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:
In this series, “A Beautiful Mess”, we learn the Church is a beautiful mess full of people that are simultaneously sinners and saints. We learn that the most common reasons people give up on church are the very reason church works. Jesus wasn’t surprised by any of these.
This week, we’ll hear from our Mission Team during service.
- Prov 31 mentions “those who cannot speak for themselves” and the “poor and needy”. Who do you think that refers to in our day and time? How can we speak for them and defend their rights?
- Isaiah 58 is a long sermon about proper religious life. Isaiah is indicting the people for doing a bunch of religious stuff but not prioritizing the poor. Is 58:10 is his summary. How can you and we better shine?
- Try to pray 1 Thess 3:12-13 in your own words as a prayer for you and for Oakland. Why is it so important for love to increase and overflow? Who do you think “each other” and “everyone else” refers? How is this overflowing love connected to a strengthened heart?
- Try to rewrite 2 Thess 1:11-12 as a prayer for yourself and for Oakland. What is Paul praying for the church in Thessalonica? What does it mean that God would bring to fruition our every desire for goodness and deed prompted by faith?
- What is the eternal encouragement and good hope 2 Thess 2:16-17 mentions, and how does Jesus and God our Father personally encourage us? How has God encouraged you in every good deed and word?
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