MONDAY, MAY 30

Connect: Mark 5

DISCOVER

  • When Jesus heard about Lazarus’ problem, what did He say about it and what did He do about it?
  • How did Jesus describe Lazarus’ problem in 11:11, what did He mean, and how did the disciples respond?
  • How long had Lazarus been dead when Jesus arrived? 
  • What did Jesus say to Lazarus, and what happened as a result?

RESPOND

  • To clear up any misunderstanding on the disciple’s part, Jesus tells the disciples that Lazarus died and that his death, while evil in itself, will be used to bring about good for the disciples. Lazarus’ death, Jesus says, will provide an opportunity for the disciples to grow in their faith. This helps us to see one of the purposes that our Creator has for allowing us to experience grief and suffering. Pain, while in itself is not a good thing, is a means through which the Lord works for the final good of our redemption. John Calvin comments, “When God permits us to be overwhelmed with distresses, and to languish long under them, let us know that, in this manner, he promotes our salvation.”

TUESDAY, MAY 31

Connect: 1 Kings 17 and 2 Kings 4

DISCOVER

  • Read 1 Kings 17:8-24 and 2 Kings 4:18-37 and reflect on yesterday’s passage in John 11.

RESPOND

  • What similarities do you see between the Old Testament stories of Elijah and Elisha raising the dead and the story of Jesus raising Lazarus?
  • What did​ these miracles confirm about Elijah, Elisha, and Jesus?

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

Connect: 1 Corinthians 6

DISCOVER

  • In what sense are our bodies members of Christ?
  • What passage is quoted in 6:16, and what does it teach?
  • What relationship do we have with the Lord according to 6:17?
  • What is the connection between the Holy Spirit and the body?

RESPOND

  • It seems the Corinthians made a radical distinction between the soul and the body, saying that since God would destroy the body they could do what they wanted with their physical bodies without harming the soul. Freedom from the law entails freedom from its condemnation, not freedom from any obligation to keep God’s commandments. Paul’s answers the Corinthians by noting that if we think we may do whatever our fallen hearts desire, we will do things that are not helpful to others, and we will end up enslaved to what we sinfully pursue. Paul does not let the Corinthians off with their convenient conclusion. What we do with our bodies matters, and God’s commandments direct us in how we behave in this life. 

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

Connect: John 11

DISCOVER

  • How did Jesus describe Lazarus’ problem in 11:11, what did he mean, and how did the disciples respond?

RESPOND

  • Do you think most people are afraid to die? How can you tell?
  • Have you noticed a difference between Christian funerals and those of non-believers?
  • Why does death feel so unnatural to us? What can you do to live without the fear of death?
  • What areas of your life right now could use a bit more life? How could Jesus speak life into that area?

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

Connect: 1 Corinthians 15

DISCOVER

  • What are the basic facts of the gospel according to 15:3-5?
  • What did some Corinthians say about the resurrection?
  • In what sense do all die in Adam and are made alive in Christ?

RESPOND

  • Job voiced the question that occupies the minds of all men: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14) 1 Corinthians 12 is the apostolic response to the question of life beyond the grave. Paul places the resurrection of Christ front and center as evidence for life after death. Christ has risen, he argues, and we shall too. It is normal to fear death. If you struggle with this fear, remind yourself that Christ’s resurrection is the heart of your faith. He said he would not stay dead, and he did not. Reflect on his promises for believers in the next life.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Connect: 2 Corinthians 4

DISCOVER

  • What is the relationship between affliction and glory? (4:17)
  • What is the significance of each of these words/phrases in v17: “light,” “for the moment,” “eternal weight”?
  • What are the things that are “seen” and the things that are “not seen” – 4:18? 
  • What difference does Paul describe between the two?

RESPOND

  • How much worth do you ascribe to the Lord? We are apt to spend a great deal of time thinking about and working for that which we value highly, so the amount of time we dedicate to thinking about God’s glory and talking to others about it can be an indicator of how worthy we find him. Let’s seek to give glory to God and help others understand his infinite worth.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Connect: Mark 2

DISCOVER

  • Reflect on the illustration that Jesus uses in 2:21 about new cloth on an old garment. What is the significance?

RESPOND

  • R.C. Sproul mentions in his commentary on Mark that Jesus “was warning them that their King had come, and they would not be able to deal with this King unless they got rid of the structures that made it impossible for them to receive him.” If our non-biblically mandated traditions are ends in themselves, they will keep us from seeing Jesus. Such things may themselves be fine, but if we make them unalterable, we will never be reformed according to God’s Word.
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