Bible Readings for January 31 – February 6

Matthew 21

How does the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem compare to what you would expect from a conquering king coming into his kingdom?

How did the crowds know they were to welcome Jesus as a coming king?

How do you think you would respond if someone came into our church building and began disrupting things? Is there ever a time when you think this was normal or called for?

Matthew 22

Who do we typically invite to our banquets (both literal and metaphorical banquets)? What would those banquets look like if we invited the least expected folk to take part of them?

How do you love God with all your heart, soul, and mind? How do you love your neighbor? How can you do these things better?

Matthew 23

In a classic example of how NOT to win friends and influence people, Jesus pronounces seven woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. As you read through Jesus’ criticism of the religious leaders, what specific ideas do you have about how to not do these things yourself?

Matthew 24

Why do impressive buildings and other signs of opulence and power attract people’s attention away from Godly power and strength?

How fearful are you of your future and the end times when Jesus returns? In what ways do Jesus’ instructions give you hope and peace, even in the face of potential trouble and hardship?

Matthew 25

What things have you done (or will you do) today to continue to ensure you are ready and anticipating Jesus’ return?

How faithful of a servant are you with what God has entrusted to you?

What can you do “for the least of these” today?

Prayer for the week: “Lord, may we always sing your praises in anticipation of you coming again.”

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Bible Readings for January 24-30

Matthew 16

Jesus’ generation sought signs to prove he was the Messiah sent from God. What does our generation seek to prove God’s presence or value today?

Why do you think Peter went so quickly from saying that Jesus was the Christ, the son of the living God, to saying things that caused Jesus to call him Satan?

What actions demonstrate our commitment to denying ourselves and taking up our crosses?

Matthew 17

How are you listening to Jesus today?

What does it take to have faith “like a grain of mustard seed”?

Matthew 18

What aspects of a child demonstrate a kingdom mindset? Does this describe you?

What do you need to get rid of that is creating for you a temptation to sin, even if getting rid of it might been seen as very drastic?

How often are you willing to forgive someone who sins against you? What does it take to forgive without limit?

Matthew 19

Who are the people we push away from Jesus rather than encouraging them to come to him? How can we draw them to him?

Would your possessions have prevented you from seeking eternal life if you had been the rich man who came to Jesus? Why?

Matthew 20

Why is it human nature to resent those whom we feel like get more than they deserve? How can we reverse this trend?

In what ways do you assume you should receive a select place upon your arrival in heaven?

Prayer for the week: “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

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Bible Readings for January 10-16

Matthew 6

Jesus mentions several practices (or spiritual disciplines) in this chapter that help us grow in our faith. Which of these disciplines do you regularly practice? How have they strengthened your faith?

In a world that provides plenty of fuel for a fire of anxiety, how do you heed Jesus’ words to not be anxious about anything?

Matthew 7

How are you putting the words of Jesus–both the words found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and the words of the gospels–into practice? What looks different in your life because you do what he says to do?

Matthew 8

What does this chapter tell you about the power Jesus possesses?

Matthew 9

How long did it take for you to decide to follow Jesus? What sort of person would cause you to simply get up and follow them, like Matthew did Jesus?

Are you praying for workers to be sent into the Lord’s harvest?

Matthew 10

How do you think you would have reacted to Jesus sending you out like “sheep amongst wolves?” In what ways do people continue to be afraid to rely on Jesus in the midst of trouble?

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