Bible Readings for April 4-10

2 Peter 3

In what ways might it be easy for us to assume that the promise of Christ’s return might have been overlooked? What reminder do you hold on to in order to not forget Christ’s coming return?

How does the slowness of Christ’s return and the desire of God to see people come to repentance motivate you to help people find faith in Jesus?

What are you looking forward to most about God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth?

Mark 1

As you read through Mark 1, what is different about the start of this gospel in comparison to the other three? Why do you think this is the case?

Are you surprised at the first recorded words of Jesus here? What might you have expected if not these words? How would you have started your public ministry if you were in Jesus’ shoes?

Why do you think Jesus—the Son of God—felt compelled to go off to a solitary place and pray? How can you schedule more time for solitude and prayer in your life?

Mark 2

What sort of relationship do you think the paralytic had with the four men carrying him? Why do you think this is the case? How does this compare to the relationships you have with others?

Three (at least) of the stories in this chapter involve the Pharisees. Why do you sense the Pharisees were so focused on rule-keeping and maintaining holiness versus Jesus’ desire to call to him those who were lost? Which of these categories would you say you fit into?

Mark 3

The story of the man with the withered hand is the only place in the gospels where we are specifically told that Jesus was angry. What’s it take to make Jesus angry? How does this compare to what makes you angry and what might need to change in your life based on this reflection?

We often talk about belonging to the “family of God.” What does Jesus say it takes to be a part of his family? How “family” are you and how can you be even more so that way?

Mark 4

In what ways have you felt like each of the four different soils Jesus describes in this parable? What are you doing to try to be as healthy a soil as possible?

How is it that Jesus could sleep in the middle of this storm?

Why do you think “do not fear” is one of if not the most often used command Jesus tells others? How has knowing Jesus reduced fear in your life?

Bible Readings for March 28-April 3

1 Peter 3

Why is the respect and love husbands and wives show each other so important for the life of believers, but also unbelievers? How have you seen this to be true?

What things are you doing to cultivate the inner beauty of your heart?

Although it seems difficult to do, how can you bless those who act out of evil motives toward you?

What is the reason for the hope you have in Jesus Christ? How can you share that hope with someone today?

1 Peter 4

How do you live self-controlled and sober-minded lives in preparation for the end, which Peter says is near?

In what ways can you demonstrate earnest love for others?

Do you remember to glorify God in everything you do? How can you do this better?

1 Peter 5

What does it look like to be subject to the elders?

What anxieties are you dealing with today? How can you give them to God, who cares for you?

2 Peter 1

Do you ever feel ineffective and unfruitful in your faith? How might focusing on virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love help those feelings?

How can you in turn help others remember and think more about these qualities?

2 Peter 2

Do you think Peter would identify false prophets in our world today? Who would these people be and what would be the focus of their message?

How comfortable are we reading about God’s punishment on those who do not follow him? Why is God’s punishment an important part of his judgment and even his grace?