February 23, 2020 Transfiguration

Discussion Questions

What is your experience with/opinion of “Makeover” shows?  What kinds of transformations happen there?

When have your expectations or assumptions about someone been overturned?

What images, thoughts, or feelings does the phrase “take up your cross” bring to mind?

What crosses do you own (e.g. jewelry, decoration, bookmarks, etc.). Which is your favorite?  Why?

Acting on the Word

Use a cross during your prayer time this week:  look at a picture of the cross or hold a cross in your hand.

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Mark 8:27-9:8

Monday:         Mark 9:9-13

Tuesday:         Mark 8:14-29

Wednesday:    Mark 9:30-37

Thursday:       Mark 9:38-41

Friday:            Mark 9:42-50

Saturday:        Mark 10:1-16

What stands out to you in these readings?  What comforts you?  Challenges you? Raises questions for you?

 

 

 

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February 16, 2020 What Defiles?

Discussion Questions

Are you a neat freak, a slob, or somewhere in between?  Why do you think this is?

What practices were you taught as a child were “improper,” “impure,” “defiling” or “not done”?  How do you feel about those things now?

Describe a time you felt unwelcome or judged because of your traditions or practices?

What is the difference between traditions and traditionalism?

Acting on the Word

Talk to a friend from a different Christian denomination or even a different faith.  What traditions and/or practices in that tradition are meaningful to them?

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Mark 7:1-23

Monday:         Mark 7:24-30

Tuesday:         Mark 7:31-37

Wednesday:    Mark 8:1-10

Thursday:       Mark 8:11-8:21

Friday:            Mark 8:22-26

Saturday:        Psalm 50:7-23

What stands out to you in these readings?  What comforts you?  Challenges you? Raises questions for you?

 

 

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February 9, 2020 The Mission of the 12

Discussion Questions

What do you like most and/or least about traveling?

How do you like meeting new people?

When have you been “out of your comfort zone”?  What was the experience like for you?

 

Acting on the Word

When you are out and about this week, be intentional about looking for ways God can use you as you interact with the people you encounter.  Where can you offer healing? Forgiveness? Mercy? Kindness?  What happens when you do?

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Mark 6:1-6

Monday:         Mark 6:7-16

Tuesday:         Mark 6:17-29 

Wednesday:    Mark 6:30-34

Thursday:       Mark 6:35-44

Friday:            Mark 6:45-52

Saturday:        Mark 6:53-56

How does God work through Jesus and/or the disciples in these passages?  What is God asking of you in these verses?

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February 2, 2020 Jesus Heals

Discussion Questions

How do you feel in crowds?

How do you feel about being touched?

When have you tried solution after solution to no avail?

How do you think Jairus felt when Jesus was delayed?

Why do you think the woman didn’t approach Jesus openly?

Acting on the Word

Call or send a card to a friend, neighbor, or stranger who is struggling with health issues.

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Mark 5:21-43 

Monday:         Matthew 9:18–26

Tuesday:         Luke 8:40–56

Wednesday:    Mark 3:7-10

Thursday:       Luke 6:17-19

Friday:            Mark 6:53-56

Saturday:        Matthew 14:34-36

What do these passages say about touching Jesus or being touched by him?

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January 26, 2020: Fear of Healing?

Discussion Questions

How do you feel about going to the doctor?

How consistent are you about doing things that are best for your health (like eat healthy, exercise, take your medicines, etc.)?  Why do you think that is?

What goes through your mind and what do you feel when someone you care about avoids or delays doing what is best for their health?

 

Acting on the Word

Spend some time in meditative prayer about a healthy habit you struggle to live out.  Ask God to help you understand where the resistance is coming from and to lead you to a better place.

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Mark 5:1-20

Monday:         Matthew 8:28-34

Tuesday:         Luke 8:26-39

Wednesday:    Daniel 4:28–37

Thursday:       Acts 16:16-24

Friday:            Acts 16:25-34

Saturday:        Acts 16:35-40

The Monday and Tuesday readings are Matthew and Luke’s versions of Mark’s account of the healing of the man from Gerasa.  How are they the same?  Different?

The rest of the week’s stories concern healing and responses to healing.  Who is healed? How do they and others respond?

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January 19, 2020: The Mystery of the Parables

Discussion Questions

What kind of experience have you had with planting seeds/gardening?

Which of these parables speaks to you the most?

Which of them troubles you the most?

Acting on the Word

One day this week, offer up a quick prayer for every person you encounter or meet.

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Mark 4:1-9

Monday:         Mark 4:10-20

Tuesday:         Mark 4:20-25

Wednesday:    Mark 4:26-29

Thursday:       Mark 4:30-32

Friday:            Mark 4:33-34

Saturday:        Mark 4:35-41

What words or phrases stand out to you?  What questions does the reading provoke?

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January 12, 2020 Forgiveness or Rules?

Discussion Questions

What church rules or expectations have changed over your lifetime?

Why do you think they changed?  How do you feel about the changes?

When are rules and expectations a good thing?

When do rules or expectations get in the way of what God is doing?

What new things is God doing in our community?

What “old wineskins” need to be left behind?

Acting on the Word

Be kind and welcoming to someone who you are tempted to label as a sinner or an outsider.

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Mark 2:1-11

Monday:         Mark 2:12-22

Tuesday:         Mark 2:23-28

Wednesday:    Mark 3:1-6

Thursday:       Mark 3:7-12

Friday:            Mark 3:13-19

Saturday:        Mark 3:20-35

Is Jesus breaking any “rules” in these passages?  Why or why not?  When others object, why do they?       

 

 

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