Sunday, May 14th, 2017: The Power of Jesus to Save – Romans 3


Get to Know You:

  1. What are you thankful for this week?
  1. When you think of the word “sin”, what does it mean to you?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read Romans 3:9-20
  1. What does verse 9 and 10 tell you about sin?
  1. What does verse 20 tell you about sin?
  1. Verses 10-18 describe us if there were no restraints on us. What keeps culture from completely becoming like this description?
  1. Read Verses 21-26
  1. How would you explain verse 22- 25a to a person who is un-churched? Define the words.

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 – The Kindness & Judgement of God : Romans 2


Get to Know You:

  1. What are you celebrating this week?
  1. When you think of repentance—is that a positive or negative concept for you? Why?

 

Into the Bible:

  1. Read vs 1-4 What does the repentance talked about in verse 4 have to do with passing judgment on someone in verse 1?
  1. Read vs 6-11. How can we be saved by faith (Romans 3:23-25a) and yet be judged for what we do?
  1. Read vs 12-16 – What is the criteria that God uses to judge people?
  1. Read vs 17-23 – How could Christians apply these verses?
  1. Read vs 25-28 – What does “circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit” vs 29 mean?

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 – The Wrath of God—Romans 1:18-32


Get to Know You:

  1. What are you celebrating this week?
  1. What are common conceptions about the wrath of God.

Into the Bible

  1. Read Romans 1:18-32
  1. Focus on vs 18-22. When does the wrath of God happen and why does it happen? What are the results in these verses?
  1. Focus on vs. 24-25. What did God abandon them to, or give them over to and what was the result?
  1. Focus on vs 26-27 – What did God abandon them to, or give them over to and what was the result?
  1. Focus on vs 28-32 – What did God abandon them to, or give them over to and what was the result?
  1. After looking at this passage, how would you define the wrath of God?
  1. Read Romans 2:1 – How does this put the previous passage in perspective?
  1. Re-read Romans 1:21 – How do we ensure that God is with us?

Sunday, April 23, 2017: The Politics of the Gospel – Romans 1:1-17


Get to Know You:

  1. What was the best thing about Easter for you?
  1. When you think of the gospel, what do you think of?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read Romans 1:1-17
  1. In verse 1, Paul calls himself a “servant” or a “slave” of Jesus Christ. How do you feel about the deep sense of ownership that expresses?
  1. What do verses 1-5 tell you about God?
  1. What do verses 6-7 tell your about followers of Jesus?
  1. At the writing of this letter, Paul had never been to Rome. This letter is his introduction. What does Paul want the Romans to know about himself? (vs. 1-17) (This will give you some indication about how the letter is going to be framed.)
  1. Put verse 7 and verse 17 together. What does this tell you about how to live a righteous life and a holy life?
  1. The word “gospel” or “good news” is mentioned in Verses 1, 2, 9, 15, 16, 17. The whole book is about the gospel, but what do we know about it so far? (Hint: Focus on 15, 16, 17)

Sunday, April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday!  The Resurrection – John 20:1-29


Get to Know You:

  1. What happened over Easter (or Lent) that you are thankful for?
  1. What does the Resurrection mean to you

Into The Bible:

  1. Read John 20:1-29
  1. What do you think each person was feeling before they discovered Jesus was alive.?
  • Mary Magdalene vs 1-2,11-15
  • Peter vs 3-10
  • John vs 3-10
  • Thomas vs 24-25
  1. What were they feeling after they believed he was alive?
  • Mary Magdalene vs 16-18
  • Peter vs 19-23
  • John vs 19-23
  • Thomas vs. 24-29
  1. Which character do you identify with most?
  1. Why was the book of John written? vs 30-31 (make sure you define terms)
  1. What strikes you most about this passage of scripture?

Sunday, April 9th, 2017: Palm Sunday – John 12:12-19


Get to Know You:

 1. Share a memory from a Palm Sunday past. Humorous or insightful.

2. What expectations do you have for the week ahead?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read John 12:12-19
  1. What expectations might have been represented in the crowd that gathered as Jesus entered Jerusalem?
  1. In the middle of the Easter season what expectations do you have on God, who He is and what He will do for you?
  1. Is it right to have expectations on God?  Why or why not?
  1. What does it mean to worship without expectations?  What does it look like?  And is it necessary?
  1. What makes it difficult for you to worship God, corporately or privately?

Sunday, April 2, 2017: The Last Night of Jesus Life: Part 5   The Glory of God—John 17


Get to Know You:

  1. What are you celebrating this week?
  1. When you think about the Glory of God, what comes to mind.

Into the Bible:

  1. Read John 17:1-11
  1. What do these verses tell us about:

God the Father?

Jesus?

Followers of Jesus?

  1. In the first 5 verses, the word “glorify” or “glory” is used a number of times. Try to find synonyms or phrases that replace the word “glory” or “glorify” to make the meaning clearer.
  1. How does the Son bring glory to the Father? (vs 1-4)

7.  How do we bring glory to Jesus? (Verses 9-10)

  1. The Westminster Catechism says that the “Chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” What does it mean for us to live our lives to that end?

Sunday, March 26, 2017—The Last Night of Jesus Life: Part 4 – Trouble and Joy—John 16


Get to Know You:

  1. What are you celebrating this week?
  1. Does your Christian life bring you more trouble or joy?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read John 16:16-28
  1. Go through this section and look for words that speak of emotions. What kind of emotions are the disciples going to experience? Is this normal for the Christian life.
  1. Read John 16:5-15
  1. List all the things that the Holy Spirit does. What do these things look like in our world?
  1. How does the work of the Holy Spirit help with the experiences of the Christian life talked about in Question #4?
  1. Read verse 33 – How does what Jesus has said lead to peace? How are we take encouragement from Jesus? What does that look like in our world?

Sunday, March 19th, 2017: Paul Racine – I Call You Friend : John 15


Get to Know You:

  1. What are you thankful for this week?
  1. Can you think of a time where Jesus revealed himself to you?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read John 15
  1. What is the difference between a servant and a friend? Why is this significant in my relationship   with Jesus?
  1. What does “pruning” the vine look like in my life?
  1. Can “intimacy of relationship” be achieved in religion? Or is it only truly achieved in relationship?
  1. In regards to prayer, what does “ask me anything”   mean to me?
  1. Are there things I simply do not ask for? Why?
  1. Are there things I should be asking for?
  1. Are there things God is waiting for me to ask for?

Sunday, March 12, 2017: A Fresh Revelation of Jesus – John 13:31-14:21


Get to Know You:

  1. What are you thankful for this week? (We keep on asking this question because it is a good discipline.)
  1. Can you think of a time where Jesus revealed himself to you?

Into the Bible:

  1. Read John 14:1-21
  1. Can you spot the trinity in this passage? (Where?)
  1. What do we learn about God

-the Father

-the Son

-the Holy Spirit

From verses 14:9-21

  1. If you were to draw a picture of verse 20, what would it look like?
  1. What commandments is he referring to in verse 15? Is verse 15 possible?
  1. Read verse 21. Explain how we get a fresh revelation of Jesus.
  1. How do we live out John 14:15-21 in the 21st century?

Sunday, March 5, 2017: The Last Night of Jesus Life – John 13:1-20


Get to Know You:

  1. What is one thing that you are thankful for?
  1. What is your experience in trying to pray these verses lectio divina style.

Into the Bible:

  1. Read John 13:1-17
  1. What do verses 1-3 tell us about who Jesus is?
  1. What does verse 3 have to do with verses 4-5?
  1. Have you ever had a verse 7 experience? -“You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
  1. What is the lesson that he is trying to teach in verses 12-15? What is the promise, and what does it mean? (verse 17)
  1. What does verse 20 have to do with the rest of the passage?
  1. What would it look like for us to live out what Jesus was teaching in this passage?