Unsung Heroes, August 19: Barnabas

Discussion Questions

Who has been the most generous to you?

How do you feel when you give to others?

Who has encouraged you the most?  How do they do so?

How do you encourage others?


Acting on the Word

Encourage at least one person each day this week.


Daily Readings

Sunday:         Acts 4:32-39

Monday:       Acts 9:26–30  [The “he” referred to in verse 26 is Saul/Paul]

Tuesday:       Acts 11:19-26

Wednesday:   Acts 11:27–30

Thursday:      Acts 12:24–13:5

Friday:          Acts 15:1–4, 22–35

Saturday        Acts 15:36–41

How does Barnabas encourage others in each passage?  How does Barnabas serve God in each passage?


Next Week:   Lydia.  What can you learn about Lydia between now and next week?

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Unsung Heroes, August 12: Huldah

Discussion Questions

What do you know about your family history?

Have you ever found something from your family history that changed your understanding of your family?

Who do you go to if you don’t understand something important you have read?

Who do you ask for help in understanding the Bible?


Acting on the Word

Make a list of questions you have about the Bible.  Go to someone whose knowledge of the Bible you trust and ask one or more of your questions.


Daily Readings

Sunday:         2 Chronicles 34:14-28

Monday:       2 Kings 22:8–11

Tuesday:       Exodus 15:19-21

Wednesday:   Judges 4:4–9

Thursday:      Luke 2:21–22, 36–38

Friday:          Acts 2:17–18

Saturday        Acts 21:7–9

How did God use Huldah and the other female prophets mentioned here?


Next Week: Barnabas.  What can you learn about Barnabas between now and next week?

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Unsung Heroes, August 5: Gideon


Discussion Questions

Have you ever asked for a sign from God?  What happened?

How do you feel about Gideon asking for a sign?  What about his apparent doubt that God will act?

When was a time the task in front of you seemed impossible?  What happened?


Acting on the Word

Spend time in prayer  asking God to tell you what task he wants you to accomplish for him this week. Then do your best to do it.


Daily Readings

Sunday:        Judges 6:11-18

Monday:       Judges 6:19-24

Tuesday:       Judges 6:25-32

Wednesday:  Judges 6:33-40

Thursday:     Judges 7:1-14

Friday:          Judges 7:15-23

Saturday      Judges 8:22-28

What do you learn of Gideon?  What were his strengths?  His faults?  (You may want to read all of Judges 8 for a more troubling side to Gideon).

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Unsung Heroes, July 29: Balaam

Discussion Questions

Who are some people who are seen both as a hero and as a villain?

When has someone not taken your “no” as a final answer?  How did that feel?

When have you missed something God was trying to tell you?

When has it seemed as though God’s answer has changed?


Acting on the Word

When someone tells you “no” this week, accept that answer; don’t try to change their mind.


Daily Readings

Sunday:        Numbers 22:1-35

Monday:       Numbers 22:36-23:12

Tuesday:       Numbers 23:13-26

Wednesday:  Numbers 23:27-24:13

Thursday:     Numbers 24:13-25

Friday:          Deuteronomy 23:3–6

Saturday       Revelation 2:12-14

What do you learn about Balaam and about God in each passage?  Is Balaam a hero or a villain?  (Note, you may want to consult a study Bible to learn more about Balaam and how he is portrayed in Scripture.)


Next Week: Gideon.  What can you learn about Gideon between now and next week?

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Unsung Heroes, July 22: Shiphrah and Puah


Discussion Questions

Who comes to mind when you think of heroes? (real-life or fictional)

What makes them heroes?

Can lying/deception ever be heroic?

When is disobeying authority heroic?

Had you heard the story of Shiphrah and Puah before?


Acting on the Word

Read up on human trafficking, one form of modern slavery, at https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/human-trafficking.  Is there a way you can help resist the evil of human trafficking?


Daily Readings

Sunday:        Exodus 1:15-22

Monday:       Joshua 2:1-7

Tuesday:       2 Samuel 17:17-22

Wednesday:  Daniel 3:14-18

Thursday:     Acts 4:13-21

Friday:          Acts 5:27-32

Saturday       Proverbs 24:11-12

Each passage speaks of defying earthly authorities or rulers; Why? When are we called to break the rules made by our leaders?  When are we called to keep them?


Next Week: Balaam.  What can you learn about Balaam between now and next week?


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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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