Weekly Reading Plan – April 26 – May 3, 2020

Weekly Reading Plan on Acts 3-5

DAY 1 – Acts 3:1-10 – Pray for Chances to Pray For Healing With Others

DAY 2 – Acts 3:11-26 – Pray for Stories of Transformation to Open the Way for Sharing the Gospel

DAY 3 – Acts 4:1-21 – Pray for Oakland to be Acts 4:13 People

DAY 4 – Acts 4:21-37 – Pray Acts 4:29-30 for Oakland. For bold words and miraculous wonders from the Holy Spirit

DAY 5 – Acts 5:1-11 – Pray for reverent fear of sin and God’s holiness.

While we are not gathering in our building every week, it is the perfect time to reconsider what is the Church? We’ll start by reading in the book of Acts.

  1. Before reading, consider the following: what did you learn about church last week? How is social distancing changing your understanding and appreciation of the church?
  2. What are Peter and John doing? Why? Why is it important for us to remember that these men were Jews and thought of the gospel as Jewish good news and the fulfillment of God’s promises to the Jews? What happens when we divorce Jesus from Israel?
  3. How would you describe Peter and John’s interaction with this man? Do your interactions with beggars look like this? Why? Why does the Bible emphasize eye contact in verse 4? What does this teach us generally about church? How can you “look straight at” people and let them look at you?
  4. Why don’t Peter and John give money to the man? What do they give him? What does it mean to always give “what I do have”? How can you imitate them? Do you have courage to pray for/with people? Do you believe God heals? When has God healed you physically, emotionally, spiritually?
  5. In Acts 2, the disciples went to the temple everyday, but it is only on this day that they heal him. How many times do you think they had passed him? What does this show us about God’s healing time and decision?
  6. How did people respond to the healing? How should this motivate us to seek healing and recount stories of personal transformation?
  7. What doe Peter and John preach? How is this like Peter’s sermon in Acts 2? Why would Acts record this sermon, when it’s so similar to Acts 2, instead of just saying, “Peter told them about Jesus”? How does Peter jump from the healing to the cross and resurrection? How can you transition from an everyday moment to the cross?
  8. What is so threatening to the Sadducees and guard? When have you seen Christians villainized for helping people?
  9. What is the crux of Peter’s comments to them? What does verse 12 mean? This is the 3rd “sermon” in Acts. What have we learned about preaching from these 3?
  10. What did the leaders notice about Peter and John in verse 13? These are the people that make church powerful. Do you resonate with them?
  11. How did the apostles respond to this confrontation and command? What did the church do together? How can we do this? What do the apostles pray for? Safety or boldness? Which would you rather have? Would you rather be part of a safe church or a bold church?
  12.  Pray Acts 4:29-30 over Oakland.
  13.  What do you learn about church from Acts 4:32-37? How does it make you feel?
  14. How do you feel reading about Ananias and Sapphira? What was there sin? What does this teach us about the holiness of God and his Church? Why are we so uncomfortable with this kind of holiness that hates sin? Why is lying so despicable? Would you join the church if you heard this story? Why did people?

Weekly Reading Plan – March 29-April 5, 2020

DAY 1 – GAL 3.13-26 – PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO ANNOY YOU

DAY 2 – JOHN 16:33 AND 2 THESS 3:16 – PRAY FOR PEACE FROM GOD

DAY 3 – PHIL 4:6-9 – PRAY FOR A HELPFUL, HEALTHY, AND HOLY THOUGHT LIFE

DAY 4 – EPHESIANS 2:14-18 – PRAY FOR BELIEVERS’ RADICAL UNITY IN CHRIST

DAY 5 – PROVERBS 14:30 AND PSALM 85:8 – PRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO HAVE PEACE

  1. What are the fruit of the Spirit? What is the opposite of peace? What is the opposite according to Galatians 5:15, 19-21, and verse 25? Does peace in Gal 5:22 deal more with feelings or relationships? 
  2. Which of your relationships are most peaceful? Which are most contentious? Are you acting as a peacemaker in that relationship? How can you? 
  3. Which fruit of the spirit are necessary to enjoy emotional peace and relational peace? What is the connection between the two? 
  4. What did Jesus come to give us in John 16:33? How does Jesus give us peace? Is the peace Jesus offers the absence of trouble? Of stress? Of danger? Then what is it? 
  5. When does Paul want us to have peace? Where does this peace come from? How do we open our hands to receive such a gift? Is it possible to have peace while experiencing negative emotions such as sadness, grief, anger, or fear? How so? 
  6. Phil 4 gives us a formula for entering God’s peace? How can we welcome God’s gift of peace? How can we welcome it internally? How can we apply these words to our relationships and our enemies? How can we focus on the good, noble, pure in the annoying people around us rather than their imperfections? 
  7. What does Phil 4 call God? What do you call God? 
  8. What is the foundation for the peace between Christians in Ephesians 2? Why are we so easily divided? Why do Christians fight so much? How can we embrace the people God has put in our families and our church (both of whom God chose for us)? 
  9. What does God promise in Psalm 85:8? What is the physical result of a peaceful heart? What are the benefits of resting in Jesus’ finished work? What are the benefits of promoting peace with others? 

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – October 11-18

Who is Jesus (Part 1) - Matt 11.1-19 Reading Slide

 

 

 

 

 

Questions to Guide Your Study:

  1. What do you think John was hearing about Jesus? Why do you think John was confused about Jesus after preaching about Jesus?
  2. Do you think being in prison affected John’s faith in Jesus? Do your circumstances affect your faith? What did John do? How can you do the same?
  3. Jesus’ response to John quotes Isaiah 35 and 61. What is Jesus saying? Both passages are about the coming Savior King, so who is Jesus claiming to be?
  4. What do you think John felt when he heard this reply in jail?
  5. Who does Jesus say John the Baptist is? Why is that important for Jesus’ identity?
  6. What have been the major complaints against John and Jesus? How is this ironic? What does this say about the people of Jesus’ time and people in general?
  7. How do you complain against what Jesus does or doesn’t do? How can you learn to trust his goodness?
  8. Wisdom is and wisdom does. What does it mean to “act wisely”?
  9. Daniel 9 is a great prayer of repentance and recommitment? What does it teach us about God? About Humans?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – Sept 6 – 13

The Kings Driving Passion Reading Plan Matt 10

Questions to Guide Your Study:

  1. This week, we’ll keep the readings short to encourage concentrated study. These are pivotal but often overlooked verses.
  2. How does Jesus FEEL about the crowds? What motivates his mission? What motivates his appointment of the apostles? How do you feel about non-Christians? What motivates your mission?
  3. What does Jesus call “the Harvest”? Who are the workers? How hard do workers labor at Harvest? Why do they work so hard?
  4. Before Jesus gives the disciples instructions, what does he give them (vs 1)? If you’re not comfortable sharing the gospel, why is this important and good news?
  5. List Jesus’ instructions for the disciples step by step. Next to each, think about WHY Jesus includes this step. And journal about how you should obey each of these instructions. Which makes you most uncomfortable? Which is most exciting?
  6. In 1 Peter 2 and 2 Corinthians 5, what is the natural impulse of saved people? What motivates us to share the gospel?
  7. Write down 3 names of real people you will pray for and try to start a God-conversation with.

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – July 19 – July 26

Matt 6.19-34 - Reading Slide - The Kings Speech (part 5)

 Questions to Guide You:

  1. Which verse in Matthew 6:19-34 grabs your attention? Which verse will you memorize?
  2. What does it look like to store up treasures on earth? In heaven? How can you better treasure Jesus this week?
  3. How are worry and faith related? How are money and worry spiritual problems? What does worry reveal about us and our relationships?
  4. Why do Matthew and Hebrews tell us not to worry and not to love money? How do you know when you’re in love with money?
  5. Americans are among the top 10% of wealthiest people on the planet, so we should pay attention to what the Bible tells “rich” people. What does Timothy tell the “rich” people in the church? What about James? Why the different approaches?
  6. How can you be a better rich person in the world and in the church?
  7. Both Proverbs 23 and Psalm 127, worn us about wearing ourselves out, how are you feeling right now? You are especially vulnerable to temptation when exhausted, so how can you rest and savor God’s goodness this week?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 31 – June 7

Matt 4.1-11 - Reading Plan Slide 5.31-6.7

 Questions to Guide You:

  1. Who led Jesus into the desert? Why was Jesus led into the wilderness?
  2. Who tempts us? How does he tempt us? What does he tempt us to do?
  3. What did the Devil tempt Jesus with? What happens if he turns stone into bread? Commands angels to carry him in front of Israel? Worships the Devil?
  4. What did the Devil use to argue with Jesus that he should give in? What did Jesus use to shoot down these temptations?
  5. How can you be like Jesus when tempted?
  6. How can Jesus’ temptation and Heb 2:17-18 and Heb 4:15-16 encourage you?
  7. Jesus is led into the wilderness to be tempted, immediately following an awesome experience of God the Father’s love in baptism. Have you ever experienced temptation after a “mountain top” experience?
  8. What does 1 Cor 10 promise us in ever temptation?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – April 19 – April 26

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 1 Reading Plan - 4.19-4.26

 

Questions to Guide You:
  1. After hearing a sermon on Matt 1:1-17, what stands out in this list?
  2. Seeing Jesus embarrassing family tree, what parts of your family’s story do you hope to see God redeem?
  3. How does the Spirit do the same thing in Gen 1 and Matt 1? Gen 17 and Matt 1? How does Jesus fulfill the promise in Gen 12?
  4. What do you think Joseph and their families thought when Mary was found to be pregnant?
  5. Why did Joseph want to divorce her quietly? What does it say about marriage, that even engaged people needed a “divorce”?
  6. The name Jesus is Greek for the Hebrew name Joshua, which means “The LORD saves.” Who was Joshua in the OT and how is Jesus like him and better than him?
  7. How do you think God would feel if he had to live your life with your family, friends, and job? How would God respond to the pain you’ve suffered? If Jesus is “God with Us”, how was his life like yours?
  8. What does it mean to be “human”? How was Jesus human?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – March 15-21

John 18 - Reading Plan

Questions to Guide You:
1. How does Jesus respond to his arrest? How do his disciples respond?
2. Why do the soldiers and officials fall down when Jesus says, “I AM”?
3. What assumptions or prejudices do the characters in the story have?
4. What surprised you in the story?
5. Are you surprised by Peter’s behaviors? Why do you think he acted 
this way?
6. What does Pilate think of Jesus and “truth”? How are Pilate’s questions like those of our time?
7. Who do the Jews want? What does Pilate want? What does Jesus want? What do you want?
8. When you picture the story in your imagination, what emotions are Jesus feeling? What does his face look like as Pilate asks him questions or as the man hits him?
9. In your imagination what are the disciples feeling?

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