Weekly Reading Plan – March 15-22 – Trade Up for Joy

DAY 1 – GAL 3.13-26 – PRAY FOR EASY REJOICING

DAY 2 – NEH 8 – PRAY FOR HOW TO PARTY

DAY 3 – ISAIAH 35 – PRAY FOR EXUBERANCE

DAY 4 – 1 CHRON 16 – PRAY FOR UNRESTRAINED PRAISE

DAY 5 – PHIL 4 – PRAY FOR CONTENTMENT

  1. What are the fruit of the Spirit? What is the freedom of Gal 5? Who is more joyful than liberated people? What have you been liberated from? What has God saved you from? Are you as grateful as a freed slave or rescued P.O.W.? Spend time pondering this freedom until you find joy.
  2. What is Joy? What does it mean to Rejoice? Is Joy an emotion? If so, is it fair for God to command us to feel certain emotions? If not, what is it? Can I rejoice even when I don’t feel like it? Can I practice Joy even when I am not “happy”? 
  3. Who is the most fun person you know? The person that you enjoy being with the most? That is the easiest to laugh with and makes you want to dance? How can you learn from them? 
  4. How do the people initially respond to the reading of God’s Word in Nehemiah 8? Why are they crying? Happy tears, overwhelmed, conviction? Have you ever cried in worship/prayer or have you muted all your emotions in church? 
  5. What does God want his people to do in Nehemiah 8? What would this look like at Oakland? What would this look like in your personal devotions? How could you party like the Hebrews? Would you? Why or why not? 
  6. What kind of joy does Isaiah 35? When does Isaiah expect this kind of joy to come? How does Jesus open the doorway to this kind of Joyful behavior? 
  7. What barriers stand in the way of our exuberance? Why stops us from acting more joyfully? What attitudes or fears or sins?
  8. Why are the people so excited in 1 Chronicles 16? Why are the excited about the ark? How do they show it? Where is the ark now? Where is the Holy Presence now? Does this amaze and excite you like David? Why or why not? 
  9. How does singing coach us towards joy? What other actions make us more likely to rejoice? To laugh and release good endorphins? 
  10. Entitlement and familiarity destroy joy. How have you found the 6 days of fasting and 1 feast day rhythm helping you enjoy and appreciate things in new ways?
  11. What does Phil 4 teach us about joy? What doe Paul know about joy that you don’t? What is the difference between his mental health and emotional stability compared to yours? Why do think this is? 

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 1-8 – Stories of Faith

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.

Youth Sunday 2016 Reading Slide

Questions to Guide You:

This week, our Youth will lead us in worship. This is their church, and like God used David, Daniel, Shadrach, Mishek, and Abednego (all youth) to lead his people, he will use these to lead us. They have decided to lead us in a meditation on FAITH, through 3 stories of great faith.

  • Genesis 6-8 is one of the most famous stories in the Bible, but because of its fame, people rarely read it carefully. Read it carefully. What stands out?
  • How did Noah feel as he built the ark? What did he risk? What did he sacrifice to be faithful? How do you imagine his peers treated him during the time it took to build the ark? How did he persevere during these taunts and bullying?
  • What areas of your life will faithfulness bring ridicule from others? What things must you do or must you not do because of Jesus that other people will find stupid, foolish, or Puritanical?
  • 1 Sam 17 is another famous story. Read it carefully.
  • What does David risk? What is at stake if he loses this fight? How do his peers feel about it? Why does he feel like he must do this? Why does he have faith? What past experiences have given him skills and faith to address this giant?
  • If David loses this fight, Israel loses everything, and everyone he loves becomes a slave. Where in your does doing the right thing necessitate financial risk? When has faith required you to address an insurmountable task with God’s help? How has God prepared you for your giants?
  • We just read Dan 3 a few weeks ago. When has doing the right thing hurt your professional gain/advancement? When has doing the right thing required losing favor with others?
  • I love the youths' “Even if God doesn’t save us…” faith (vs 18). What situations do you want God to fix or rescue? Can you say, “Even if God doesn’t do what I want, he is still God and I believe he is good”?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – Nov 29 – Dec 6

Greater Than - 11.29-12.6 - Weekly Reading Plan Slide

Questions to Guide Your Study:

  • Why do you think the Serious religious folk wanted signs so badly? Had Jesus given them signs previously? Instead of signs what should they be focused on? How are we like the sign-craving people?
  • How is Jesus is Greater than Jonah? We read Jonah earlier this year, but it might be helpful to reread Jonah 1-4 to compare Jonah with what you know of Jesus?
  • How would you describe Jonah’s attitude? His preaching? His follow-up with the Ninevites? How does this compare to Jesus?
  • Hebrews is a book about Jesus being Better than everyone in the Old Testament. Heb 1:1-4 says we have the clearest picture of God, and so how are we “more guilty” if we ignore God’s gospel according to Heb 2?
  • How does Hebrews 3 compare Jesus to Moses? What are the major differences? How is Jesus greater than Moses?
  • What benefits do we have because of Jesus that the Ninevites didn’t have with Jonah and the Israelites didn’t have with Moses? How should this change our celebration of Christmas? Do you celebrate Christmas like you’ve been given the clearest, greatest gift ever given to humanity?
  • How can we soften our hearts and encourage one another to hold firmly to Jesus this Christmas?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – October 4-11

The Kings Driving Passion - Weekly Readings Oct 4-11

 

 

 

 

Questions to Guide Your Study:

  1. This week, we will take a break from Matthew and focus on several passages of God’s guidance.
  2. What is the difference between trusting the LORD and leaning on your own understanding? Specifically, how have you been doing one or the other or both?
  3. Where in your life, do you need God to make a straight path?
  4. What does Psalm 14 say about the nature of human beings and about God’s plan for people?
  5. What does Psalm 16 say about God and those who follow his ways? Ps 16:2 and Ps 16:11 are astounding? How would we live if we believed them absolutely?
  6. When have you felt the joy and excitement expressed in Ps 84? Have you ever just really wanted to worship God with God’s people? If not, pray for that desire.
  7. According to Psalms 16 and 84, why is God worthy of our praise? Why is God worth celebrating? How can you celebrate God?
  8. What does Psalm 93 compare God to? How is God like or different than those things? different? Where does nature show you God’s attributes most often?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – September 27 – October 4

The Kings Driving Passion - Weekly Readings Sept 27 - Oct 4

Questions to Guide Your Study:

  1. Who are you afraid of? Who are you afraid to share Jesus with? Why are you afraid? 
  2. What does it mean to FEAR THE LORD? What should we be afraid of?
  3. How would your life change if you were more afraid of God and less afraid of people?
  4. How does it make you feel that God knows the # of hairs on your head?
  5. God is so in control that he knows every bird’s death, does that make you angry with things that have happened or hopeful that God knows what he is doing?
  6. Acknowledge or disown, why is publicly owning or disowning Jesus so important?
  7. Have you ever disowned Jesus? Me too. Let’s ask God for forgiveness and boldness. 
  8. When can you claim and promote Jesus’ goodness this week?
  9. How do you feel when you read John 3:35-36 and 1 John 2:20-25? Why? Why is a rejection of Jesus the same as rejecting God?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – June 28 – July 5

Matt 5.17-37B Reading Slide - The Kings Speech (part 2B)

 Questions to Guide You:

  1. What stands out on your second time reading these texts?
  2. Last time we mainly talked about the role of God’s Word in our lives, this time let’s look deeper at each command.
  3. What does Ephesians tell us about our anger? How should we manage it? Is it always sinful? When does it become sinful?
  4. How are anger and lying and oath taking all linked together?
  5. What does God want for your sexuality according to 1 Thess 4? Your sex life? How important is this according to Paul in 1 Thess 4?
  6. What is God mad about in Malachi 2:13-16? How might this critique and correct our culture’s approach to marriage and divorce?
  7. What does it mean to let your “Yes be Yes” and “No be No”? How is that different from “maybe?” How can you answer more definitively this week?
  8. What does Numbers 23:19 tell us about God? Why is this good news concerning our salvation? How scary would it be if God could at anytime change His mind or lose His temper?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 3 – May 10

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 3 Reading Plan - 5.3 - 5.10

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. How did the Magi find out about Jesus? Has God ever led you to worship through nature?
  2. Why do you think Herod and Jerusalem where terrified? Why do you think Herod and the Priests didn’t go with the Magi to Bethlehem? When is it terrifying to hear about King Jesus?
  3. How did the Magi feel when they found Jesus? What did they do when they found him? Who are human beings supposed to worship?
  4. How is Jesus’ birth like Moses’ birth (compare Pharaoh and Herod)? What did Moses do for Israel? How will Jesus be like Moses?
  5. Herod’s murder of the babies is horrible. Stop and pray for those violent places where kids are soldiers, refugees, or murdered? How hard is it to believe that God wants to save a world that kills babies?
  6. Thinking about the Jesus Star and about Ps 19, what can we learn about God from the world? How does God’s Bible in Ps 19 and Matt 2:6 clarify and go beyond what we learn in Creation?
  7. What encouragement do Psalm 37 and Psalm 42 give us when we are victims or when we’re just saddened?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – April 26 – May 3

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 2 Reading Plan - 4.26-5.3

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. Reading Matthew 1:18-25 for the second time, what stands out?
  2. “Jesus” is the Greek version of the Hebrew “Joshua,” which means “God Saves.” From Deut 31 and Josh 1, how is Jesus like Joshua?
  3. Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land, where does Jesus lead us?
  4. Why do think Moses and God tell Joshua to be “strong and courageous” so many times?
  5. Where are places you need to be “strong and courageous” to follow your Joshua/Jesus?
  6. What does the child in Isaiah 9 accomplish? How has Jesus increased your Joy (v3)? What burdens do you need Jesus to lift off you (v4)? Can you let Jesus fight your battles from now on (v5)?
  7. What are his names? Think through them slowly. What do they each mean and why are they good news?
  8. In Is 11, what “Spirits” will Jesus, the “shoot of Jesse” possess? As followers of Jesus, how should these characterize us?
  9. What will the “Shoot of Jesse” (Jesus) accomplish? Good news?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – March 22 – 28

TheKingIsEnthronedReadingSlide

Questions to Guide You:
1. How do the soldiers mock Jesus? Why do you think they mock him?
2. Does Pilate think Jesus is guilty of any crime? Why does Pilate let him be beaten and whipped and mocked? Why does Pilate punish him?
3. Who has power in this story? What kind of power does each Character have? Pilate? The Crowd? The Chief Priests? Jesus?
4. Who is Israel’s True King? Why did Israel reject their True King in the Old Testament? Why are they rejecting Jesus as King here?
5. What does it look like to let God be King? How do we reject Jesus as King too?
6. Do you see any similarities between John 19 and Psalm 22, which was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born?
7. How does the wine Jesus drinks in 19:29 parallel the wine in Ps 75:7-8?
8. What is finished, when Jesus says, “It is finished?”
9. Why do you think Joseph and Nicodemus volunteered to bury Jesus?

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