Q52 Week 13

Count The Cost

The word influence has really shifted in the past few years hasn’t it? Influence has transformed into the phrase influencer and influencers are the ones who (seemingly) run the world for This Generation. Ask any kid what they want to be and it’s a video gamer, a youtuber, a social media star. Frankly, who can blame them… If I could play video games all day, make dumb videos, and get paid to travel to Greece because I am pretty… Have fun finding a new This Gen Pastor. It’s easy to make fun of this idea of the “influencer” because it doesn’t feel like they bring much to the societal table. That’s not true. They have figured out how the game has been played and they are winning at it. Unfortunately, because they are winning at it, there is a feeling that the rest of us are losing. (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, MARCH 28

Connect: John 4:4-42

DISCOVER:

  • The woman Jesus encountered at the well had questions for Jesus. What were those questions?
  • There was some confusion among the Samaritans over where worship should take place. How did she frame that question for Jesus?
  • What was Jesus’ answer?
  • How was Jesus’ answer prophetic and instructive for people today?

RESPOND

  • This passage offers up some truths about the Trinity. How does this passage inform and instruct how you worship God today?
  • What does it mean, in a real sense, to walk in Spirit and Truth?

TUESDAY, MARCH 29

Connect: 2 Kings 6:24 - 7:20

DISCOVER: 

  • Can you describe the situation in Samaria as depicted in chapter 6 of 2 Kings?
  • How did the state of the land affect the state of people’s hearts and decisions making?
  • What did the band of lepers decide to do? What did they find at the Aramean camp?
  • What was God doing on behalf of the Samarian people? 

REPSOND: 

  • What word did Elisha offer to the King? (see verse 7:1)
  • What hope could be found in Elisha’s words?
  • Have you given up hope in any particular area of your life? Where do you need the Lord to “make a window” in the sky and help you?

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

Connect: Romans 1

Discover: 

  • Reread Romans 1:16–What does it mean not to be ashamed of the gospel?
  • What does it mean to believe in the Gospel?
  • Why does vs 16 say “first to the Jew, THEN to the Gentile?”
  • What does it mean to live by Faith?

Respond: 

  • Have you ever been ashamed of the gospel? Why or why not?
  • Define righteous. How do you strive to live a righteous life?
  • Do you “walk by faith?”

THURSDAY, MARCH 31

Connect: John 4:4-42

Discover: 

  • Why did the Samaritan woman go down to the well at noon? What does this say about who she is?
  • What water is Jesus describing in vs 13-14?
  • What did Jesus mean with vs 35-38?

Respond: 

  • Read vs 15, she says “have to keep coming here to draw water.” She was looking at her circumstance rather than eternal life. How many times do you look at your circumstances rather than seeing what the Lord wants for your life? Is there something in your life keeping you from what God has planned for you?
  • Vs 17, she tries to hide her sin from Jesus… Do you do this? Do you justify sin in your life? Why or why not?

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

Connect: 1 Corinthians 1

Discover: 

  • Read vs 19-20: Who is the wise Paul is referring to? 
  • What does Paul mean by God will make foolish the wise?
  • How is verse 26 encouraging for Christians?

Respond: 

  • How can we grow wise in the Lord?
  • How often do you first run to the Word before consulting another person about an issue? Why should we first talk to God? How can you prioritize the Lord’s Will over the world’s?

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

Connect: 1 Corinthians 3

Discover: 

  • Read vs 18-19–How can we be deceiving ourselves in this world?
  • What standard should we compare ourselves to? 
  • How are we to become wise?
  • Read Job 5:13–what does this mean?

Respond: 

  • Who is the wisest person you know? Why? Would this person be wise by God’s standards? Why or Why not?
  • How can you make sure to spend more time in the Word and in prayer?

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

Connect: Luke 23

Discover: 

  • What charges do they bring before Pilate? What about the accusations is false?
  • As you visualize the scene and the characters, what are the attitudes of the people and soldiers toward Jesus? Contrast the attitudes revealed by the requests of the two criminals. What kinds of deliverance are they seeking?
  • Describe the natural and religious phenomena that accompany Jesus’ death. What are the various reactions of the people to these events? What is the significance of Jesus’ death?

Respond: 

  • In what ways do you try to avoid making decisions? Why? Does it work?
  • In what ways are your decisions a result of your convictions? In what ways are your decisions a result of popular opinion and demand?

Q52 Week 12

Count The Cost

I love the continual challenge that I am receiving from our Quest books through scripture. Every week there are scriptures that punch me in the face and there are quotes that make me sit back and ponder what’s really going on in my life. This week was no exception as there was a scripture and a quote that challenged me to move forward into a deeper understanding of my relationship with God. (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, MARCH 21

Connect: John 3:1-21

DISCOVER:

  • What important group was Nicodemus part of?
  • Why did he visit Jesus by night?

RESPOND:

  • In what way does Nicodemus misunderstand Jesus?
  • What does it mean to be born of water and the spirit?
  • What does the comparison to wind and a born-again believer mean?

TUESDAY, MARCH 22

Connect: 1 Samuel 10 & 13

DISCOVER:

  • Compare the Saul of 1 Samuel chapter 10 with the Saul of 1 Samuel chapter 13. 
  • Are there any hints in chapter 10 that Saul would fail to rise to the challenge of kingship?

RESPOND

  • No situation excuses disobedience. Even in stressful or dangerous times God expects us to follow his commands. Our actions must always be compelled by the Word and not by circumstances. Take time today to pray for believers in Ukraine and all who face trials, that they would prove faithful.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

Connect: Acts 10

DISCOVER:

  • Who was Cornelius? What were he and his family like?
  • What happened while Peter was praying on the roof? What did he see? 
  • What was the message from the voice from Heaven? How did Peter react?
  • Who were “those of the circumcision” (Acts 10:45)? Why were they “astonished”?

RESPOND:

  • Under the old covenant there was a wall of partition between the inner circle of the Jews and the outer circle of the Gentile God-fearers. Now all believers are in the innermost circle, a point made clear to Peter when the Holy Spirit baptized Cornelius and affirmed by Peter when he baptized Cornelius with water. When was the last time you stayed with or invited into your home a Christian from another social class, race or country?

THURSDAY, MARCH 24

Connect: Romans 2

DISCOVER:

  • In Romans 1 Paul expounded on the point of “sin” in the gospel, what is he expounding on here?
  • In the last chapter, we saw that Creation keeps people from having an excuse to avoid God’s judgment. How about this chapter?
  • Where does our conscience come from?

RESPOND:

  • When you think of the term “religious person” , who comes to mind? Can you describe or list the characteristics of this person?
  • What does it mean to be born again? We’re asking about the personal experience, not the theological definition.
  • What keeps people in general, or you specifically from being born again?
  • In what areas of your life have you tried to be a secret disciple? Have you ever been embarrassed about your faith or afraid to share it openly?

FRIDAY, MARCH 25

Connect: John 3:1-21

DISCOVER:

  • What two aspects of the new birth did Jesus identify in? 
  • What gift did God give to the world, and what motivated the gift?
  • Why do some men hate light (truth), but other men love it?

RESPOND:

  • Some people say the “water” in v5 refers to physical birth. How would you respond? How did the subject of physical birth enter this discussion?
  • Does any other command of God require water besides baptism?

SATURDAY, MARCH 26

Connect: James 2

DISCOVER:

  • What does James say is wrong about respect of persons in 2:4?
  • By what law will we be judged?

RESPOND:

  • What other problems that can be caused in relationships between people if some show respect of persons?
  • Define “mercy,” and think about how it relates to respect of persons.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27

Connect: John 19

DISCOVER:

  • What did people say when they saw Jesus? What did Pilate tell them to do?
  • What did the Jews say then that made Pilate afraid?
  • What power did Pilate claim to have over Jesus?

RESPOND:

  • Pilate’s question “what is truth?” also betrays his lack of concern for the facts. Fallen people are willing to bend the truth in order to advance or protect themselves. Christians, however, must not imitate their example. Pray today that you will always love truth and proclaim it even when it is uncomfortable.

Q52 Week 11

The Power of Emotion

When I was younger, I remember having an outrageous anger problem when it came to sports. A good example of this was when I moved to Illinois. The town we lived in didn’t start organized tackle football until 5th grade. So as a 4th grader, it was flag football only for me. I was disappointed at first because where we had just moved from in Missouri, I got to play tackle as a 3rd grader. I had a realization though that flag football meant that this big boy got to play quarterback, no weight limits there! So as a freshly moved 4th grader, whose idol was Peyton Manning, I knew I had the opportunity to prove my mettle and worth through my time running the show. (Continue Reading Here)

MONDAY, MARCH 14

Connect: Luke 7:36-50

DISCOVER:

  • What is significant about the jar of perfume?
  • What is the importance of wiping his feet with her hair?
  • What is the meaning of verse 47’s ending?

RESPOND:

  • After reading the essay, do you need to release some sin or regret you’ve been holding against yourself?
  • Have you been withholding forgiveness from someone? Why or why not?

TUESDAY, MARCH 15

Connect: Exodus 2 and 3

DISCOVER:

  • What is significant about the events surrounding Moses’ rescue as a baby?
  • What miracle happened in verses 3:2-3? From this miracle, what did God ask of Moses?
  • What miracles happened in verses 4:3-7? What should we learn from verses 4:14-17?

RESPOND:

  • Moses was the founder of the Jewish nation, yet he began as a fugitive. What lessons does this hold for you about getting past your past?
  • Moses doubted his abilities. Do you ever doubt your purpose/abilities? Why or why not? What abilities has God gifted you for His kingdom?
  • What motivates you from Moses’ story?

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

Connect: Romans 8

DISCOVER:

  • Read verse 1, what does condemnation mean?
  • How does Christ save someone from condemnation?
  • What is the law of sin and death?

RESPOND:

  • Does your past determine your future? Explain
  • Has Christ set you free? Why or why not?

THURSDAY, MARCH 17

Connect: Luke 7:36-50

DISCOVER:

  • What were the common courtesies a host has to do in that culture?
  • What can we learn about the woman with the alabaster jar from this passage?
  • What was the main idea of the parable of moneylender and debtors?

RESPOND:

  • Who is someone you know who radically turned his life around? Why?
  • Discuss the implications of this statement: sin is not just what you do but also what was done to you.
  • Can you relate to holding on to shame too long? What are the consequences of this?
  • What are some helpful steps to releasing shame? Have others given you words of wisdom that helped you let go of shame?

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

Connect: 1 Timothy 1

DISCOVER:

  • Read verse 15, what does Paul say this is a trustworthy saying?
  • Why does Paul describe himself as “the worst?”
  • From verse 15, what is Jesus’ purpose?

RESPOND:

  • Have you trusted Christ with your life? Why or why not?
  • If you’ve given Christ your heart, is there another aspect of your life that you haven’t committed to Him yet? Relationships? Career? Finances? School? Anger? Grief? Worry? Ego? etc

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

Connect: 1 John 1

DISCOVER:

  • Read verse 9, what does confess mean? Knowing this definition, how should Christians apply this to their relationship with Christ?
  • Knowing that we must confess our sins, we must define what sin is. What is sin? Where can we find this answer? Are Christians ever “exempt” from certain sins? Why or why not?
  • What does purifying us from sin look like?

RESPOND:

  • If Christians are not exempt from any sins, then are there sins you have in your life you feel are “ok” with? What about your secret sins that aren’t exposed? Are these still wrong if no one knows about them? 
  • Do you weigh/compare your sins? Example: Cussing vs Murder. Gluttony vs Adultery. Are Christians to do this? Why? What areas of your life do you need the Lord’s help to purify?

SUNDAY, MARCH 20

Connect: Luke 23

DISCOVER:

  • In Luke 23, metaphorically, who are WE in verse 18? Why?
  • How does Jesus taking Barabbas’ place equal exactly what happened on the cross?
  • Why would the Pharisees choose Barabbas over Jesus?

RESPOND:

  • Read verse 45–Who is now our high priest since the veil was torn?
  • How much does verse 34 mean to you? How can you represent Jesus’ forgiveness and understanding to your family and friends?