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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April 22, 2018: Feed My Lambs

 

Discussion Questions

What is your “love language”?  (that is, how do you express love, and what makes you feel loved?)

What is the love language of those close to you?  How do they?

How does Jesus ask Peter to show his love for him?

 

Acting on the Word

Show your love for Jesus this week by helping to feed his sheep: donate to a food pantry, pay someone’s bill at a restaurant or grocery store, or pay off a school lunch bill for one or more school children.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:              John 12:5-25

Monday:             John 13:21-25

Tuesday:            John 18:12-16

Wednesday:       John 19:25-27

Thursday:           John 20:1-10

Friday:               John 21:4-7

Saturday:            John 21:20-24

What do you learn about the “disciple whom Jesus loved” in these readings?  (This disciple is thought by some to be John himself)

 

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April 15, 2018: Breakfast with Jesus

Discussion Questions

Where do you go or what do you do when you want to get away from it all?

Where are you most easily aware of God’s presence?

If you could have a meal with Jesus, what food would you choose?

 

Acting on the Word

At your meals this week, set an extra place for Jesus; in your mealtime prayer, thank Jesus for inviting you to eat with him.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         John 21:1-14

Monday:       John 1:35-42

Tuesday:       John 6:66-69

Wednesday:   John 13:1-11

Thursday:      John 13:33-38

Friday:          John 18:25-27

Saturday:       John 20:1-7

 

What do you learn about Peter and his relationship with Jesus in each reading?

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April 8, 2018: Peace and the Holy Spirit

Discussion Questions

What does peace mean to you?

What does peace look and feel like?

How have you experienced the Holy Spirit?

What questions do you have about the Holy Spirit?

 

Acting on the Word

When you feel stressed, anxious, or upset, take three or more slow, deep breaths; imagine the Holy Spirit    filling you with each breath.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         John 20:19-31

Monday:       John 1:29-34

Tuesday:       John 3:1-8

Wednesday:   John 7:27-39

Thursday:      John 14:25-27

Friday:          John 15:26-27

Saturday:       John 16:12-15

 

What does today’s reading say about the Holy Spirit?  What does the Holy Spirit do?

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April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday

Discussion Questions

What are some of your family’s Easter traditions?  Do you know why your family does them?

Which of the disciples in this passage do you most identify with?  Why?

Is Jesus’ resurrection important to you?  If not, why not?  If yes, why?

Acting on the Word

Tell someone about how Jesus has touched your life.

Daily Readings

Sunday:         John 20:1-18

Monday:       Mark 16:1-8

Tuesday:       Matthew 27:62–28:10

Wednesday:   Luke 23:55-24:12

Thursday:      John 2:18–22

Friday:          1 Corinthians 15:3–8

Saturday:       John 20:1-18 (in preparation for Sunday’s reading)

 

Sunday-Wednesday: What is similar between these accounts of Jesus’ resurrection? What is unique to each Gospel?

Thursday & Friday: What do these passages have to do with Easter?

Saturday: What about this passage strikes you differently today?

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