Luke 24: 13-35

Thoughts for the Message:

  1. Consider trips you have taken by car, foot, air, or sea. Which one(s) stand out, and why?
  2. When has walk/talk with a “stranger” been self-revalatory for you?
  3. Name a destination on your bucket list and why it made the cut. How will you plan/pack for it? What awaits you there, or maybe, even, en route?

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Seeing for Ourselves

John 20: 19-31

Thoughts on the Message

  1. We’ve all heard the phrase, “You have to see this to believe it.” What things have you had to see in order to believe?
  2. Thomas often gets a “bad rap” because of this text. Do you think that assessment of Thomas is fair or unfair? Why?
  3. On Easter, Pastor Michelle said, “Faith is not the absence of doubt. Faith is belief without proof, but not without questions.” What has helped you believe without proof in the midst of questions?
  4. Are there individuals or groups who have helped you to believe, without proof, in the midst of questions? Who were they and how did they help?

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Matthew 21: 1-11

Thoughts for the Message:

  1. When have you “waved palm branches or cheered with a crowd” to “fit in”? How comfortable are you with dissonance? What’s at stake?
  2. When have you marched towards “death”? Towards more meaningful “life”?
  3. What meaning does Holy Week hold for you?

 

photo credit: Where the Way Leads © Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com

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Ezekiel 37: 1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord
And he set me down in the middle of a valley, it was full of bones…
And he said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?”
~Ezekiel 37: 1-2

Questions to consider:

  1. When and under what circumstances have you felt all dried up?  Lifeless?
  2. What sustains you in the ‘desert?’
  3. What does it look like you/the church to be ‘spirited’ or ‘invigorated?’

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Luke 7: 36-8: 3

1. Name some good things about being conventional/safe/predictable.
2. Name some ‘conventions’ Christians/ church could do without and why.
(How do we know when a  convention is no longer useful?)
3. What is so attractive to Jesus for the churched?  The unchurched?
4. How do you/I ‘market’ or model, Jesus?

 

Photo Credit: “A Love of Flying —upside down” by Rob Shenk(CC BY-SA 2.0)

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