GETTING STARTED:What is something you tend to worry about?
Read Matthew 6:25-34
What “worries” does Jesus mention in verse 25? To what extent are these the things you find yourself worrying about? Why do you think Jesus focuses on this particular list?
GETTING STARTED:What good news have you heard lately?
DIGGING IN:Read Romans 6:1-14
What does it mean that “we are those who have died to sin” (v. 2)? How does Paul describe this death in verses 6-7?
If we are dead to sin, why do we at times feel so powerless to...
Getting Started: When you think about freedom, what image comes to mind?
Digging In:Read Psalm 32
What is the tone of this Psalm? How do you feel reading it?
Read Genesis 3:6-8. What were the effects of sin on Adam and Eve? How did they feel, and what did they do? How is this story similar...
Getting Started:What is something, outside of your faith, that your friends or your children would say is of “first importance” to you?
Digging Deeper:Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
How does Paul summarize the “gospel” in this passage? What does Paul consider to be...
What were your Easter and/or “Holy Week” traditions as a child? As an adult?
Read John 12:12-19
John tells us this event happened “the next day.” Looking back at the preceding verses, what had happened the day before? What does Jesus say about Mary’s act of...
Getting Started: What is your favorite wedding tradition? Which tradition is your least favorite or one you don’t understand?
Digging In:Read Revelation 19:1-10
Why do you think the lamb is referred to here? What are things we have learned about the Lamb in this series that can...
Getting Started: Do you have a favorite musical or play? Have you ever seen it performed live?
Digging In:Read Revelation 5
Why did John weep when he found out there was no one to open the scroll? Why was the scroll so important?
There are examples of this type of despair in our world...
Getting Started: If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be?
Digging In:Read Isaiah 53
Who is the prophet Isaiah is speaking about in this passage?
According to the chapter, what characteristics would this person have?
What expectations did the Jewish people have as they were...
Getting Started:Can you name one professional athlete who has been blamed for his/her team’s failures? Why do we feel the need to identify a scapegoat?
Digging Deeper:Psalm 103 is a song, written by David, directing praise to God who gives us good gifts. Read the entire Psalm.
Getting Started: Have you ever been rescued or delivered from a scary, awkward or uncomfortable situation? What feelings did you have toward your rescuer?
Digging In:Read Exodus 12
What are some ways God provided for the Israelites in this passage? Do you notice any trials they faced that...