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Friday, April 11, 2014

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April 2014 Newsletter

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/13/14)

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the children will be processing with the palms at the beginning of worship.

Scripture
Mark 15:21-41 (ESV)  
    And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alex ander and Rufus, to carry his cross.  [22] And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull).  [23] And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.  [24] And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.  [25] And it was the third hour when they crucified him.  [26] And the inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the Jews."  [27] And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.  
    [28]  [29] And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,  [30] save yourself, and come down from the cross!"  [31] So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself.  [32] Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified with him also reviled him. 
    [33] And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  [34] And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  [35] And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah."  [36] And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down."  [37] And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.  [38] And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  [39] And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" 
    [40] There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.  [41] When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. 

Questions for Reflection
1. What do people mean when they say that someone “did not die in vain”?
2. Why did Jesus not carry the cross Himself? (15:21)
3. How did the people insult Jesus when He was on the cross? (15:29-30)
4. What did the teachers of the law say about Jesus while He was dying? How? (15:31-32)
5. What challenge did Jesus ignore? (15:31-32)
6. What emotions do you think Jesus felt as He was led away and crucified?
7. Simon’s encounter with Jesus was very unusual; how did you first “encounter Christ”?
8. When have you ever experienced apparently “random” events in your life, that upon later reflection showed God’s sovereign will being worked out in you?
9. How can you thank the Lord for the hidden ways He works in your life?
10. Jesus was closely identified with criminals during His death; what significance does this have to you?
11. How does it make you feel to know that Christ endured such intense suffering for your salvation?
12. What significance is there for you in the fact that a Roman soldier recognized the great truth that even the religious leaders could not see?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/6/14)

Don't forget men's breakfast tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM.

Scripture
Mark 14:12-50 (ESV)
    And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?" [13] And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, [14] and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' [15] And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us." [16] And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 
    [17] And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. [18] And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me." [19] They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, "Is it I?" [20] He said to them, "It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. [21] For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born." 
    [22] And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body." [23] And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. [24] And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. [25] Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." 
    [26] And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. [27] And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' [28] But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee." [29] Peter said to him, "Even though they all fall away, I will not." [30] And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." [31] But he said emphatically, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." And they all said the same. 
    [32] And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." [33] And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. [34] And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch." [35] And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. [36] And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." [37] And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? [38] Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." [39] And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. [40] And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. [41] And he came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. [42] Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand." 
    [43] And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. [44] Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard." [45] And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, "Rabbi!" And he kissed him. [46] And they laid hands on him and seized him. [47] But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. [48] And Jesus said to them, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? [49] Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled." [50] And they all left him and fled. 

Questions for Reflection

1. How have your friends helped you through difficult times in your life?
2. What is it like to have a friend let you down when you really need support?
3. Who has been a faithful friend to you during difficult times in your life?
4. What emotions was Jesus feeling? (14:33-34)
5. What distressed Jesus when He returned to His disciples? (14:37)
6. Why did the disciples have so much trouble praying with Jesus? (14:38)
7. Why didn’t the disciples watch and pray with Jesus as He asked them to?
8. What stops us from helping people in need?
9. Who fled the scene? When? (14:50-52)
10. What is significant about the fact that all of Jesus’ followers deserted Him? (14:50-52)
11. Why did Jesus’ disciples desert Him?
12. When are you most tempted to compromise your commitment to Christ?
13. How can we prepare for times when our dedication to Christ is tested?
14. What difference does it make to you that Jesus was deserted by all of His friends?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/23/14)

Scripture
Mark 12:1-12 (ESV)  
And he began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. [2] When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. [3] And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. [4] Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. [5] And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. [6] He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' [7] But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' [8] And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. [9] What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. [10] Have you not read this Scripture:
    " 'The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the cornerstone;
   [11] this was the Lord's doing,
        and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
[12] And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.

Questions for Reflection

1. What was your reaction to a time when you were cheated?
2. To whom was Jesus speaking? (12:1)
3. Whom do the farmer, servants, and son in the parable represent? (12:1-6)
4. Why did the owner of the vineyard send so many servants to the tenants looking after the vineyard? (12:2-5)
5. How did the tenants treat the owner’s son? Why? (12:7-8)
6. In what ways is it possible to mistreat the messengers or message God has sent us?
7. How does God want us to treat His message?
8. How can you be a better steward of the spiritual responsibility God has given you?
9. What is one area of your life that you are holding back from the Lord for fear that He may ask too much of you?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/9/14)

Please don't forget to change your clocks Saturday night.

Scripture
Mark 11:1-11 (ESV)  
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples [2] and said to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. [3] If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.' " [4] And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. [5] And some of those standing there said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" [6] And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. [7] And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. [8] And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. [9] And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! [10] Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!" [11] And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Questions for Reflection

1. What kinds of events or occasions do we celebrate with parades?
2. How did the disciples’ experience match with what Jesus said? (11:4-7)
3. What did the people in the village do when the disciples asked to take their colt? (11:6)
4. What did Jesus do with the colt? (11:7)
5. How did Jesus enter Jerusalem? (11:7-11)
6. Why did the people spread cloaks and branches on the road for Jesus? (11:8-10)
7. What do you think the disciples thought about what Jesus asked them to do?
8. Why do you think the people in the village let the disciples take their colt?
9. What did Jesus communicate to the crowds by riding a donkey into Jerusalem?
10. When has God told you to do something that you thought was unusual or difficult to justify?
11. Why do you think God does not always reveal His intentions or long-range plans for us when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances?
12. What should we do when we do not understand what God is trying to accomplish in us and through us?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/2/14)

Men's Breakfast is Saturday at 8:00am, we will have the usual eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, grits and gravy. If you would like to help cook or just come socialize we arrive around 6:45am.

Scripture
Matthew 17:1-9 (ESV)  
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. [2] And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. [3] And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. [4] And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." [5] He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." [6] When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. [7] But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." [8] And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. [9] And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead."  

Questions for Reflection

1. What is the most spectacular event you have ever witnessed?
2. What happened to Christ on the mountain? (17:2)
3. Who else appeared and began talking to Jesus? (17:3)
4. What did Peter volunteer to do? (17:4)
5. What do you think prompted Peter to say he would build shelters? (17:4)
6. What happened while Peter was speaking? (17:5)
7. How did the disciples react when God spoke out of the cloud? (17:6)
8. What memories or insights do you think Peter, James, and John took home with them from this incident?
9. In what way is it difficult for us to worship God?
10. How might seeing Christ in all His glory prompt us to obey Him more completely?
11. In what ways does God reveal Himself to us today?