February 17, 2019: Parables of the Kingdom

Discussion Questions

What is your experience with weeds?  What problems do they create?

Have you ever baked with yeast?  What is your experience with it?

When has a small effort or a small group of people made a big difference?

What do you think Jesus means when he says the kingdom is like yeast or a mustard seed?

 

Acting on the Word

Be on the lookout for the small ways God is at work in your life and in the life of those around you.  Make a list of them each day.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Matthew 13:24-43     Kingdom Parables

Monday:         Psalm 78                    Psalm

Tuesday:         Matthew 10:16-42     Coming Persecutions

Wednesday:    Matthew 10:26-42     Coming Persecutions

Thursday:       Matthew 11:1-19       John the Baptist

Friday:            Matthew 11:20-30     Woes

Saturday:        Matthew 12:1-8         Teachings of Jesus

What does Jesus say about God?  About discipleship?

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February 10, 2019: The Golden Rule

Living in Humility

Discussion Questions

What do you have the least patience with in others?

How easy is it for you to ask for help?

When have you felt judged by others?  What was that like?

When have you judged other people?  Why do you think you did so?

 

Acting on the Word

Identify a person or group of people you tend to judge.  Pray each day for God’s mercy for them and ask God to help you see good in them.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29    The Golden Rule

Monday:         Psalm 37:1-11                    Psalm

Tuesday:         Matthew 9:9-17                Call of Matthew

Wednesday:    Matthew 8:18-27             Miracles of Jesus

Thursday:       Matthew 8:28-9:8            Healings of Jesus

Friday:            Matthew 9:18-38              Healings of Jesus

Saturday:        Matthew 10:1-15              The Twelve Apostles

 

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February 3, 2019: The Lord’s Prayer

Discussion Questions

What are your first memories of learning the Lord’s Prayer?

What version of the Lord’s Prayer did you grow up with?

Do you prefer memorized prayers—like the Lord’s Prayer—or do you prefer to use your own words?

 

Acting on the Word

Pray the Lord’s Prayer each day this week.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:          Matthew 6:7-21     The Lord’s Prayer/Treasure in Heaven

Monday:         Psalm 145:1–13a   Psalm

Tuesday:         Matthew 6:22-24   Teachings of Jesus

Wednesday:    Matthew 6:25-34   Teachings of Jesus

Thursday:       Matthew 7:15-20   Teachings of Jesus

Friday:            Matthew 7:21-23   Teachings of Jesus

Saturday         Matthew 8:1-17    Healings of Jesus

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January 27, 2019: The Beatitudes

Discussion Questions

How do you feel about Jesus saying those who face pain or struggles are “happy” or “blessed”?

How have you seen God at work in your life during difficult times?

How easy do you find it to see God at work in your life when everything is going well?

What does it mean to you to be the salt of the earth or the light of the world?

 

Acting on the Word

In difficult times this week, be alert to God’s presence with you.  Offer presence to another person who is struggling.

 

Daily Readings

    Sunday:          Matthew 5:1-20         The Beatitudes

Monday:         Psalm 1                      Psalm

Tuesday:         Matthew 5:21-26       Concerning Anger

    Wednesday:    Matthew 5:27-32       Concerning Adultery and Divorce

    Thursday:       Matthew 5:33-42       Concerning Oaths and Retaliation

    Friday:            Matthew 5:43-48       Love for Enemies

    Saturday:        Matthew 6:1-6           Concerning Almsgiving

     What does the reading say about what God is doing? What God expects of us?

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January 20, 2019: Tempted in the Wilderness

Discussion Questions

When have you heard Scripture quoted and felt like it was being twisted or used as a weapon?

What tempts you the most?

When have you felt as if your faith were being tempted?

Acting on the Word

Pay attention to the voices you hear quoting Scripture or saying, “God says” or “the Bible says.”  At least once, take some time to do some Scripture study of your own about the topic or Scripture.  Pray for guidance to determine if Scripture or God’s will was being used appropriately or not.

 

Daily Readings

    Sunday:          Matthew 4:1-17         Tempted in the Wilderness

Monday:         Psalm 91                    Psalm

Tuesday:         Genesis 1:26-27         Creation of Humanity

Wednesday:    Genesis 3:1-7            Temptation in the Garden of Eden

Thursday:       Deuteronomy 8:1-10 A Warning from God

Friday:            Matthew 4:18-22       Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Saturday:     Matthew 4:23-25:  Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People

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January 13, 2019: Baptism of Jesus

Discussion Questions

When was the last baptism you witnessed?

What do you remember from the baptism?

What do you think baptism means?

Why do you think John was hesitant to baptize Jesus?

 

Acting on the Word

At least once each day when you come into contact with water, stop to remember the promises of baptism.

 

Daily Readings

    Sunday:          Matthew 3:1-17

Monday:         Psalm 2

  Tuesday:         Malachi 3:1-3

    Wednesday:    Isaiah 40:1-5

    Thursday:       Mark 1:4-11

    Friday:            Luke 3:1-22

    Saturday:        John 1:19-34

What do these passages say about Jesus and his purpose?  Thursday-Saturday: How are the other Gospel accounts of Jesus’ baptism the same as Matthew’s?  How are they different?

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January 6, 2019: Epiphany

Discussion Questions

Do you enjoy star gazing?  Why or why not?

If you do, what is your favorite constellation?

Why do you think people read horoscopes or other astrology predictions?

How has Jesus been a light or a “star” in your life?

Acting on the Word

Go outside after dark one night this week and spend some time looking at the stars.

Daily Readings

    Sunday:          Matthew 2:1-12

Monday:         Isaiah 60:1-6

Tuesday:         Micah 5:2-4

Wednesday:    Psalm 72

Thursday:       Jeremiah 31:15–17

Friday:            Hosea 11:1–4

Saturday:        Matthew 2:13-23

    How is God at work in these passages? What are the connections between the Old Testament readings and the two Matthew readings?

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