June 17: The Spirit and Christ’s Presence

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion Questions

What books or movies can you think of that involve orphans?

Do you know someone (or is there someone in your family tree) that was orphaned?

When do you feel most alone?

What most helps you know that God is with you?

Acting on the Word

Reach out to someone you know who is alone, and spend some time with them this week.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:        John 14:16-27

Monday:       Romans 8:31-39

Tuesday:       John 16:12-16

Wednesday:  Romans 5:1–5

Thursday:     2 Corinthians 13:13

Friday:          Luke 1:39–43

Saturday:      Luke 2:25–32

 

What is the connection between the Spirit and the presence of Jesus in each passage?

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June 10: The Spirit Sighing When We Have No Words

Discussion Questions

Psalm 139 pretty well states that you cannot hide anything from God. Is this a comfort to you, or a concern for you?

Have you ever had a time when you didn’t know how to pray or what to pray? Have you ever been at a loss for words when you tried to pray?

Have you ever tried to pray without words?

Have you ever had a situation or an occasion when you think the Holy Spirit interceded for you?   

Acting on the Word

Any time you find yourself sighing in frustration or despair this week—or saying something along the lines of, “Oh, God,” pause and remember that this is the Spirit praying through you. Let your sighs, tears, or silence be a prayer.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:        Romans 8:26-30

Monday:       Psalm 5:1-2

Tuesday:       Psalm 88:1-3

Wednesday:  Matthew 10:16-20

Thursday:     2 Corinthians 5:1-5

Friday:          Ephesians 6:18

Saturday:      Jude 20-21

What does each passage say about prayer and/or the Spirit?

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June 3, 2018: The Spirit in Creation

Discussion Questions

    What aspect of creation do you like best?

Does creation reflect or reveal God to you?  If yes, how?

What are some ways creation “groans” or “suffers”?

What would redemption of creation (including our bodies) look like?

 

Acting on the Word

Take a walk or a drive through a park or other natural area.  What do you hear?  What do you see?  Can you sense the presence of the Holy Spirit?  Are there ways in which what you see or hear indicates that creation is groaning or suffering?

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:        Romans 8:18-25

Monday:       Genesis 1:1-5

Tuesday:       John 1:1-5

Wednesday:  Proverbs 8:12, 22-31

Thursday:     Psalm 33:1-9

Friday:          Psalm 104:24-30

Saturday:      Isaiah 42:1-7

 

What does each passage say about the Spirit and/or Creation?  (Remember that wind, spirit, and breath are all one word in Hebrew and Greek)

 

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May 27, 2018: The Spirit Connects Us to God

Discussion Questions

    What was your relationship with your parents like?

If you have children, what is your relationship with them like?

What does it mean to you to be a child of God?

How does the Spirit help you know you are a child of God?

 

Acting on the Word

Remind yourself each day this week that you are a beloved child of God.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:        Romans 8:12-17

Monday:       Psalm 104:24-30

Tuesday:       John 3:1-8

Wednesday:  John 14:16-20

Thursday:     Galatians 4:6-9

Friday:          Ephesians 1:11-14

Saturday:      1 John 4:13-15

 

What do they say about the work of the Spirit?  If the translation you use doesn’t include the word “Spirit” in the passage, look for the word “breath” or “wind.” In both Hebrew and Greek (the original languages of the Bible), “spirit,” “breath,” and “wind” are all the same word.

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May 13, 2018: Jesus Ascends to Heaven

 

Discussion Questions

    How do you feel about goodbyes?

What kind of power do you associate with the Holy Spirit?

Have you ever had to serve as a witness in court?  If so, what was that like?

How do you feel about witnessing.

 

Acting on the Word

Share a story about your experience with God or your faith with someone else at leaset once this week.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Acts 1:1-14

Monday:        Galatians 5:16-26

Tuesday:        Romans 8:12-17

Wednesday:   1 Corinthians 2:6-13

Thursday:      1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Friday:           1 Corinthians 12:12-14

Saturday:       Acts 1:15-26

 

What do you learn about the Holy Spirit from these passages?

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May 6, 2018: Love one Another

Discussion Questions

What makes you feel the most loved?

When do you feel the least loved?

What do you find hardest about the command to love one another?

 

Acting on the Word

Identify one person who you struggle to love; ask God to help you be more loving toward them.  Identify concrete actions you can take to be more loving, and act on them.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:                 1 John 4:7-21

Monday:                1 John 5:1-5

Tuesday:               1 John 5:6-12

Wednesday:          1 John 5:13-17

Thursday:              1 John 5:18-21

Friday:                  2 John (verses 1-13)

Saturday:               3 John (verses 1-14)

 

What do these readings say about how we are called to live as Christians?

 

 

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April 29, 2018: Fellowship in Jesus

 

Discussion Questions

What does “fellowship” mean to you?

What kinds of things do you enjoy doing with others?

When have you experienced fellowship being damaged or strained?  How was it, or could it have been, repaired?

 

Acting on the Word

Think about your relationships: is there one or more that need mending?  What can you do to help mend it?  Ask for forgiveness?  Be more kind?  Listen more?  Make an intentional effort to repair the relationship.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:           1 John 1:1-2:2

Monday:         1 John 2:3-6

Tuesday:         1 John 2:7-11

Wednesday:    1 John 2:12-14

Thursday:        1 John 3:1-3

Friday:            1 John 3:11-18

Saturday:        1 John 3:23-24

Sunday:           1 John 4:7-21

How does the author of 1 John want Christians to live? 

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