Q52 Week 39

Learn From Your Past

Have you ever done something and thought to yourself - “Boy that was a bad decision.” Unfortunately, I have had many moments like that.

MONDAY, September 26

Connect: Luke 10

Discover:

  • Where is God calling you to go and what is God calling you to do?
  • What are the necessities of your life? 
  • What is the most important commandment?
  • How do you be a good neighbor where you live? 

Respond:

  • Do you have the right priorities to minimize worry in your life? 
  • What do you need to reprioritize?
  • Jesus said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen.” What is something that you that you have seen recently that you can be thankful for?
  • What has been distracting you and causing you worry recently?

TUESDAY, September 27

Connect: Psalm 37

Discover:

  • What are you worrying about right now?
  • Re-read Psalm 37, Underline each verse that speaks to your present situation.
  • When you worry, what are you typical reactions? How does that positively or negatively affect your situation? 
  • How can you put your hope in the Lord today?

Respond:

  • We have talked about pausing and being present in our current series, The Unhurried life, this is a time to practice that. Take 5 minutes and just be “still in the presence of the Lord” Scripture says trust him, and he will help you. 
  • Write down what God spoke to you during that time.

WEDNESDAY, September 28

Connect: Philippians 4

Discover:

  • What is the value of prayer? How would you describe your prayer life? 
  • Many people misunderstand the verse Philippians 4:13, here is some insight on it. From Got Questions: “Finally, Philippians 4:13 is part of a larger passage that addresses Christ’s ability to meet our needs. Christ can give contentment during times of plenty and of poverty. He can help us do all things through His strength. In Paul’s case, it was the strength to serve as a missionary despite facing intense suffering. In our lives, this same strength is available. Whether we serve in another country or help someone in our own community, Christ’s power can enable us to stand firm on His promises and endure the most difficult of life’s challenges.”
  • How does prayer fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable?

Respond:

  • What is something that you have needed to pray about, but haven’t?
  • Think about Philippians 4:6 and take time to memorize it. Then pray. 
  • Remember Mark Moore’s words, “When we thank God for all he’s done for us, we’re reminded of his meticulous care for us. That’s the secret to a worry-free life.”

THURSDAY, September 29

Connect: Matthew 6

Discover:

  • Jesus gives us the ultimate example of how to pray. Have you ever prayed this prayer? Why do you think it is a great example of how we should pray?
  • Do you believe that a lack of forgiveness leads to worry and anxiety? Why? Why not?
  • What are the treasures that you are currently storing up? 

Respond:

  • What master are you trying to serve right now? How is that causing worry? 
  • Walter Adams once said, “To walk with Jesus is to walk with a slow, unhurried pace. Hurry is the death of prayer and only impedes and spoils our work. It never advances it.”
  • How do you find that to be true in your current life?

FRIDAY, September 30

Connect: Psalm 40

Discover:

  • Why do you think God asks for us to be patient?
  • How have you seen the Lords unfailing love in your life?
  • Are you trying to hide your sins or are you asking the lord to rescue you from your sins? 
  • Why should asking for rescue be a great thing not a worrisome thing?

Respond:

  • When is a time that you have done the Lord’s will and what was the joy of it? 
  • What is something that the Lord has called you to do recently? What would the joy of it be?
  • How can you search for the Lord today?

SATURDAY, October 1

Connect: Psalm 41

Discover:

  • Dave Ramsey says, ““Giving is the antidote for selfishness. It’s the hallmark character quality of those who win with money.” How does that apply to not just money, b ut all of life? Verses 1-3

  • Do you worry about gossip about you? How can you counteract that worry with truth from scripture? 

  • What can we do to please the lord?

Respond:

  • What’s a situation that you have seen the Lord deliver you from? 

  • How can you have an attitude of praise today?

SUNDAY, September 25

Connect: Philippians 4

Discover:

  • How has your prayer time been this week? 
  • Evaluate if you have been living out Philippians 4:6. 
  • Is prayer hard or easy for you? Why do you think that is?

Respond:

  • Max Lucado says “Anxiety is a meteor shower of ‘what-ifs’.” We counteract that through prayer. 
  • Write out a prayer today using these three elements. 
  • Ask God for help. 
  • Give God Thanks. 
  • Say Wow God.

Q52 Week 38

Learn From Your Past

Have you ever done something and thought to yourself - “Boy that was a bad decision.” Unfortunately, I have had many moments like that.

MONDAY, September 19

Connect: Matthew 16

Discover:

  • What did Jesus ask the disciples, and what answer did they give – 16:14,15?
  • What question did Jesus ask next, and what answer did Peter give – 16:15,16?
  • From what source did Peter learn the proper answer – 16:17?

Respond:

  • There is no more important question than the one Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”. No question has been more hotly debated, completely and partially misunderstood, ignored to one’s peril, and answered correctly to one’s great gain. The correct answer to that question is, in some respects, simple enough for a child to be saved, but also complex enough to keep theologians busy for all eternity. There are many “Jesus’” that are presented to us. Islam has a Jesus. Mormonism has a Jesus. Popular culture has a Jesus. None of them, however, have the power to save. Only the Jesus of the Bible, the only begotten Son of the living God, can save you.  If eternal life is to know Jesus Christ, we cannot afford to be ignorant about who he is.

TUESDAY, September 20

Connect: 1 Kings 12

Discover:

  • What was Jeroboam concerned about – 12:26-27?
  • What was his answer to this concern – 12:28-29?
  • What was the result of his actions?

Respond:

  • Jeroboam had a legitimate concern, but he went about addressing it in the wrong way. In all this, however, Jeroboam should not have feared the loss of his throne. God had promised to establish his kingdom if he obeyed the Lord. Instead he sought to maintain control his way, leading to the eventual loss of the northern kingdom. Augustine wrote “for all that, King Jeroboam of Israel, who had proof that God was true, when he got the kingdom God had promised, was so warped in mind as not to believe in him.” When we choose to not believe the promises of God through his prophets, disaster will always ensue. Today, we hear from the prophets and apostles in Scripture, and we must believe the promises in order to remain faithful.

WEDNESDAY, September 21

Connect: 2 Corinthians 4

DISCOVER

  • In 4:7, what is the treasure, and what are the earthen vessels?
  • Is the power of the gospel in the message or in the messenger?
  • In what sense did Paul bear or manifest the dying and the life of Jesus?

RESPOND

  • God told Paul that he wanted to keep him weak because “My power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor 12:9). Paul’s weakness and suffering kept him dependent on God, and became a channel for God’s grace to others. Jesus asked that the cup of suffering pass him by. We are never to seek suffering, but when it comes could it be that God is allowing us to take someone else’s pain, that they may have the strength to serve? Such a thought comforted Paul; it may comfort us as well.

THURSDAY, September 22

Connect: Galatians 2

Discover:

  • Why did Paul go to Jerusalem? 
  • What did he do there? 
  • What opposition did Paul run into there? 
  • What do we know about Titus?
  • How does taking personal responsibility for your actions help not only in the process of forgiveness, but also in your spiritual growth?

Respond:

  • Did you come to faith through a process or a crisis (or both)?
  • What is the difference between believing in Jesus as Lord and believing in him as Savior? Can you really do one without the other?
  • In what ways do you think the church has misunderstood or misrepresented Jesus’ true identity?
  • How is it that Christians taking up their crosses leads to salvation for society? Can you think of an example of how that works?

FRIDAY, September 23

Connect: Galatians 3

Discover:

  • What purpose did the law serve – 3:22? Was it given to save men from sin?
  • What was man’s condition under the law – 3:23?
  • What conclusion should we reach about our relationship to the Old Law – 3:25?

Respond:

  • According to Paul, Christians who go back to a life defined by the Mosaic law, not Christ alone, are spiritually speaking, like adults who revert to childhood. Continuing his teaching on the place of the Law in the history of redemption, Paul says that God’s people were imprisoned under the Law “before faith came (v. 23-24). Until that point the Law served as a guardian, or nanny. Paul’s main point in Galatians 3:23-26 is to explain the Law’s role in redemptive history. Whether the truths about our creator are revealed to us in creation or the commandments, we must all come to the point where we see our failure to live up to God’s standards and cast ourselves wholly on Christ.

SATURDAY, September 24

Connect: Galatians 4

Discover:

  • Guardians and stewards (4:2) remind you of what idea in chap. 3? 
  • What is the connection between chap. 3 and 4:1-7.
  • What are the “elements of the world” – 4:3
  • What was our relationship to them?

Respond:

  • In order to redeem those who are under the Law and grant them the adoption of sons, Paul describes the Savior’s coming in “the fullness of time.” Jesus’ work is the pivotal moment in history; it marks the day when His Father officially adopted His people as His heirs (vv. 1–2). The ease of communication and travel in the Roman Empire during the first century AD contributed to the quick spread of Christianity, according to several commentators. We can recognize God’s providential planning of history through the eyes of faith in order for His Son to bring salvation to the world and spread the gospel. Jesus was “born of a woman,” referring to His whole humanity, even though He is fully God. John Calvin tells us, that “Christ chose to become liable to keep the law, that exemption from it might be obtained for us.” On our behalf Jesus fulfilled the righteous requirement of the Law that we might share with Him the rights and privileges as children of God.

SUNDAY, September 25

Connect: Philippians 3

Discover:

  • What did Paul say that he had not yet achieved – 3:12,13?

  • Toward what did Paul press – 3:14? 

  • What is this goal or prize?

  • How should Paul’s instructions affect our conduct and our thinking – verse 16?

Respond:

  • Philippians 3:12-16 calls us to forget what is behind and to press on towards the goal. Paul knew his reward was sure in Christ but he also knew that he would receive it only by pressing forward, working out his salvation with fear and trembling just as Christ was working in him. Our justification (our right standing before God) only comes to us by grace through faith. Our sanctification (growth in holiness), however, is a cooperative effort between us and God. He makes our victory certain in Christ, but we only know that it is ours if we press on away from sin and toward Jesus.

Q52 Week 37

Learn From Your Past

Have you ever done something and thought to yourself - “Boy that was a bad decision.” Unfortunately, I have had many moments like that.

MONDAY, September 12

Connect: Mark 7

Discover:

  • Why did Jesus consistently challenge the way things were done like in verse 6? 
  • Why was it a big deal for Jesus to cast the demon out of the gentile’s daughter? What was the cultural significance of that moment and how does that pair with the previous story of Jesus talking about food ceremonies?
  • How have you seen an attitude of “this is the way things are done” hurt people’s ability to find Jesus? 

Respond:

  • What do you do to signal to others you are a good Christian?
  • What in your heart defiles you? How does that show itself in your daily walk? How do you try to cover that up?
  • People said again and again about Jesus, “Everything he does is wonderful.” What are some wonderful things that Jesus is doing in your life today?

TUESDAY, September 13

Connect: Isaiah 58

Discover:

  • What are the practices that Israel did for show? Do you find yourself doing those things?
  • How does Isaiah 58 answer the question, “What makes you a good person?”
  • Why do you think we fall into the trap of doing these things for our own good?
  • List out the things that God calls Israel to do in response to the selfish attitude they have.

Respond:

  • How can you be the light that shines out in the darkness?
  • Refer back to the List that God calls Israel to do. Pick one or two of those things and write how you can accomplish those things this week. 
  • What is a Sabbath? Have you practiced it? What will the result of the Sabbath be in regards to the scripture? Find a day this week to practice Sabbath.

WEDNESDAY, September 14

Connect: Acts 15

Discover:

  • What was the role of circumcision in the history of faith? Why would this be a tension point of conversion?
  • How are people saved? 15:11 
  • How do people make it difficult for other people to be saved?
  • How do you think the gentiles responded to letter that was delivered by Paul, Barnabas, Judas, and Silas? 

Respond:

  • How could Acts 15:20 apply to your life? 
  • What can we learn on the subject of unity and problem solving from this section of scripture? Both positive and negative given the Paul and Barnabas disagreement? 
  • What are your thoughts of someone who you know that has converted to Christianity that you need to get rid of?
  • Consider your background, what does it mean to you that God would save someone with your past?

THURSDAY, September 15

Connect: Romans 14

Discover:

  • What is the risk of arguing with another believer about specific beliefs?
  • How do you find the balance between pointless squabbles and biblical truth? 
  • How do you help someone discover biblical truth without the pain of criticism?
  • What does living with the goodness of God look like? 14:17-19

Respond:

  • Have you ever been in a situation where what you do might cause someone else to stumble? How do you appropriately handle this situation?
  • What have you been convicted of recently? What was your response to the conviction?
  • How do you keep yourself accountable? Who is someone in your life that you can go to for wisdom on biblical truth, conviction, and what to do?

FRIDAY, September 16

Connect: 1 Corinthian's 8

Discover:

  • What strengthens the church? How do we practice that love? 
  • Why does knowledge make people feel important? What is the danger of believing you have all of the answers? Why does that mean we don’t know very much?
  • Why was the subject of food so important to the early church?
  • What are some misconceptions about faith the people you are connected to have?

Respond:

  • Paul says, “There may be so-called gods both in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship many gods and many lords” What are gods and lords of culture today? Which ones cause you to stumble?
  • Do you feel like you are really knowledgeable about scripture? Why or why not? How do you humbly approach God’s word?
  • What does verse 6 mean to you? How has it effected your life?

SATURDAY, September 17

Connect: Isaiah 59

DISCOVER

  • What would the Lord do for the servant? 
  • What would the servant do for others? 
  • What blessings would people receive through Him?
  • What complaint would the people raise?
  • How would God answer this complaint?

 

RESPOND:

  • If you want proof of God’s love for you, then look at the hands of Jesus. If you believe in Jesus and have trusted in his substitutionary death on the cross for your salvation, then he has engraved you on the palms of his hands. Jesus will wear the wounds from the cross for all eternity. Isaiah 53:5 tells us “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” If you are ever wondering if God really loves you, then consider the pierced hands of Jesus; consider his death on the cross for you personally.

SUNDAY, September 18

Connect: Philippians 3

DISCOVER

  • Where should we learn the proper attitude that Paul is encouraging – 2:5?
  • What position did Jesus have from eternity – 2:6? 
  • In what way did Jesus demonstrate humility according to 2:7,8? 
  • What position has Jesus been given because of what He did – 2:9?
  • What honor will men give Jesus for what He has done – 2:10,11?

 

RESPOND:

  • At age 86, Polycarp, the second-century pastor of the church at Smyrna and disciple of the Apostle John, was brought before the Roman authorities to confess that Caesar is lord. Though doing so would have saved his life, Polycard refused and was murdered, inspiring others to remain faithful. Early Christans like Polycarp were murdered because they refuesed to confess Caesar is lord. They knew that Jesus alone is divine and would have no one usurp his status. These Chrisitans knew the New Testament is not merely being polite when it calls Jesus Lord; rather it is teaching that Jesus is God Almighty. Idols of sex, money, power, prestige, and so on can become lords if we are not careful. Let us, therefore, always confess that Jesus Christ alone is Lord.