Weekly Reading Plan – March 22-29, 2020

DAY 1 – GAL 3.13-26 – PRAY FOR CHANCES TO LOVE

DAY 2 – 1 COR 13 – PRAY FOR HOW TO GIVE REAL AGAPE LOVE

DAY 3 – 1 JOHN 3:11-18 – PRAY AGAINST APATHY

DAY 4 – 1 JOHN 4:7-21 – PRAY FOR AN INTIMATE CHURCH FAMILY

DAY 5 – PROVERBS 19:22 – PRAY FOR RIGOROUS HONESTY

  1. What are the fruit of the Spirit? How does love fulfill all commands? Can you love without serving? Why is love listed first? How would love preclude the works of the flesh? How would love create the other fruit? How are the other fruit necessary for love? 
  2. What is LOVE? Where do we learn to love? Is love an emotion? Are there different kinds of love? If so, what kind is this? What makes you feel most loved? How do you try to love people? How do you show your love? 
  3. How does 1 Cor 13 define a successful life? How do Americans tend to define success? What’s the difference? Can you be really religious without being good at love? How hard to people try? Are you better at religious show or love? 
  4. What do verses 4-8 teach you about love? Replace the word love with your name and reread it. How did that sound? Are you characterized by by love according to this text? What attributes of love do you most lack? 
  5. What did John learn about love from Jesus? What does it mean to hate someone? Why is hatred equal to murder? Who do you hate or resent? What would it take to love and forgive them? 
  6. Where does 1 John 3:16 teach us love? Who would you die for? Does Jesus really expect us to be willing to die for church members? How is this different than we usually think about church? How does your love measure against 1 John 3:17-18? Do you have pity or suspicion for needy people? 
  7. How can we fight against the cliché in 1 John 4? Who initiates the love in 1 John 4:7-12? Do you initiate love like that towards others? Who keeps loving even when the recipient rejects it? Do you persist in loving difficult people? 
  8. Christians are supposed to love supernaturally, more than anywhere else on the planet. Do they? Have you ever felt more love, acceptance, belonging, care elsewhere (perhaps in a club, sports team, bar)? Why? Why are churches not known for our love?
  9. What is one thing you could do to make Oakland a more radically loving place? What is one thing Oakland could do collectively? 
  10. According to Prov 19:22, what is the basis of all love? Is it possible to be love and lie? Why would we? How do lies, even small ones, destroy intimacy? 

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – July 17 – 24

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.

Matt 18.6-9 - Reading Plan -  July 17-24.2016 - A Beautiful Mess - Stumbling Church

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 see that our selfish sin, even secret sin has community consequences.

  • Matt 18 started with the self-promoting question, “Who is the greatest?” and now turns to the dangers of self-pleasuring. In Matt 17, we talked about things that are not sins, but might cause others to sin (like drinking, attire, and dance). Here we’re talking about things that are sin (lust, drunkenness, adultery, etc), and cause others to sin too.
  • How can we cause others to sin? How can we put a stumbling block before them?
  • How does my sin, even secret sin, affect and infect others? What sins have you committed this week that involved others or led others astray?
  • What does Paul say should happen to those who lead others astray?
  • In Gen 20, 2 Sam 11, and 2 Kings 21 ask, “How does _____ sin? How does it affect/infect others? Why does he sin? Have you ever sinned for the same reasons? What would have happened if he acted from faith instead of fear? How does each sin replace God with something/someone else, and how is God the better option for protection, pleasure, or provision?
  • Rev 2 is two letters to churches? What is God concerned about in each church? What does he ask? What does he threaten? What does he promise?
  • How does Church community show us our sins and consequences? How is that good news for our spiritual growth? If you never saw the affect of your sin on others would you ever quit? Likewise, if there were no consequences or punishments, what sins would commit? That is why we need the church and more so repentance and Jesus.
  • What does our potential to trip others say about our potential to grow others? How does church help us mentor and influence others?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – October 25 – November 1

For the Joy Reading Plan Part 1

Questions to Guide Your Study:

  • This week, we want to think about the GENEROSITY OF GOD, by remembering all the things he has given humanity. So as you read these passages, make a list of the things God has given.
  • What has God given to humanity in general and you specifically?
  • In Titus, Jesus gives his life to ransom us. What was his motivation according to Titus and Hebrews?
  • Why does God give to us? Why is God repeatedly generous?
  • What does God give to human beings in Genesis 1? I can think of at least 5. Which of these is the most impressive?
  • Ezekiel 20 is a recap chapter in the Bible. What gifts did God give to Israel? What promises did God give? Why did God give the law and commandments?
  • How do people respond to God’s gifts most often? In the Old Testament, how did people respond to God’s generosity?
  • What is the greatest display of God’s generosity? What does God give in John 3:16? Why?
  • What does Jesus give in John 20?
  • What is the right response to a give given in love? What are the wrong ways to treat or approach gifts? How do you generally treat God’s gifts?

If you are new to reading the Bible and would benefit from a brief orientation, download this How To Use This Book. If you want dig a deeper into the Bible, download this Guide to Inductive Bible Study.

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – June 14-21

Matt 5.1-18 Reading Slide - The Kings Speech (part 1)

 Questions to Guide You:

  1. What does it mean to be “blessed”? Who do you consider blessed? What are some blessings you pray for?
  2. Who does Jesus call blessed? Why do you think he calls these people blessed?
  3. How does Jesus’ “blessed” redefine the world “blessed?”
  4. In Luke 4, Jesus uses Isaiah 61:1-3, as his mission statement, how does he accomplish this in Matt 5?
  5. Where do you see the fruit of the Spirit around you? Who do you see producing the most?
  6. What do you think it means to “lead a quiet life” (1 Thess 4:9-12)? Why does he want us to lead such a life?
  7. When Jesus calls us Salt and Light, what do you think he means? What is Light good for? Salt? How is light and salt both a good thing and bad thing sometimes?
  8. Paul in 2 Cor 2:14-17, describes us as “aroma” that is pleasing to some and abhorrent to others. Why so?

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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 29 – April 4

John 20 - Easter Reading Plan Slide

Questions to Guide You:
1. Why do you think Jesus washed his disciples feet?
2. How would you feel if someone washed your feet? How did the disciples feel?
3. What did Jesus want his disciples to learn?
4. What actions can we do to show love that are as scary, radical, and scandalous as “washing feet”?
5. Who discovers that Jesus is missing? Who first sees Jesus? Why do you think Jesus appeared to them first?
6. One disciple stops at the entrance and one enters the tomb, why the difference? Why does the Bible record the details about the grave clothes?
7. How did the disciples feel when Jesus appeared in the locked room?
8. Which disciple are you like? The beloved disciple? Simon Peter? Mary Magdalene? Thomas?
9. Why was the gospel of John written? Did it succeed?

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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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