One Week Left
It Is Finished
March 21, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read John 19:28-30 1) Although we might prefer to turn away, why is it important for us to look at Jesus’ time on the cross? 2) In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ last words were “it is finished!” What do those words mean to God, to Jesus, to you? 3) What does it mean to you to find and define your future through Jesus? 4) Change is possible and new is possible, but it takes effort. Is there a gap between your words and your actions and how would you like that to change? Give examples. 5) During Lent, we have looked at the last week of Jesus’ life. If there was just one week left in your life, what would you say, where would you spend your time, and what would you do?
March 14, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read John 18:15-27 1) While praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas, and defended by Peter, who cut off the ear of one of the high priests’ servants. Jesus tells Peter to put away his sword and then Jesus heals the servant. What do these actions reveal about Judas, Peter, and Jesus? 2) Peter was one of Jesus’ most trusted disciples and pledged his life and allegiance to his Lord. Yet Peter denied following Jesus, denied being a disciple, and denied even knowing Jesus. When have you, with words or actions, denied following Jesus, being a disciple, or even knowing him? Give examples. 3) Peter completely blew it on that night so long ago. Yet Jesus kept loving him, forgiving him, and calling him. All of us have “blown it” as well; what does it mean to you that Jesus still loves, forgives, and calls you? 4) In what order are your priorities today and what do you need to change to realign them to how Christ calls you to live?
March 7, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read John 15: 1-8 1) Jesus tells us that He is the vine and we are the branches. In vineyards, the spot where the vine and the branch are connected is the strongest point. In light of Jesus’ words, what does that mean to you? 2) When we worship together, we are nurtured by Christ and one another. What nurtures you in worship? Give examples. In what other ways are you connected to Christ and others? Give examples. 3) In a vineyard, a branch that doesn’t bear fruit is pruned. What needs to be pruned in your life so you might bear fruit for Christ? 4) What fruit are you bearing for Christ, at home, at work, at school, in the community, and in your church? Give examples.
Servants Are (Or Should Be) Everywhere
February 28, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read John 13:1-5; 12-17 In today’s passage, Jesus sets a shocking example to his disciples; he acts as a servant and washes their feet. 1) Why did Jesus wash the feet of his disciples? What message was he trying to send to them and to us? 2) In what ways does our society instill in us the desire to be served? As followers of Jesus, why is serving others so critical? 3) What does serving mean to you? How do you serve at home, at work, at school, at church, or in other ways? 4) What is your reaction to the following statement and does it influence your life? “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” -Martin Luther King
One Week Left
February 21, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read John 12: 1-19 1) Lent gives us 40 days to prepare for Easter by engaging in spiritual disciplines like fasting, repenting, praying, additional bible study and service. Which of these spiritual disciplines will you add to your life during Lent? 2) During the last week of Jesus’ life, Mary pours an extravagantly expensive jar of perfume on his feet. Judas questioned her decision by criticizing the cost. Do you ever echo Judas by questioning the cost of your discipleship? In what ways? 3) Lent calls for us to empty ourselves of all the reasons and rationalizations we use to limit our discipleship. Where are you holding back in your discipleship? 4) How and where do you need to be more extravagant in your devotion to Jesus?