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April 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Disciples Love One Another - Questions

These questions are meant for personal reflection and group discussion related to the sermon on 22 April 2018, "Disciples Love One Another."  The primary scripture is John 13:34-35.

What is your favorite love song?  “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”?

  1. Read John 13 before the group meeting.  Notice verse 1, “…he loved them to the end.”
  2. Did Jesus wash Judas’ feet knowing the betrayal was about to happen?
  3. John 13:17 says, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”  What things?  How will you be blessed?
  4. Jesus told the disciples they could not go where he was going.  Later he said they would follow, but later.  To what or where was he referring?
  5. Read Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:34-40, and 1 John 2:7-11.  What was new about the command to love one another?
  6. How do you love someone whose ways or habits you do not like?  Keep in mind that this kind of love is not a warm, fuzzy feeling.
  7. Are there any broken relationships in your family or church that you need to mend?  How will you do it?

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



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