Sunday, December 3, 2017: Journeying to Bethlehem; Journeying to Jesus – The Journey of Mary and Joseph

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Get to Know You:

  1. What are you celebrating this week?
  2. Have you ever had a promise from God that you wondered about?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read Luke 1:26-38
  2. What was the promise? What was Mary’s first response? What was her second response? What does this tell us about our journeys toward Jesus? (Take special note of verse 37.)
  3. Read Matthew 1:19-24
  4. What was the problem? What was Joseph’s (almost) first response? What was his second response? What does this tell us about our journeys toward Jesus?
  5. Read Luke 2:1-7
  6. Did Mary and Joseph meet Jesus where they thought they would meet Jesus? (What were some of the differences?) What does this tell us about our spiritual journey’s towards Jesus?
  7. What about Mary and Joseph’s journey could you apply to your own spiritual journey?

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Sunday, November 26th, 2017: The Life of Love – 2 Corinthians 4:1-10

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Get to Know You:

  1. What are you celebrating today?
  2. What do you want God to do in your spiritual life?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read 1 John 2:12-14. Describe fathers/mothers in the faith. (What does it mean to know him who is from the beginning?) How is that different from the children of the faith?
  2. Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
  3. How does Paul describe his life? (vs 7-11, 16)
  4. How does Paul describe his internal life? (vs 10-11, 16)
  5. What are the reasons that Paul gives for living this way? (11-12, 13-14, 16-17)
  6. How does Paul live well in the midst of a difficult life? (13-14, 17-18)
  7. What can Paul teach us about our expectations of life and how to live well in this life?

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Sunday, November 19th, 2017 – The Church

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Get to Know You:

  1. What are you celebrating this week?
  2. What is stretching you?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read 2 Corinthians 11:1-4. What does this passage tell you about the church?
  2. Read Ephesians 1:18-22. (Focus on the vs. 22) What does this tell you about the church?
  3. Read Matthew 18:15-20. What does this tell you about the church?
  4. Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-22. What does this tell you about church?
  5. Read 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 – What does this tell you about church? (Don’t get focused on the gifts)
  6. Read Hebrews 10:23-25 – What does this tell you about the church?

Application:

  1. Putting these concepts together, what should be our posture towards the church?

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Sunday, November 12th, 2017: Dark Night of the Soul—Psalms of Lament

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Get to Know You:

  1. What are you giving thanks for today?
  2. Has there every been a time in your life when God was silent or felt absent?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read Psalm 13 (In a couple of versions if you have them)
  2. In verses 1-2, what is the problem?
  3. What was David feeling in these Psalms? Have you ever had similar feelings? If so where?
  1. In verses 3-4, what is David asking for? How would you put those requests in everyday language?
  2. n verses 5-6, what does David praise God for? What does this show about David? What can you learn from David’s response to his circumstances?

Application:

  1. Read Psalm 6. This is another Lament Psalm. When is appropriate to pray Psalms of Lament?

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Sunday, November 5th, 2017: Longing for Oneness with God

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Get to Know You:

  1. What are you thankful for this week?
  2. When in your life was it the easiest to love God?

Into the Bible:

 Read John 17:20-23

  1. How would you draw a picture of our oneness with God as portrayed in this passage?
  2. This passage doesn’t use the word love, but if God is love (and He is) how would you read love into this passage?
  3. Read Romans 8:26-27 – How does this relate to silence in prayer? Have you ever experienced silent prayer? If so what was it like?
  4. Read Ephesians 3:16-19 – How does this passage relate to some of the characteristics on this stage? (See other side of sheet)

Application:

 What do you long for in relationship with God?

  1. What strategy does the enemy seem to be using to cause discouragement?

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