July 1: The Spirit Calling Forth Justice

Discussion Questions

What does “justice” mean to you?

What does good news to the poor sound and look like?

How is the Spirit calling you to bring about justice?

    Who are oppressed today?

 

Acting on the Word

Find a way to offer good news to the poor this week.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:        Luke 4:16-21

Monday:       Isaiah 61:1-4

Tuesday:       Isaiah 1:15-17

Wednesday:  Psalm 146:5-9

Thursday:     Jeremiah 22:13-17

Friday:          Micah 6:6-8

Saturday:      James 2:1-9

What does each passage say about justice?  How might the Spirit help you practice justice?

 

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June 24: The Spirit Building Up Community

Discussion Questions

What is your favorite part of the body?  Your least favorite?

Are there parts of your body you are ashamed of?

How do these experiences of your body speak to the idea of the church as a body?

What does it mean for how we deal with church or community members who make us uncomfortable?

 

Acting on the Word

  • Spend time in prayer this week giving thanks to God for your body
  • Choose one person in church or the community who is very different than you; spend time each day pondering the gifts they bring to the community; pray for God to work through them.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:        1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Monday:       Psalm 133

Tuesday:       John 15:1–8

Wednesday:  Romans 12:3–8

Thursday:     Ephesians 4:1–6

Friday:          Ephesians 4:1–6, 11–16

Saturday:      Colossians 3:12–17

 

What does each passage say about the faithful as the body of Christ? (Or in Psalm 133, about unity?)

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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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