Second Lesson Every Sunday from July 16 to August 20
Part 1 of our congregational renewal was praying every day. Part 2 is Bible study. By reading the same Bible passage each week, we can fully engage the story and discern together what God might be teaching our congregation. We handed out notepaper and people put in the offering plate, or they e-mailed me answers. Questions were published in the bulletin and read out loud.
Question for This Week: *
Mark 4:35-41, Jesus Stills a Storm
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Week 1: July 16: Which word or phrase from this story stands out to you the most?
Week 2: July 23: What part of the story are you most like, or, what part do you identify with the most? Are you most like a storm, the boat, Jesus, the other boats, the crowd left behind, the wind, the waves, the cushion, the calm? Why?
Week 3: July 20: For the part that you named last week, what are the drawbacks and gifts of being like that thing?
Week 4: August 6: What are the storms around Calvary? Where do we most need Jesus to bring us calm?
Week 5: August 13: Based on the part of the story you are most like, what gifts do you bring to share Jesus and calm the storms? Do you create or participate in the storms? How? What learning, resources, conversations might you need to be part of calming the storms?
Week 6: August 20: What gives you the most hope in this Bible story?
Pastor Jess is all about sharing the life-saving love of Jesus with the world. How she does it is up to the Holy Spirit.
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