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Streams of Living Water - Picture It!

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Read John 7:37-39. The Gospels rarely record Jesus raising His voice.

A rabbi normally sat to teach, but in 7:37 Jesus stood to proclaim His message like a prophet.

How do you picture Jesus saying these words?

When you picture “streams of living water” what images or places come to mind?

What specific thirst or longing do you need to trust Christ to satisfy this week?


With Jesus Everything Is Fulfilled

Jesus-prophecies

Monday: Read Luke 24:44, and as you look over the eight prophecies about Jesus:

  1. The Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem
  2. The Messiah was to be preceded by a messenger
  3. The Messiah was to enter Jerusalem riding a donkey
  4. The Messiah was to be betrayed by a friend who ate with him
  5. The Messiah was to be sold for 30 pieces of silver
  6. The money was to be thrown into God's house and used for a potter's field
  7. The Messiah was to stand silent before his accusers
  8. The Messiah was to die by crucifixion

Which one amazes you the most about Jesus fulfilling? Why did Jesus consider it important to teach the disciples from the Old Testament?

Tuesday: Read Luke 24:44.  Why is it so important that Jesus fulfilled over 300 Old Testament prophecies about Himself? What does that tell you about God? About your relationship with God?

Wednesday: Read John 14:6. In what way is faith in Jesus Christ exclusive or narrow?   In what way is Christianity, an exclusive belief system? How is Jesus the way, the truth, and the life in your life?

Thursday: Read Matthew 9:36-38. What person or people group do you mourn for to know Jesus? When was the last time you prayed for that person or group to know Christ? Take time this day and each day to pray for God to raise up workers in the harvest. Be specific in your prayers for God to raise up workers who can reach the person or people group that you mourn for? (I pray this each day for East County and India.)

Friday: Read Matthew 7:7-8. What do you tend to pray about? For what are you reluctant to pray? What truth would you like God to reveal in your life?

Saturday: Read Philippians 3:8. When do your find yourself seeing your connection with Christ as a religious ritual? As a relationship? What tends to draw you to Christ? Away from Christ? Why?

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Wild Goose Chase - Being Led by the Holy Spirit

Monday: Read John 14:1-18. As Jesus tried to prepare his disciples for His death, how were the disciples feeling about the future? What did Jesus ask His Father to do to comfort the disciples? When was a time in your life in which you knew the comfort of God and His Holy Spirit?

Tuesday: Read John 14:27-29. Jesus’ work and influence on earth did not end at His death and ascension, it was just starting. What were a few things that Jesus promised He would keep doing for His followers after He returned to heaven? Why did Jesus promise these things?

Wednesday: Read Ephesians 1:20-23. The Holy Spirit always points us to Jesus. With this being the case it is important to know where Jesus is today. According to Ephesians 1, WHERE is Jesus and WHAT is He doing today? What does this mean to you personally?

Thursday: Read John 16:12-15. What do you notice in these passages about the Holy Spirit leading us?

Friday: Read Ephesians 6:17. While this is a short and simply passage, it communicates a profound and life impacting truth. What does the Holy Spirit use to communicate truth? If you want the WORD to be a bigger part of your life, daily pray that God would create in you a hunger for His Word.

Saturday: Read Hebrews 4:12-13. What is the “sword of the Spirit,” good at doing? Write a list of the things it is good at doing. How do you feel about this level of exposure? How could the Holy Spirit use this in your life?


Navigating Through The End Of Time

This week in THE STORY we examine Chapter 31 entitled “The End of Time.”

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How has THE STORY impacted you, your family, and your small group? Share your story with us: stories@christlamesa.org.

Monday: Read Revelation 1:1. If you knew that the end of the world was coming tomorrow, what is the one thing you would be sure to do today? Why?

Tuesday: Read Revelation 1:1-3. According to these verses, why did God give this revelation? What responses does He want its hearers to make? How is one blessed in reading this book? How have you been blessed as you have been reading THE STORY?

Wednesday: Read Revelation 1:7. In this verse John quotes two Old Testament passages that Jesus quoted when talking about His second coming. What does this tell us about this one theme in Revelation? How does this fit with the overall message of THE STORY?

Thursday: Read Revelation 21:1-5. God’s promise to return and reign is one that gives us hope for the future, but it can’t only be hope for the future. If this promise is true, does it change the way you live day to day? How does hope for the future impact your life in the present?

Friday: Read Revelation 21:24-26. Why is light such a prominent symbol of God in the Bible? What does John’s use of the word light imply in these verses? What difference does that make in our world? In your life today?

Saturday: Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. As you reflect about your journey through THE STORY, what are some of the key lessons you have learned along the way? How will God’s Story continue to impact your life today and in the days ahead until Jesus returns? What is the next step after THE STORY for you?

The Bible passages in Chapter 31 of THE STORY are excerpts from Revelation 1-5, and 19-22.


From The Message: #worldstoughestjob

This week in THE STORY we examine Chapter 30 entitled “Paul’s Final Days" by using the 'S.O.A.P. Method of Studying the Bible:

  • Scripture: < insert Bible verse >
  • Observation: < What is your see out of this scripture and questions? >
  • Application: < What and how can you apply into your life? >
  • Prayer: < What is your prayer from this discovery? >

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Monday: Read 2 Timothy 3:14-15. What lessons have your parents and grandparents passed on for your faith development? What lessons are you passing on to the next generation?

Tuesday: Read 2 Timothy 3:16. Of the four benefits that Paul lists from Scripture, which one do you find the easiest to follow? Which one is the most challenging? Why?

Wednesday: Read 2 Timothy 3:17. As you have been reading THE STORY what good works do you think God has been equipping you to do?

Thursday: Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Make a before and after list of those things that are true of all people before and after salvation. What are three responses you have to complete this sentence: “Now that I am in Christ, I am no longer __________________.”

Friday: Read Ephesians 5:21-33. What does Paul teach us about the relationship between Jesus and the church?

Saturday: Read 2 Timothy 4:6-8. Where have you been fighting the good fight?

 The Bible passages in Chapter 30 of THE STORY are excerpts from Acts 20-23; 27-28; Ephesians 1-6;  and 2 Timothy 1-4.


Where to Keep Your Eye on Life’s Journey

This week’s message was based on THE STORY’s Chapter 29 entitled “Paul’s Mission.”

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There were five key items to keep your eye on: God’s Grace; Mentors To Follow; The Holy Spirit; Mentor To Others; and Build Daily Habits.

If you have a story on how THE STORY has impacted you, your family, and/or your small group then send details to: stories@christlamesa.org.

Monday: Read 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5. Why is it essential that God’s grace is the foundation of each step you take? What happens when I let anything else except God’s grace be the foundation? How has God been pouring His grace into building your life the last few weeks?

Tuesday: Read 1 Thessalonians 1:5b-6a. In your life, who have been some of your faith mentors? What are some of the key lessons of faith they have taught you? How has their faith life impacted your own?

Wednesday: Read 1 Thessalonians 1:6b. When have you been so fully committed to something that you were willing to sacrifice? How was joy evident even in such challenging times? How was the pain worth the gain?

Thursday: Read 1 Thessalonians 1:7. In your life, how have you been a faith mentor? What are some of the key lessons of faith others might learn from following your example? How has influencing the faith life of others built your own?

Friday: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. What are some daily habits you have built into your life to grow in your walk with God? Paul identifies three. How are these three active in your life? What leads you to rejoice today? When you pray, what do you pray most about? What does that tell you? Where do you find it challenging to give thanks? How might taking time to express gratitude to God in (but, not perhaps for) your circumstances be a great next step for you to take?

Saturday: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. Paul’s closing words are words of blessing for life’s journey that God brings us each day. Where do you need God’s peace? Where do you need to remember God’s faithfulness? How might God want to set apart this day for you to bless someone else?

The Bible passages covered in Chapter 28 of THE STORY are excerpts from the following chapters in Acts 13-14; 16-20; Romans 1; 3-6; 8; 12; 15; 1 Corinthians 1; 3; 5-6; 10; 12-13; 15-16; Galatians 1; 3; 5-6; and 1 Thessalonians 1-5.

 


The Church: Misconceptions vs. God’s Desires

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This week in THE STORY we examine Chapter 28 entitled “New Beginnings” that covers Acts 1-10 and Acts 12.

Monday: Read Acts 2:42-47. When you think about church what comes to mind? How does that compare with the church in Acts 2?

Tuesday: Read Acts 2:42. Why is it so easy to view the church like a movie theater, where we come to get entertained? How can we over overcome this and align ourselves to be worshipers, not the audience?

Wednesday: Read Acts 2:44. Why is it so easy for us to view church like a retail store, where we can shop around and get things to meet our needs? How can we overcome this and align ourselves to see church as a family, and not as shoppers?

Thursday: Read Acts 2:45. Why is it so easy for us to view church like a restaurant, where we look over a menu to find the things that we like? How can we overcome this and align ourselves to see our lives in church as servants, not customers?

Friday: Read Acts 2:46-47. What is the danger of seeing church only as a gas station, where we come every so often to get our “spiritual fill-up”? How can we overcome this and align ourselves to see church as a life we live, not simply a place you go?

Saturday: Read Acts 2:42-47. Why do people view church like a gym a place where perfect people celebrate being in shape? How can we overcome this and align ourselves to see church as a place for everyone?


Maundy Thursday - You Proclaim

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From Luther’s Small Catechism (www.cph.org): As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household

What is the Sacrament of the Altar?

It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.

Where is this written?

The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. Paul write: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?

These words, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,” show us that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.

How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things?

Certainly not just eating and drinking do these things, but the words written here: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” These words, along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: “forgiveness of sins.”

Who receives this sacrament worthily?

Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require all hearts to believe.

Questions for Preparing to Receive the Lord’s Supper

  • Do I believe Jesus Christ paid the price to forgive my sins? For the sins of the world?
  • Do I believe Jesus will forgive my sins? (Read 1 John 1:9-2:2)
  • What are some areas in my life where I need God’s forgiveness?
  • What are some areas in my life where I need the forgiveness of others?
  • What are some areas in my life where I need to forgive others as God has forgiven me?
  • Do I believe that Jesus is present in the bread and the wine with His body and blood in this meal?
  • Am I willing to receive the forgiveness Jesus offers and be empowered by the Holy Spirit as a newly forgiven and forgiving person?