This week in Quest, I loved the question from day one: Do you think that Jesus is impressed with you? That question is so amazing because it caused me to reflect on my life, what I have done, and what that means in relation to Jesus. On paper, I have had an “impressive” life journey. I was a kid who didn’t get into too much trouble, I went to Haiti to serve in the mission field twice in high school, I preached my first sermon as a sophomore in high school (it went 7 whole minutes), ended up playing college football, decided to go into ministry, graduated from Bible college got married, bought a house, had a child. Impressive-ish life on paper. As I reflected on it, I felt pretty good. Then reality hit me. (Continue Reading Here)
MONDAY, MAY 16
Connect: Luke 7
- Who called for Jesus and why – 7:1-3?
- What reputation did this man have and why – 7:4,5?
- What was the man’s view of authority?
- What did Jesus say about the man – 7:9? What can we learn?
- What does the event show about the nature and purpose of miracles?
- How does the centurion’s statement express the concept of authority? How should we apply this regarding the authority of God and the Scriptures?
- Church history testifies that the church is healthiest when it is committed to the final authority of Scripture for faith and practice. Moreover, we will please God only to the degree that we affirm biblical authority because if we doubt its authority we will doubt its truth and relevance to our lives. Pray today that the Lord would develop in us and in our congregation a firm commitment to the truth of his word.
TUESDAY, MAY 17
Connect: Genesis 12 and 14
- What command did God give Abram – 12:1?
- What promises did God make to Abram if he would obey – 12:2,3?
- What two offices did Melchizedek hold – 14:18? Why is this significant?
- What blessing did Melchizedek pronounce? What did Abram do for Melchizedek – 14:19,20?
- What New Testament passages refer to the call of Abram? What information do they add?
- What are some of the ways the New Testament says Jesus is like Melchizedek (Hebrews 7). What lessons should we learn?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
Connect: Acts 10
- What man is described beginning in 10:1, where did he live, and what was his occupation?
- What did he see in his vision, and what was he told about his prayers – 10:3,4?
- What instructions did the angel give Cornelius?
- Where was Peter? What were his circumstances when he saw his vision?
- How did Peter respond? What reply did he receive?
- What can we learn regarding relationships between people of different races or nationalities?
- What should we conclude regarding the salvation of Gentiles?
THURSDAY, MAY 19
Connect: Matthew 8 and Luke 7:1-10
- Who came to Jesus at Capernaum, and what request did he make?
- What did Jesus say that He would do, and what did the centurion say to do instead?
- Why did he say Jesus should not come to his house?
- Why did the Centurion say Jesus could heal the servant simply by speaking?
- Think of a story of someone who surprised you in a positive way.
- What does Hebrews 11:1 mean?
- Why do you think outsiders are often clearer about who Jesus is than insiders?
- If you are willing to be vulnerable, what is the area of your life that you really have not trusted Jesus with?
FRIDAY, MAY 20
Connect: Acts 11
- Who confronted Peter, and what did they question him about
- What did the Spirit then tell Peter?
- What can we learn about the importance of hearing the gospel from v14?
- What conclusion did Peter and the other Jews reach
- Summarize the four supernatural events on which Peter based his conclusion.
- Define “necessary inference.” How does the story of Cornelius illustrate this teaching method? How important is the conclusion that was reached by this method, and what would be the consequence if someone rejected the conclusion?
SATURDAY, MAY 21
Connect: Acts 22 and 23
- What was the purpose of Paul’s speech
- What had Paul done that proved his zeal for the law?
- Why would he tell these facts to this audience?
- Before Paul’s conversion and after he was heavily invested in pursuing the approval of God. What was the difference between how he pursued this pre and post conversion?
SUNDAY, MAY 22
Connect: Mark 5
- What problem did the woman have in verse 25? How long had she had it?
- What had she done to deal with the problem, and what was the result?
- What did the woman do to receive healing? Why did she do it?
- How does this story demonstrate the nature of the kind of faith that God blesses? Was this woman’s faith required to act in order to receive the blessing from the Lord or did she receive the blessing by faith without doing anything?
- How does this miracle demonstrate the nature of true miracles? In particular, how does it prove that miracles were impossible by natural law?