Q52 Week5

"The This Gen Circle"

As most of you reading this know, I work with our This Gen Ministries, I consider it an honor, a privilege, and the most fun job anyone could ever have. There are certainly highs and there are definitely lows, but at the end of the day. I couldn’t imagine not working with This Generation in some capacity. If you are reading this and I have zero clue what I mean about This Gen. What it means is kids, students, and young adults. I love working with them. They are passionate, they are growing, they are curious, they are talented, and they matter. Which is why I loved the reading this week! We don’t get a huge view into the window of Jesus' time as a This Gen’r, but what we do see is powerful... (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, JANUARY 31

Connect: Luke 2:41-52

DISCOVER

Read Chapter 5 of  Quest 52

    RESPOND

  • After reading Chapter 5, how clear are you about God’s purpose for your life? What do you believe God is leading you to do for Him?

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Connect: 1 Samuel 24

DISCOVER

  • In verses 4-7, how did David resist those who sought him harm?
  • Read closely verses 8-15. How did David show how we should reconcile?
  • Did David and Saul reach an agreement? How? Why is this important?

    RESPOND

  • The life of David includes a fascinating tale about submitting to God’s earthly authorities. What leader do you need to show more appropriate honor to?
  • Who are you avoiding that you should pursue? Are you waiting on them to move first? Why not rather go to them, clarify the situation and gently confront what has perhaps turned into a misconception?

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Connect: Romans 13

DISCOVER

  • With verses 3-5, how does the Lord want you to conduct our lives towards the authorities? 
  • Why should we be submissive to those in power?
  • Why should Christians not cheat the tax system?  How is upholding the laws honoring God?

    RESPOND

  • Are you living a life that is submissive to God’s authority? What about the laws of the appointed authorities?
  • If you’re not sure about these questions, take time to pray for God to show you answers.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Connect: Luke 2:41-52

DISCOVER

  • What is the Festival of Lights? What is significant about Jesus missing for 3 days then being found on day 3?
  • How hard would it be for Jesus to submit to sinner parents and also submit to God the Father?

RESPOND

  • What did you struggle with while going through puberty? Do you have a funny story you would be willing to share?
  • What advice would you give to your younger self about the man or woman you wanted to become?
  • From your childhood (or parenting), why is submission to authority so important for spiritual growth and mental health? 
  • Share one area where  your actions are below what your level of maturity should be at your age?

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Connect: Ephesians 6

DISCOVER

  • Why is honoring your mother and father the first commandment with a promise?
  • When a child has a parent who does not obey vs 4, then how should that child honor his/her parents?
  • What is the full armor of God?

 RESPOND

  • How can you show honor to your parents?
  • How can you live daily vs 14-18?

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Connect: 1 Timothy 5

DISCOVER

  • How are we to treat the church elders/leaders? Vs 17
  • In verse 17, it says “double honor”… What does double honor mean? How does that look?

RESPOND

  • Are you treating your church leaders with double honor? Why or why not?
  • How can you treat church leaders better?

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Connect: Matthew 5

Discover:

  • Reread vs 10-12. What does persecuted BECAUSE of righteousness mean?
  • “Because of me” gives Christians what hope in persecution?
  • When being persecuted, what are we supposed to do?

Respond:

  • Have you ever been persecuted for Christ? What happened? How did you react?
  • If you haven’t experienced persecution, take time now to pray for those in other countries, and those in our country who are being persecuted for Jesus.

Q52 Week4

"How Low Can You Go?"

“How low can you go?” Typically this is a question reserved for two occasions that are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Option 1: A limbo line at a skating rink Option 2: When someone crosses you and upsets you. As much fun as option 1 is and as much as I hate option 2. When I ask that question, I am not referring to either of those occasions. The context of the question today is “Does God play favorites?”... (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, JANUARY 24

Connect: Luke 2:1-20

DISCOVER

Read Chapter 4 of  Quest 52

  • Why was Jesus born in Bethlehem?
  • What was announced to the shepherds? 
  • Who did the angel say that Jesus was?

    RESPOND

  • What can we learn from the shepherd’s response to the angel’s announcement?

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25

Connect: Psalm 23

DISCOVER

  • How is God described in verse 1?
  • David assumes trials and suffering in this well known psalm. Despite this, what reassures him? 

    RESPOND

  • Reflect on a time when your faith was tested. Did you respond like David in the 23rd Psalm? Why or why not?
  • What does God do as shepherd that you could do for those you lead?

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26

Connect: John 10

DISCOVER

  • What difference did Jesus describe between a shepherd and a thief?
  • In this illustration, what is represented by the sheep, the shepherd, and the thieves?

    RESPOND

  • David calls God his shepherd in Psalm 23. In today’s passage Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd. Who knows one another in verses 14-15? What point do you think Jesus is making?

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27

Connect: Luke 2:1-20

DISCOVER

  • Into what physical circumstances was Jesus born?
  • Why was it important for Jesus to enter the world in this manner?

RESPOND

  • What kinds of inequity in this world bother you the most?
  • Growing up, were you ever anyone’s favorite? How did that feel?
  • Do you perceive yourself as favored by God? In what way?
  • What gifts has God given you? How will you use those to share God’s grace this week?

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28

Connect: Mathew 23

DISCOVER

  • About whom did Jesus speak throughout most of chapter 23, and to whom was he speaking?
  • What is a “blind guide,” and where else did Jesus use similar language?

 RESPOND

  • Consider some examples of ways people today may be guilty of the kinds of hypocrisy that 23:25-28 describes.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29

Connect: James 4

DISCOVER

  • According to James, from where do quarrels and conflict arise?

RESPOND

  • Why might you lack God’s wisdom today? Is it because you do not believe he can give it to you? Or is it because you ask that you might further your own agenda? Search your heart and ask for God to purify your motives so that you might pray in a manner pleasing to him.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30

Connect: Matthew 5

Discover:

  • Define peace.
  • What does peace look like in your home, at work, in the world?
  • How did Jesus bring peace into this world?

Respond:

  • What will it require of you to make peace in your world today?
  • Making peace is dangerous and hard work. What encouragement do you find in the words of Jesus?

Q52 Week3

"What If I Am Scared?"

Since the day I was born I have wanted to do something that made a difference. I don’t think that’s out of the ordinary, I believe most people want to do something that changes the world or at least one person's world. It’s something that is naturally embedded in our DNA by God. We can’t escape it.    A great example of this is the question, what do you want to be when you grow up?.... (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, JANUARY 17

Connect: Luke 1:26-45

Discover:

Read Chapter 3 of Quest 52

Respond:

  • After reading Chapter 3, what similarities did you see between your situation and Mary’s? Have you answered God’s call?

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

Connect: Isaiah 9

Discover:

  • In what verses do you discover the “Christmas story?”
  • What descriptions of Jesus are found in this prophecy in Isaiah 9?
  • What hope can God’s people have in these verses?
  • Why was the Lord angry against Israel? What did the prophecy say would happen because of these things?
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Respond:

    • How does Jesus fulfilling these prophecies affect your life?
    • Is there anything in your life that you have not repented for? Why or why not?

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19

Connect: Colossians 1

Discover:

  • In verse 15, what image of God comes to mind? What does “firstborn over all creation” mean?
  • After reading verse 16, can you see that Jesus was created and the creator for our world and the spiritual world? How is Jesus the KEY to all things?
  • What does “He is before all things” mean in verse 17? Verse 17 says that in Him all things hold together, what would happen if Jesus did not exist for us? Would there be hope? 
  • What do these verses say about the eternal Christ?

Respond:

  • How is Jesus the KEY in your life?
  • What eternal hope do you have with Christ?

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20

Connect: Luke 1:26-45

Discover:

  • Who are the heroes in your life that led you to a place where you could believe? These could be family members, mentors, or peers.
  • If you were Mary, what would be your greatest concerns about accepting God’s call? What are your greatest concerns about your own calling?
  • What is God calling you to do with your life to bring him glory?
  • What are the obstacles keeping you from your next step in fulfilling God’s plan for you?

Respond:

  • Write down what you think your calling is. Why? What are you doing to pursue this calling?
  • How can you be bold for Christ today? Write down one goal you want to complete for God today.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21

Connect: Hebrews 1

Discover:

  • When reading verse 3, replace the word “Son” with “Sun.” We as mere humans can put Jesus’ role in perspective to our human need for the sun’s light and warmth to sustain life on earth. After reading the verse with the image of the SUN as the radiance of God’s glory and sustaining all things, now read it with SON and feel how much more powerful Christ is vs the sun. We actually need Jesus more than we need the sun!
  • Verse 3 also states that God sustains all things by His Word–If literally all things of this world are sustained by His Words, then how important is it for His creation to know, love, and follow His words on a daily basis? Is this something you strive to do each day?
  • The last part of verse 3 talks about “the Majesty”… who is this referring to? Why do you believe the author chose to use the word Majesty?

Respond:

  • Verse 3 said that Jesus provided purification for sin–this means we have the option to accept his gift; have you accepted his purification gift? Why or why not?
  • If God is the Majesty, how are we to view Him? How respectful are you of God’s majesty?

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22

Connect: Revelation 1

Discover:

  • Reread verse 8, what does Alpha and Omega mean?
  • How can the Lord God be “who is and who was?” vs 8
  • What does God mean when he said, “who is to come?” What should we expect?
  • God refers to Himself as “the Almighty”–why is this important?

Respond:

  • Do you believe verse 8? Why or why not?
  • How can you as a Christ follower be emboldened by verse 8?

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23

Connect: Matthew 5

Discover:

  • Define mercy. Define merciful. If we are to show mercy, then what does this look like in our daily lives?
  • If we don’t show mercy, will God withhold mercy from us?
  • What does pure in heart mean? Vs 8 What does pure in heart look like towards others?

Respond:

  • Is there someone you’re withholding mercy? Why or why not?
  • Are you living a life pure in heart? What sins cause you to stumble towards this goal? Pray God reveals more ways for you to become pure in heart.