Q52 Week 9

Throw Out Your Net

There were several moments in my life where I felt the call of God to go and do something for His kingdom. Each of them were unique in their own ways, each one had a different emotion attached to them, each one had a fear attached to them, each one made me feel alive. There was 7th grade when I was at CIY Believe, the song playing was Fire Fall Down by Hillsong United (still a banger), and for the first time I felt like ministry could be one of the most exciting things I could do. (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Connect: Luke 5:1-11

DISCOVER: 

  • After reading the essay, are you able to put into words what God has called you to do with your life?
  • How did Simon react to Jesus’ request?
  • Why did Simon say “Go away from me?” to Jesus?
  • What did Jesus mean when he said “you will fish for people?”

    RESPOND:

  • How do you react when God’s instructions don’t make sense to you?
  • Are you living for your purposes or for God’s purposes for you?
  • Will you be obedient to God in the small things? If so, how will your life change?

TUESDAY, MARCH 1

Connect: 1 Samuel 3

DISCOVER: 

  • What were Eli and Samuel doing when God called Samuel? Does God still speak to people when they sleep?
  • Why do you think it took Samuel so long to recognise the Lord?
  • Can you summarize, in your own words, what God told Samuel?

    RESPOND:

  • 1 Sam 3 describes God’s call on Samuel’s life. What lessons can you draw from this passage about hearing God’s call on your life?
  • What are the dangers of living in continuous disobedience to God’s will?

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

Connect: 2 Corinthians 5

DISCOVER: 

  • What is the earthly tent Paul refers to in verse 1? Why does Paul call it a tent? How would it be destroyed? What does the eternal house in heaven refer to? What are the differences between the tent and the building from God?
  • What does verse 8 mean?
  • What is the judgment seat of Christ? What will happen there? Will Christians be judged? How can we reconcile this verse with the knowledge that believers in Jesus are forgiven from their sins and that he took our punishment already?

    RESPOND:

  • How does 2 Cor. 5:20 define/describe your calling?
  • How can you apply the statement “we live by faith and not by sight?”
  • What is something you can do to build God’s kingdom this week?

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

Connect: Luke 5:1-11

DISCOVER: 

  • What was unusual about what Jesus asked Peter to do? Why did Jesus tell him to drop his nets in the same place where he had caught nothing?
  • What did Peter do?  What did he drop besides the net? What happened after Peter dropped the nets?
  • What did Peter tell Jesus? How did Jesus respond?

    RESPOND:

  • When you think of a person who is called by God, what or who comes to mind?
  • Share about a time when you think God was speaking to you. Do you think God ever calls and we don’t hear him or we refuse to respond? What would keep a person from hearing God’s voice? 
  • What are some of the mechanisms God could use to speak to us?

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

Connect: 1 Peter 2

DISCOVER: 

  • After reading verses 1-3, What is the “therefore” there for? Based on the previous verses, what is the motivation for putting aside these evil things such as malice and slander? Why do you think Peter uses the comparison of a baby desiring milk? How does verse 3 connect with verse 2?
  • Read verses 4-8: Why is Jesus referred to as a living stone? And how are we living stones? In what way are we priests? What sacrifices can we offer that are pleasing to God? Why does verse 8 say that Jesus is a rock of offense and a stone of stumbling?
  • How are believers described in verse 9? How does that make you feel? How does this challenge you? How should we act based on this verse?

    RESPOND:

  • What motivates people to practice deceit and envy and slander?
  • What are some things that keep us from desiring the Word as we should?
  • What is a cornerstone? Is Christ the cornerstone/foundation of your life? If we want to examine what is the foundation of our life, what could we look at?
  • How does verse 9-10 help determine your calling?

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Connect: Romans 12

DISCOVER: 

  • What does it mean to present our bodies as living sacrifices? How is this worshiping God?
  • What does it mean to be conformed to this world? Why should we not be like the world?
  • Where do our gifts come from? Who has them? Why does the word grace appear here? What is the difference between spiritual gifts and natural talents? What other passages speak of spiritual gifts? What is their purpose? What does this imply about what Christians are to be doing? How does this relate to the first part of Romans, which teaches Christians what we are to know?
  • What is the purpose of weeping with those who weep? What quality does this portray?
  • When is it ok to pay back evil for evil? Verse 17 tells us to do what is right in the eyes of others. Why do we need to do this? Aren’t we supposed to do what is right in God’s sight? Why does vengeance belong to God?

    RESPOND:

  • Are you tempted to try to be like or be popular to those around you in the world? Why? Name one way the world tries to press you into its mold. In what area does the world try to press Christians into its mold? Name a few key issues where the world’s way of doing things is very different from God’s way. Since there is temptation and peer pressure all around us, what is the solution so that we won’t be conformed to the world? How can we renew our minds? What does it mean to prove what the will of God is?
  • What should we do if we try to reconcile or be peaceful with someone else, and they won’t have any part of it?
  • How can we overcome evil with good? Biblical examples?

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

Connect:

DISCOVER: 

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    RESPOND:

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Q52 Week 8

Do The Unexpected

Have you ever been around someone that was truly great? I have been around an incredible amount of gifted people in my time here on Earth and it always shocks me how different they are than the average person. It didn’t matter if it was the 15 year old kid who could play any song on any instrument or the explosive athlete that was better than everybody else on the field or the 55 year old businessman who had complete control of every room they walked into. It’s always fascinating to watch them from afar. (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Connect: Mark 10:32-45

DISCOVER: 

  • How did the disciples feel as they and Jesus were approaching Jerusalem?
  • Why might they have felt this way?
  • How did the other apostles react to the request of James and John?

    RESPOND:

  • What lessons can we learn and what applications can we make from the fact that Jesus knew and predicted all these things ahead of time?
  • What kind of people were considered to be great among the Gentiles? How is that often true also today?

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Connect: Joshua 1

DISCOVER: 

  • How does God describe Moses to Joshua? 
  • How does Joshua describe Moses to the Israelites? 
  • Why is Joshua encouraged to be strong and brave? v.9

    RESPOND:

  • Is there something in your life that has you afraid, or has your heart gone out of it and made you discouraged? Ask God today to both console and restore you with strength.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Connect: 1 Corinthians 9

DISCOVER: 

  • What rights does Paul claim as an apostle of Jesus?
  • Why does he later say he does not claim these rights?

    RESPOND:

  • In his second letter to the Corinthians (chapter 11)  and in his letter to the Galatians (chapter 1) Paul goes to lengths to defend his apostleship as he does in this chapter. In all cases he goes on to explain that his title was not for his benefit but rather for the benefit of those to whom he was preaching. How is Paul reflecting Christ in these chapters?

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Connect: Mark 10:32-45

DISCOVER: 

  • What request did James and John make of Jesus? 
  • What was the significance of the request?
  • How did Jesus respond to them?

    RESPOND:

  • Who is the best leader you’ve ever worked with? Why?
  • What have you learned about servant leadership from secular sources? 
  • Think of a time when you practiced servant leadership. What was the result?
  • Where do you find it most difficult to serve humbly? Why do you think it is hard for you to serve those people or in those ways?

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Connect: 2 Corinthians 4

DISCOVER: 

  • In what ways does Paul emphasize humility in this chapter?
  • Why is humility important for a servant leader?

    RESPOND:

  • Humility and weakness would be unbearable if our purpose were to make ourselves great. Paul call himself “your slave for Jesus sake”. Chrisitan service requires us to sacrifice the privilege of taking care of ourselves before taking care of others. Pray about how you can live this out in your own life.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Connect: 1 Peter 5

DISCOVER: 

  • In what manner does Peter instruct elders to care for the church?
  • How is the church to respond to the elder’s leadership?
  • What common command does Peter give to elders and to those under their care?

    RESPOND:

  • Those in leadership must always remember that their people belong to God and should be dealt with just as God deals with all his people – gently and lovingly. Likewise those in the church should submit in loving humility to the care of their elders. Pray for your pastors today and for a heart that lovingly submits​​ to their leadership.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Connect: Matthew 6

DISCOVER: 

  • How did Jesus say hypocrites prayed? What was wrong with this?
  • Where did Jesus say we should go to pray? 
  • What are the advantages of private prayer? 

    RESPOND:

  • In 6:9 Jesus said for us to pray “in this manner,” then verses 9-13 record a prayer. What does it mean to pray in this manner?
  • If we pray for God’s will to be done on earth, what lessons should we learn? What changes would need to take place for this to come true?

Q52 Week 7

"What are you going to do with your life?"

As a This Gen Pastor, I have always found this question to be one of the most challenging questions to be asked. Many times the context is an aunt, uncle, grandparent, or a family friend that smells like potpourri asks this question at some big family event like a Graduation party, Thanksgiving, or around Christmas time. Regardless of the social situation… it’s a question that strikes fear into the heart of any This Gen individual who hears it. (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Connect: Luke 19:1-10

DISCOVER

  • Read chapter 7 of Quest 52

    RESPOND:

  • As you read the essay, did anyone specific come to mind who in some way is like Zacchaeus in your life?

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Connect: Ecclesiastes 5, 6

DISCOVER

  • Read 5:8-6:12 from Zacchaeus’ perspective. How would he interpret these verses?
  • What does the Lord want us to learn from verse 5:10?
  • What is the meaning of verse 5:17?

    RESPOND:

  • What is your relationship with money? Why?
  • 6:1-12 talks about other situations that are meaningless. Self reflect over these verses. Are you participating in anything meaningless according to these verses? Why or why not?

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Connect: Romans 1

Discover: 

  • Vs. 16–Paul says he was not ashamed of the gospel. For him to mention this means that he realizes that it is possible to be ashamed. He knew those reading his letter were facing ridicule for their belief in this crucified Christ. Knowing it’s possible to be ashamed of the gospel, do you ever find yourself ashamed of living the life of Christ?
  • In vs 16, Paul says Jesus is for the Jew and the Gentile, what does this mean in terms of race and ethnicity? How should this truth impact the ministry of a local church in regards to missions, both local and foreign?

    Respond:

  • How can we increase our love for the gospel of Christ?
  • Have you experienced the gospel’s saving power in your life? Explain.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Connect: Luke 19:1-10

DISCOVER: 

  • Read Luke 19:1-10. Now put this story in your life, your friends, your daily routine. Would you attend Zaccheaus’ house party? Really think about this. His reputation, his betrayals, etc. Would you attend? Why or why not?
  • How are we to treat people who turn their lives over to Christ?

    RESPOND:

  • Share a story of someone you know whose life was radically different after he/she met Jesus?
  • Why do you think we’re so uncomfortable with people who are different from us, particularly if they’re wealthy or famous?
  • What could your church do to reach out to those we assume would not be interested in Jesus?
  • Who in your circle might you be able to influence to follow Jesus?

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Connect: 2 Timothy 1

DISCOVER: 

  • What does it mean to be “ashamed of our Lord” and “of me His prisoner?  (1:8)” Why might Timothy be ashamed of those that he loves the most?
  • What might the “therefore” in verse 8 refer to that might cause Timothy to be ashamed (1:5-7)?

    RESPOND:

  • What is the difference or similarities between timidity and low self-esteem? Timidity is not from God (2 Timothy 1:7) and therefore its presence reveals some areas of your life not sufficiently protected by biblical truth. This hinders you from completing God’s work for your life. List your timidities and connect them to how they might hinder you from what God wants.
  • How might we find strength from what the Spirit of God gives us?

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Connect: 1 Peter 3

DISCOVER: 

  • What does it mean to “always be prepared to give an answer” in verse 15?
  • How are Christians to respond with giving hope? 
  • How is suffering for doing good different than suffering for doing evil? What kind of suffering does God promise to bless?

    RESPOND:

  • Peter’s challenge to Christians is to live godly lives in the face of persecution that will lead to suffering. It is important for us to be people who are committed to becoming mature in our faith even when our faith may result in suffering for the sake of Christ. How are you devoting yourself to become mature in Faith?
  • Live your life this week in a way that causes people to ask why you are filled with hope. How can you go out of your way to do this?  When they ask, be willing to tell people about the hope of Christ that is alive in your life.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Connect: Matthew 5

Discover:

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Respond:

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