The center column holds the main text for each day, while the right column includes secondary texts.
Basic Tips:1.) Use a translation you can understand. If new to the Bible, try the NIrV or The Message, which are both available online. 2.) Use a kids Bible with kids. 3.) Keep a pencil and notebook around to write down questions, observations, and conclusions. 4.) Have fun. Use your imagination and your brain.
Questions to Guide You:
We’re stepping away from Matthew for 6 weeks to remind ourselves of Oakland’s Vision and Values, which we abbreviate our P.S.A.L.M. because it is our worship of God in action. P. =“We Prize Presence.” S. = “We Serve Hard.” A. = “We’re Always Growing.” L. stands for “We Leave Legacy.” We received a legacy, and we want to leave one for the next generation. So we hone the heart of our traditions and update their dress, telling the old, old story in modern words. Everything we do is for the next generation of believers.
- 2 Tim 2:2 is one of my favorite verses. What does Paul tell Timothy to do? To pass on tradition, but for what? How many generations is Paul thinking about?
- How can you tell who are “reliable people” who will pass the gospel to the next generation? Why is a heart for generations of believers so important? How does it keep us from becoming a Me-First church all about my tastes, what I like, and what I want?
- Rom 14 talks about weaker and stronger brothers. What should stronger brothers do to strengthen and bless their younger brothers? Why must older/stronger brothers subjugate their wants to their lil’ bro’s needs?
- Where at Oakland can you submit your wants/tastes to the needs of younger Christians or not-yet-Christians? Where do you see people do the opposite?
- Psalm 78 celebrates the opportunity to “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD.” The Millennial generation (1984-present) is giving up on Church and Jesus in unprecedented numbers. Rather than give up on them, what ways can we be better at telling them of the LORD?
- Acts 15 is a pivotal moment in Church History, where Christians decided that new, non-Jewish converts to Jesus do not need to become culturally Jewish to follow Jesus. What do they decide is cultural and what do they decide is essential? What are the modern equivalents?
- In Acts 17, Paul preaches to a bunch of Stoic Philosophers. In his sermon, he references their culture (statues) and their favorite philosophers (quotes) in order to explain Jesus in a way they can understand. What metaphors, images, heroes, etc. exist in our culture to explain the importance of Jesus? How can you use a pop-culture touch point to explain ideas like “sin”, “redemption”, and “savior”?
- 1 Cor 9 summarized Paul’s prerogative – same message, different dress codes.
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