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Once Upon a Time

Lost and Found

Blended • August 2, 2020 • Kipp McClurg

Read Luke 15:11-32 1. What is this story about? Money? Wild living? Forgiving? Stubbornness? Forgiveness? Anger? 2. Do you see yourself as any of the characters in this story? Which one? Why do you relate with that specific character? What does that tell you about yourself? 3. How would we describe the behavior of the younger son in the story? Do you know anyone who has behaved this way in your own life or experience? What is your impression of that person? 4. How would we describe the behavior of the father in the story? Do you know anyone who has behaved this way in your own life or experience? What is your impression of that person? 5. How would we describe the behavior of the older son in the story? Do you know anyone who has behaved this way in your own life or experience? What is your impression of that person? 6. How do our own life experiences and practical values seem to influence our understanding of what is going on in this story that Jesus tells?

Unmerciful Servant

Blended • July 26, 2020 • Bill Brunson

1. When Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive someone, he suggested 7 times. Jesus responds with 77 times or 7 times 70 (depending on your translation). Why did Peter set the bar so low for forgiveness? Have you ever done the same? 2. Do you believe God’s forgiveness is limitless or limited, unconditional or conditional? How will your answer affect your own faith life? 3. In today’s parable, the unforgiving servant accepted the King’s forgiveness, but then refused to forgive someone else. Has this ever happened in your life? 4. Someone once said, “refusing to forgive someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Do you agree and have you ever experienced this in your own life? 5. Forgiveness takes practice. Where are you practicing forgiveness in your own life? Where in your life are you refusing to forgive?

Burying Our Talents

Blended • July 19, 2020 • Butch Williams

Read Matthew 25:14-30 for a better understanding of the Parable of the Talents before you answer the following questions. 1. Does knowing that the Parable of the Talents was given in the Temple and was His next to last teaching make a difference in how you view the story? 2. What gives power to final words? This parable is among Jesus’ final words. Does knowing the parable is among Jesus’ final words make you pay more attention to the story? 3. There are three servants in the parable. Two doubled the money entrusted to them by their Master. One servant buried his treasure in the ground. Which servant do you most identify with? Why? 4. What are some ways we can “dig a hole in the ground” and put in it the talents God has entrusted to us? 5. Based on this parable, what changes does Jesus want you to make in your life so you will hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant?”

Hello Neighbor

Blended • July 12, 2020 • Sherry Harris

1. Does knowing the Priest and the Levite had legitimate religious reasons for ignoring the injured man, change your opinion of their actions? Why or why not? 2. The Jews and the Samaritans despised one another in our parable today. Can you think of modern-day examples of groups who also despise one another. What is their rationale? 3. What is your definition of neighbor and how does it affect your understanding of the Parable of the Good Samaritan? 4. Do you believe God still speaks through “prophets” today? If so, give an example.