Read Matthew 25:1-13 (New International Version) 1) Before hearing the sermon on the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, what did the story mean to you? Is it one of your favorites or one you mostly ignore? Why? 2) 2020 is a year of confusion, upheaval and unanswered questions; it was a time of confusions, upheaval, and unanswered questions when Jesus told this parable. Why do you think Jesus used a story about five wise bridesmaids who had extra oil and five foolish bridesmaids who ran out of oil? What point was Jesus trying to make to his listeners then and now? 3) Which set of bridesmaids do you most identify with: the wise or the foolish? 4) There were three main points in the sermon: 1. The Bridegroom intends to return. 2. No one knows when the return will happen. 3. Plan for a long wait or a short wait. Discuss these points and what they mean to your life now. 5) We must be prepared for Christ’s return spiritually, mentally, and physically. Do you feel prepared in those three areas? What else could you do to get ready?
November 8, 2020 • Kipp McClurg • Matthew 25:1-13
Blended • January 3, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read John 1:1-18 We are told in our scripture passage that Jesus is the Light and the darkness can never overcome the Light. 1) What darkness in your life hides God’s Light? 2) How have you experienced the gift of Light shining in your own darkness? Give examples. 3) John’s prologue tells us that Jesus is the Light. How might it strip from us our false sense of importance to be regularly reminded that we are not the Light, but merely witness to it? 4) In The Message we are told “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” Would your life change if Jesus lived next door to you? Why or why not? 5) What is the potential placed in you by God and how will you use it in 2021?
God, Worship, and Us
Blended • November 22, 2020 • Sherry Harris
Read Psalm 100:1-5 1) Covid-19 has already taken so many of the traditions and rituals that form a web of love for our lives. How are you dealing with the necessary changes of a Thanksgiving and even Christmas in a pandemic? 2) The words of today’s psalm speak of singing, joy, gratitude, and thanksgiving. Is it difficult to find those emotions at this particular point in your life? Why or why not? 3) What does it mean to you that we are God’s people and the sheep of his pasture? Where do you find comfort in that verse? 4) How are you living out the joyful words of our Psalm reading in a world filled with fear, confusion, and grief for the life that has been taken away from you because of the pandemic? 5) No matter what your Thanksgiving may look like this year, what will you be grateful for in 2020?
Whose Side Are You on?
Blended • November 15, 2020 • Bill Brunson
Read Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus does not speak much about judges or Judgement Day, but in today’s passage we see Jesus on the throne separating the goats from the sheep or the unrighteous from the righteous. 1) Jesus used the images of sheep or goats to separate the faithful believers from pretenders and unbelievers. What is the criteria Jesus uses in our passage to determine if someone is a goat or a sheep? 2) Do you think a professed Christian can still be judged as unrighteous? Why or why not? Give examples. 3) The real evidence of a Christian is not just our beliefs, but also our actions. How well do your actions separate you from the unrighteous? What could you do to improve? 4) Judgment comes every single day in the things we do and the things we neglect to do. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? 5) What would happen if we treat every single person we meet as if that person was Christ: the guy at the freeway entrance asking for help, the worn out mom with two screaming children in the grocery check-out line, your friends, your family or the people you work with?