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 Bible Reading Plan – August 8-15

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 18.21-35 - Reading Plan -  Aug 6-13.2016 - A Beautiful Mess - The Forgiving Church

Questions to Guide You:

n this series, “A Beautiful Mess”, we learn the Church is full of people that are simultaneously sinners and saints. This week, we’ll see that in church, we’re going to get hurt. People will sin against us, and we will have to forgive more times than we ever thought possible. This is how we learn grace.

  • “Brother or sister” refers specifically to fellow Christians, so why does Peter ask, “How many times,” if no one hurts one another in church? What does the huge number “7 times 7” or “77 times” tell us about the number of times we’ll have to forgive?
  • Can you think of times, when people in church hurt you? When you hurt them or disappointed them or neglected them? Where you forgiven?
  • How do we process the anger that comes with being hurt according to James 1:19-20?
  • Neh 9 is a prayer of confession, cataloguing Israel’s sin? How many times does God forgive Israel in Neh 9? How does God practice James 1:19-20 in his relationship with humans? How would you respond if you were God? When would you have given up?
  • Who does the King represent? The debtors? Why does the first servant extort the next? What would have prevented this? How are we like the first servant?
  • How does our awareness of God’s forgiveness impact our ability to forgive? How much has God forgiven you? Try to think about the ways God has spared you from consequences?
  • In Luke 7, Jesus says, “Whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Why is this? How can we remind ourselves of our great debts so that we can be more willing to forgive others.
  • In Matt 18 and Luke 7, we see the true nature of forgiveness. When the debt is “forgiven” it is really paid by the king. Forgiveness means I will pay the consequences of your mistake. I will bear the cost, and I will not force you to pay the price. How is forgiving another human for lying, cheating, etc. like paying another’s debt?
  • Write Jeremiah 50:20 out? Where has the record of our guilt and debt gone? How does Jesus pay the debt that was mine to pay?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – Sept 13 – 20

The Kings Driving Passion Reading Plan Matt 10.5-15 - SEPT 13-20

Questions to Guide Your Study:

  1. We read Matt 10:5-15 last week about sharing the gospel. So this week, I’ve chosen very short selections of 4 of my favorite verses to encourage you and excite you about encouraging others.
  2. If Jesus spoke Matt 10:5-15 directly to you, how’d you feel? why?
  3. Jesus says, “Freely you received, freely give.” What have you received from God? Who do you know that needs the same? What has God done for you that you could not do for yourself?
  4. Phil 4:13 is an amazing verse. What have you not done, because you do not believe you can do it? What rough situations or challenging commands, do you need Christ to be in you to carry you through?
  5. What part of being a Christian makes you feel incompetent? Do you feel competent to share God’s message? What does 2 Cor 3 say about our competency? When you’re not enough, who is?
  6. When have you felt protected by God? When you want to hide from the world, where do you run? In Ps 32:7, God sings songs like a mother sings lullabies.
  7. How would your life change if you really believed Psalm 62:5-8?

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How To Use This Book

Learning to use the Bible is not a intuitive thing. Something as basic as finding a passage from a given reference is a skill we use in no other area of life. At Oakland, there are people from all different backgrounds and upbringings, so we don’t assume anyone knows the basics of navigating the Bible. Therefore we have created this simple beginning guide for spiritual explorers hoping to study the Bible for the first times. Enjoy and feel free to share. A PDF of the same image is available HERE.

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 10 – May 17

Youth Sunday - Weekly Reading Plan - May 10 - 17 2015

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. (Ex 7:4-5) What two things will happen because of God’s signs?
  2. People in Egypt look to the Nile for life, so if it turns to blood, what do you think God is saying about the source of life and death?
  3. How do the plagues set Yahweh, the LORD, the God of Moses apart form the Egyptian gods?
  4. When the magicians reproduce the plague/sign, are they helping or hurting? Who brings the plague and relief from the plague?
  5. Who “hardens” Pharaoh’s heart? What does this teach us?
  6. Does Pharaoh ever recognize God’s finger at work or God’s power? What is the difference between this kind of recognition and real faith?
  7. What do these stories teach us about God’s Judgment and God’s Mercy? How are the two connected?
  8. The New Testament calls Jesus our Passover Lamb. How is he like the lambs used during the 10th Plague?
  9. God pronounces judgment not only on Pharaoh but also on the false gods of Egypt, what are our false gods and how is God exposing them?

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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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