Wednesday Night Bible Study – Latest Podcasts

Wednesday Night Bible Study – Latest Podcasts

Get caught up with our last three Wednesday night discussions here:

Wednesday Bible Study – 3/22/17 – Parables of God’s Kingdom (Matthew 13 & 22)

Wednesday Bible Study – 3/8/17 – Parables of Luke 15

Wednesday Bible Study – 2/22/17  Exodus: The Golden Calf (Ex. 32)

Wednesday Bible Study – 2/15/17 – Exodus: The Red Sea (Ex. 14):

 

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Week 4 Small Group Questions- Forrest

  1. Jacob’s son Joseph is sold into slavery by his older brothers. It’s an incredibly cruel act, and we’d expect Joseph to be bitter and angry towards them, even years later. Genesis 45:5, however, paints a different picture. Here we learn that God has taken an act of evil and cruelty and redeemed it- meaning he took something that was intended for evil, and created something good out of it. How have you seen God’s redeeming work in your own life?

 

  1. Most people are familiar with the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. However, most people aren’t familiar with a similar story that takes place shortly afterward, in which he feeds another crowd- 4,000 people this time- with seven loaves of bread and an unspecified number of fish. It’s no less miraculous, but we simply pay less attention to that story. Think about all the Biblical stories you’ve read so far this year- which ones had you never heard or read before?

 

  1. There’s a weird moment in Matthew 15:22-28. A Canaanite woman approaches Jesus and asks for him to heal her daughter, and he ignores her! She follows him begging, and Jesus, clearly annoyed, tells her that he won’t help her because she isn’t an Israelite.  Eventually, she convinces him to heal her daughter. Why did it matter to Jesus that she wasn’t an Israelite?

 

  1. In Exodus 3:14, when Moses asks God what His name is, God responds by saying “I am who I am”. Why do you think God describes himself this way?

 

  1. In Matthew 18:1-5, Jesus tells his disciples that unless they become like children, they will never enter the kingdom of heaven, but he never describes what he means when he tells them to become like children. What do you think he meant?

Small Group Questions Week 3- Forrest

  1. Monday’s Old Testament reading (Genesis 32:13-34:31) tells the story of Jacob wrestling with God. Jacob’s wrestling is portrayed as a literal, physical struggle, but it’s clear he’s also struggling to follow God’s instruction to return to his homeland, where he’ll have to deal with his estranged brother. Not many of us have the luxury of getting to work out our problems with God in a physical wrestling match. When you find yourself struggling to do what God wants you to do, how do you work that struggle out? Do you pray, read scripture, seek advice from friends or spiritual leaders, etc?

 

  1. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Yet, in other places, he tells people that following him is difficult (Matthew 10:22, 16:24). History is full of stories of persecuted and executed Christians. Today, many Christians can tell you that following Christ faithfully is incredibly hard and, at times, painful. So then, what do you think Jesus meant when he said “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”?

 

  1. Genesis 35 tells the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his older brothers after he obnoxiously tells them of his dreams, which involve images of the older brothers bowing down to him. Ironically, selling him into slavery kicks off a chain of events that leads to Joseph’s dreams coming true, but it certainly didn’t happen the way he expected it to.  A common theme throughout the Old Testament is that God always takes us where we need to go, but the journey is rarely what we expect it to be (just wait until Exodus!). Where do you think God is leading you now, and how has the journey been unexpected?

 

  1. By now, you’ve read a lot of the book of Genesis. There are some disturbing and hard to understand stories in this book- like much of the Old Testament, God sometimes seems unfair and angry in Genesis. Where have you seen God’s grace, compassion, and love in Genesis so far?

 

  1. In Matthew 13:24-46 Jesus tells several parables about the kingdom of Heaven. Two of those parables are simple, straightforward stories comparing the kingdom of heaven to a great treasure, something worth more than anything else we could possibly have. One of them, however, is a story about righteous and unrighteous people, and how God will deal with the unrighteous vs how He will deal with the righteous. What do you think about that parable? Is it disturbing or concerning to you? Where do you see the grace of God in that story?

Small Group Questions Week 2- Forrest

  1. In Genesis 22, God commands Abraham to take his only son, Isaac, and sacrifice him to God.
    1. Why do you think God tells Abraham to do this?
    2. Isaac wasn’t just Abraham’s only son- he was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham that he would be the “father of a multitude of nations”. Isaac represented everything good that God has promised to give Abraham if Abraham kept his covenant with God. What’s your “Isaac”? What, or who, in your life represents a special gift from God? What would happen if God asked you to sacrifice that?

 

  1. The Old Testament readings this week tell the story of Abraham, his children, and his grandchildren. It’s the story of the beginning of the Jewish people- the beginning of God’s people.  The Gospel readings begin in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6), and continue with Jesus performing miracles and teaching and preaching things that often contradict the common religious wisdom of the day. What connections did you notice between the Old Testament and gospel readings for this week?

 

  1. In Matthew 8:1-17 (Tuesday’s reading), Jesus acts very strangely. First, he heals a leper, but then he tells the leper not to tell anyone about what happened, and tells him to go and present himself to the priests at the Temple.
    1. Why did Jesus tell the leper not to talk to anybody about how Jesus healed him?
    2. The laws of the Jewish people required any leper who believed they’d been healed of their disease to show themselves to the priests, who would then inspect them to make sure they were truly healed, and allow them back into the community. Jesus knew for a fact that the leper was healed- why did he still command him to show himself to the priests?

 

  1. Matthew 8:18-34 (Wednesday’s reading) contains another strange story about Jesus. Jesus is sleeping peacefully when his disciples frantically wake him and ask for him to save them from the storm. After he calms the storm, he says “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Most of us would think that the disciples had just demonstrated their faith in Jesus by immediately turning to him to save them. Why do you think Jesus accused the disciples of lacking faith?

 

  1. Is there anything from this week’s readings that you still have questions about?