January 2017

January 15, 2017

Ephesians 6:10-24

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Reflection Questions:

  • Four times believers are urged to stand firm, in what areas are you prone to instability?
  • How are you being attacked?  There are occasions where it is a full frontal assault on your marriage, relationships.  In regular seasons, it is often subversive and indirect, undermining your faith in provision and altering the order of your loves.
  • How might ‘praying at all times in the Spirit’ look in your life?  What effect would praying without ceasing have on your perspective and posture toward others?

January 22, 2017

1 Peter 1:1-12

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Reflection Questions:

  • What is the dominating vision in your life?
  • Are you cultivating a deeper grasp and understanding of the gospel?
  • What would it look like if you are able to see the gospel with greater clarity than your problems?

January 29, 2017

1 Peter 1:13 – 2:3

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Reflection Questions:

  • Are you committed to the process of becoming holy?
  • Do you have an reverent fear of God in which you fear nothing else?
  • What can a community look like when it has God’s mark upon it?

February 2017

February 5, 2017

1 Peter 2:4-10

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Reflection Questions:

  • Is Jesus becoming increasingly precious in my eyes?
  • What does it look like for the church to be his presence carriers in the world?
  • In what ways can your life proclaim God’s excellencies?
  • Are there any fears or barriers in my character that prevent me from fully bringing the presence of God to people?

February 12, 2017

1 Peter 2:11 – 3:7

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Reflection Questions:

  • How might those in the city describe us and our conduct?
  • How has Jesus set an example for you to follow within your day-to-day relationships?
  • What things in your life have been difficult in entrusting (letting go) to God?

February 19, 2017

1 Peter 3:8-12

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Reflection Questions:

  • In what ways are we giving life or providing oxygen to our relationships in the church and in the world?
  • Who can you demonstrate or exhibit the grace of God towards despite being personally mistreated?
  • In what ways do the attributes of Psalm 34 mark your life? Which particular practices is God encouraging you to grow in?

February 26, 2017

1 Peter 3:13 – 4:6

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Reflection Questions:

  • Have I set apart Christ as Lord in my heart and life in such a way that I gain greater perspective in hardship and suffering?
  • Am I living in such a way that those around me will ask the reason for the hope I have? Have I developed a gospel fluency for when they ask?
  • What human passions have I allowed the powerful truth of Jesus’ love and forgiveness to expose and refine?

March 2017

March 5, 2017

1 Peter 4:12-19

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Reflection Questions:

  • What does suffering look like in your life?
  • Where does your source of joy come from?
  • How do you see God using your past or current suffering for His glory?

March 12, 2017

1 Peter 5:6-12

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Reflection Questions:

  • What does humbling yourself under God’s mighty hand look like for you in this season?
  • What does being sober-minded and resisting the enemy look like in your daily life?
  • When are you most vulnerable to losing sight of the true grace of God?

March 19, 2017

John 4:5-42

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Reflection Questions:

  • Which well are you drinking from?  Are there any wells you need to stop drawing water from?
  • If you were to encounter Jesus today, what thoughts, sinful practices or prejudices would he reveal in your life?
  • Who is a Samaritan to you?  Are you tempted to exclude people from your social sphere because of perceived differences?

March 26, 2017

John 9:1-41

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Reflection Questions:

  • The Gospel confronts each one of us with the question: “Do you believe in the Son of man?“  – Pope Benedict
  • Are there any assumptions or beliefs that you/we hold that prevent you/us from seeing things as Jesus does?
  • What kind of blindness are you suffering from today?

April 2017

April 2, 2017

John 11:1-45

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Reflection Questions:

  • When is it difficult for you to feel that God is with you?  How can this passage change the way you respond to perceived delay of God?
  • If you compare your spiritual journey to Lazarus, where are you in this season – Still in the grave? Watching the stone being rolled away? Alive but still in the grave clothes? Alive and unwrapped?

April 9, 2017

Matthew 21:1-11

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Reflection Questions:

  • The crowds refused to see Jesus Christ as he truly was, placing their personal desires on him instead. Who is Jesus for you? Is he simply available to help you accomplish your desires and goals, or is he Lord and Master who gave up his life to save you from sin?
  • Jesus is the humble King. Do you find your self worth in your accomplishments and ability? Does it ever interfere with how you view and relate with others?  How do you react when you have been misjudged, criticized or even rejected?

April 23, 2017

Matthew 13:10-17

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Reflection Questions:

  • Are there unexamined obstacles or barriers in my life that have dulled my senses in order to see and hear God’s voice?
  • Am I able to restructure priorities in my life in order to attune myself to the message of Jesus and the way of the kingdom?

April 30, 2017

Matthew 13:1-9

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Reflection Questions:

  • What type of soil are you? Can the condition of soil evolve and change over time?
  • What might help break up hard soil, uproot any weeds or remove any rocks in my life?
  • What do you think Jesus would like you to do in response to this story? How can I be faithful in scattering seeds?

May 2017

May 7, 2017

Matthew 13:24-30

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Reflection Questions:

  • The first Christians believed that God’s kingdom had already come yet lived in the complex reality of a godless and cruel Roman Empire. In what ways does our experience today differ or share similarities?
  • What could it look like if Christians were known as long-suffering (patient, loving) and less judgmental of other people?
  • In what ways can we live as the good seed of the kingdom in our world today?

May 14, 2017

Matthew 13:31-33

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Reflection Questions:

  • What are some subtle ways that the kingdom of God is breaking through in your life? your church? your community?
  • How has God expanded your vision of his kingdom?
  • In what ways has the love of God permeated and transformed your life? How does your influence bless the people around you?

May 21, 2017

Matthew 13:51-52

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Reflection Questions:

  • What might it mean today to be a disciple of the kingdom of heaven? An apprentice of Jesus?
  • What habits and practices in your life form you to be more like Jesus?
  • Do you recognize your need? For forgiveness, for reconciliation, as a student.

May 28, 2017

Matthew 18:21-35

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Reflection Questions:

  • We love grace when we’re the recipient, but we loathe grace when it is to be extended to others. Who is someone that you need to forgive?

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back – in so many ways is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” – Frederick Buechner

  • Who is the true prisoner of unforgiveness?
  • Forgiveness is a gift from the King. We can often turn our backs on the gift in order to nurse the pain and remain in captivity.  What hurts do we continue to nurse?  Have we received God’s forgiveness?  How can you extend that freedom to yourself and others?

June 2017

June 4, 2017

Matthew 20:1-16

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Reflection Questions:

  • Imagine you were one of the early risers. How did you feel at first when the latecomers were given a day’s wage?
  • Suppose you were one of the latecomers? How did you feel about the situation?
  • Who do you identify with in the story – the early risers? the midday workers? the late comers? Why?
  • If the eye is the lamp of the body, do you have healthy eyes?

June 11, 2017

Matthew 13:44-46

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Reflection Questions:

  • How do we move towards being able to make joyful sacrifices in our lives? What prevents us from doing so more often?
  • Does my life reflect the priorities of my heart?

June 18, 2017

Matthew 22:1-14

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Reflection Questions:

  • God extends an invitation to us. The guests in the parable represent humanity, what kind of responses might we give to God’s invitation today?
  • What can your relationships look like if you allow love, justice, truth, mercy and holiness reign unhindered in your life?
  • With whom in the story would you most identify and why? To whom is the story directed?