conversation with Peter in John 21:15-23.

5.  What themes do you find in the conversations noted  in all of the previous questions?

6.  How should we in the church today help people like Mary (previously a prostitute)?  Would Mary be welcome with us?

7.  How should the church help a fallen Christian leader such as Peter?

8.  What are your favorite Easter traditions?  Any new ones?

 




March 26, 2018, 3:43 PM

Who Is He? Palm Sunday - Questions

These questions are meant to relate to the sermon from Palm Sunday, 25 March 2018, "Who Is He?"  The primary scripture is chapters 11 and 12 of the Gospel of John.  While designed primarily for group study, the questions may also be useful for personal reflection during the week.  It would be useful to consider the questions before attending group.  Also, this week you may want to use the reading plan from Sunday's bulletin and also entered into this blog.

1.  Prior to group meeting please read John 11 and consider how the events around Lazarus affected what happened on Palm Sunday before answering the following questions.

2.  Why were so many people outside of Jerusalem, on the road to Bethany, on Sunday morning?

3.  Why did they wave palm branches and hail Jesus as King of Israel?

4.  Who was the group simultaneously trying to kill Jesus and what was their reasoning?

5.  Which prophet's words were fulfilled by Jesus riding into Jersusalem on a young donkey?

6.  Prior to group meeting, please consider at least one other gospel accounts of Palm Sunday.  Matthew 21 includes Jesus clearing the temple.  Mark 11 tells about a fig tree.  Luke 19 includes a rather nice quote of Jesus regarding rocks having voices.

7.  Your group may be meeting for this discussion on Easter morning.  Reserve time for people to discuss their spiritual journey through the week as they prepared for Resurrection Day.




March 26, 2018, 3:13 PM

Holy Week Reading Plan

Suggested Daily Readings 25 March – 1 April.   For accompanying devotional reading and children’s video, see YouVersion application; reading plans: “What’s In The Bible/Holy Week

 Sunday  – John 12:12-16; Zechariah 9:9

Monday – Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:12-16

Tuesday – Mark 4:30-32

Wednesday – Exodus 12:5-13

Thursday – Luke 22:14-23

Friday – Mark 15:33-39

Saturday – Psalm 22:1-8

Sunday (Easter) – Matthew 28:1-9

 

 




March 18, 2018, 3:05 PM

Continue Abiding - Questions

The following questions are designed for group study as follow-up to the sermon presented on Sunday, March 18 2018, "Continue Abiding."  The primary scripture is 2 Timothy 3:14-17.  These questions may also be helpful for personal reflection.  Please use them to your advantage, such as preparing for group discussion.  

1.  Where there any events or conversations in the last week that caused to pause and examine what God is doing?  Would you like to discuss it with the group?

2.  A brief context for 2 Timothy was presented in the sermon.  Review the situation of the letter from the sermon audio or from another source such as a study Bible or commentary.  blueletterbible.com is one source.

3.  In preparation for group discussion it would be helpful to read the entire letter.  It is a sweet letter which was written near the end of Paul's life.

4.  The topic, "Continue Abiding," relates to the second characteristic of a disciple of Jesus in our philosophy of ministry: Disciples Abide In Christ.  Paul's encouragement to Timothy was "...continue in what your have learned..."  Compare this statement to the words of Christ in John 8:31-32, "...hold to my teaching..." (abide in my word).

5.  What does the phrase in verse 15 mean, "...which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith..."?

6.  What does the phrase in verse 16, "All scripture is God-breathed..." mean?  To what scripture was Paul referring?

7.  How should we employ the word of God for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness?  Literally, how should we in the church do these things?

8.  Read 2 Timothy 4:1-5.  Does it read as if Paul was describing our day?  What should we do?

9.  Notice  again that Jesus' words to new believers and Paul's advice to a mature believer which are recorded in John 8:31-32  are very similar.

10.  How can we help a new believer with no church background to abide in Christ?

 


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