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.

Q52 Week2

"Your Story is Not Insignificant"

When I first opened up Quest this week, I was incredibly excited as last week was so refreshing and impactful. I couldn’t wait to see what God was going to communicate to me through His word and Mark’s writing. My coffee was ready to go, I had been awake for an hour so I wouldn’t fall asleep again, and the sun was rising. It was going to be the perfect morning. And then I saw that we were going to be reading a Genealogy.... (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, JANUARY 10

Connect: Matthew 1:1-17

Discover:

Read Chapter 2 of Quest 52

Respond:

  • After reading Chapter 2, consider the question: How would you like God to describe YOUR contribution to the story of salvation? In other words, what would you like to contribute to (assist with) the story of God’s salvation?

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11

Connect: Joshua 2 & 6

Discover:

  • Read the story of Rahab of Jericho.
  • What are some similarities between Rahab’s life and yours?
  • In what way(s) does God redefine the story of Rahab?
  • What did Rahab see in the God of Israel that her neighbors did not see?

Respond:

  • Where are you living behind enemy lines?
  • How can you partner with what God is doing in your own city today?

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12

Connect: Hebrews 11

Discover:

  • This chapter is often called the “Hall of Faith.” What does this chapter teach us about the role of faith in our life and legacy?

Respond:

  • What was it about Rahab that made her such a model of faith?
  • Relate that to Galatians 4:4.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13

Connect: Matthew 1:1-17

Discover:

  • Reflect on your family history. Where did your family come from? Was there anyone famous or infamous in your extended family?
  • What strengths and weaknesses did you inherit from your father and mother?
  • What verse would you like God to write about your contribution to the story of salvation?
  • What barriers might keep you from fulfilling that verse? What resources or skills will you need to acquire or develop to fulfill your verse?

Respond:

  • What habits do you want your children to learn from you? 
  • What current habits do you not want them to learn from you?
  • Begin today building those habits you want your children to emulate and breaking those that you do not want them to learn.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14

Connect: Galatians 4

Discover:

  • What can be learned about Jesus from Galatians 4?
  • What has God accomplished through Jesus?

Respond:

  • In what ways have you transitioned from being a “slave” to a child of God?
  • What does it mean to you when you are called an “heir” with Christ? (see 4:7)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15

Connect: James 2

Discover:

  • In light of James 2, what is your own definition of faith?
  • How do faith and works co-exist or pair together?

Respond:

  • What traits or habits in your life would be incriminating evidence if you were put on trial for being a follower of Jesus?

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16

Connect: Matthew 5

Discover:

  • Read the Beatitudes section of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12).
  • What does it mean to be humble?
  • What does it mean to hunger and thirst for justice?

Respond:

  • Spend some time, un-hurried and quiet before the Lord today. Sit at His feet and enjoy the presence of the Lord.

Q52 Week1

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DAY ONE

MONDAY, JANUARY 3

Connect: John 1:1-18

Discover:

Read Chapter 1 of Quest 52 (pages 1-7)

Respond:

  • After reading chapter 1 of Quest 52, consider this question: What is the most important thing you know about God because of Jesus?

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4

Connect: Psalm 2 & 110

Discover:

  • Where do you see Jesus in Psalm 2?
  • Where do you see Jesus in Psalm 110?

Respond:

  • The Psalmist tells us to seek the Lord. What would that require of you today?
  • How can you take refuge in the Lord? What would that mean to you?

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5

Connect: Romans 9

Discover:

  • Take a look at verse 5. How is Jesus connected to the ancestry of the Israelites? What else is claimed about Jesus in that verse?
  • Look at verse 30. How did (do) the Gentiles (non-Jews) attain salvation from the Messiah? What is meant here by faith?

Respond:

  • Write out a prayer (three or four sentences) thanking God for Jesus.
  • Be sure to describe who Jesus is in light of the passage you have read today.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6

Connect: John 1:1-18

Discover:

  • What would it take to convince you that your brother (or coworker) is God’s son?
  • Other than Jesus, what resources do we have to know who God is?
  • What might you believe about God if you knew nothing of Jesus?
  • What do you believe about God because you have seen Jesus?

Respond:

  • Want to memorize a short verse of scripture? Try to memorize John 1:1.
  • Say it out loud. Go quote that scripture out loud to someone today.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7

Connect: Hebrews 1

Discover:

  • What can be learned about Jesus from Hebrews 1?
  • What has God accomplished through Jesus? What honor is bestowed to Jesus by our Father in Heaven?

Respond:

  • How can you give Jesus a seat of honor in your life? What would that look like?
  • Are there any areas of your life that you could place under the foot (authority) of Jesus?

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8

Connect: Titus 2

Discover:

  • According to Titus, who does God offer salvation? (verse 11)
  • What else is the Apostle Paul teaching Titus in this chapter? How is he pointing Titus to Jesus?

Respond:

  • Titus is much like a coaching letter from Paul to Titus. How can you read this chapter as someone who needs encouragement from a coach?
  • How can you offer encouragement and help to someone today? In other words how can you use this passage to “coach up” someone in your life?

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9

Connect: Matthew 5

Discover:

  • In light of Jesus’ teaching, what does it mean to be “blessed?”
  • How does this differ from the world’s definition of blessing?
  • Consider the setting and audience of Jesus’ day (first-century Palestine, occupied by a foreign government). How do you think his audience would have perceived his teaching in light of their circumstances?
  • How should we perceive his teachings in light of our modern-day circumstances?

Respond:

  • How can you apply the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) to your daily life?
  • What part of Jesus’ teaching will be easy for you?
  • What parts will be difficult for you to “walk out?”