Going Deeper Bible Study

March 29, 2020 – What did you hear in the Scripture reading and the sermon? What is God saying to you? What do we learn about Jesus in the “darkness” of Lazarus’ sickness and death?What do we learn about ourselves? Respond. If this is God’s word to you, what will you do? Here are some prompts to help guide your response. One or…Read More

March 22, 2020 – What did you hear in the Scripture reading and the sermon? What is God saying to you? What is Jesus saying about blindness? What is Jesus telling us about himself? Respond.If this is God’s word to you, what will you do? Here are some prompts to help guide your response. One or more may apply to you. Be sure to be…Read More

March 15, 2020 – Here is what Israel has experienced in the last several months: God inflicted Egypt with a series of plagues forcing their Pharaoh to release Israel from slavery. God parted the Red Sea so that Israel could escape the pursuing Egyptian Army. Once Israel was safely through, the waters crashed down and wiped out the Egyptian Army…Read More

March 8, 2020 – Take a moment to think long and hard about the people and things in your life that you lean on to feel whole, secure, happy and at peace. What are some of those people and things? What would it be like to give them up? Read Genesis 12:1. What exactly is God asking Abram to give up? (Remember that in Abram’s day, there was no…Read More

March 1, 2020 – Read Genesis 2:15-17. What two things has God given to Adam? What is the one thing that he has withheld? What is the punishment if Adam takes the one thing? Read Genesis 3:1-6. How does the serpent get the man and the woman (Adam and Eve) to do the one thing God told them not to do? What lie does the serpent get… Read More 

February 23, 2020 – Epiphany is the season where we learn stories that show us who Jesus is. No other event, except for Jesus’ death and resurrection, tells us more about his identity than the Transfiguration (Jesus’ big change). Here in Matthew 17:1-9 God pulls back the veil and we see a glimpse of Jesus’ glory. As you read this…Read More

February 16, 2020 – Last week we learned that Jesus came to restore for us a full and complete understanding of God’s Law. He does this for two reasons: First, he leads us down the “poor in spirit” path. He teaches us that we need God’s forgiveness every day because we can’t keep God’s Law. Second, he leads us down the path to…Read More

February 9, 2020 – After giving us a vision for life in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus, in Matthew 5:13-20, paints us a picture of what it looks like to be a faithful disciple. He calls us the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” Read Matthew 5:13-16. Salt was valuable both as a seasoning and to preserve food. What is salt good for if it can no… Read More

February 2, 2020 – Jesus gives us a new set of glasses to prepare us for life in his new kingdom, which will be unlike any kingdom the world has ever seen. These glasses, called the Beatitudes, helps us see what Jesus sees when he sees a “blessed” person. Blessed simply means “happy” or someone people would want to be.  How would you describe…Read More

January 26, 2020 – Epiphany means “to show or reveal” and during this season we are learning stories that reveal Jesus’ identity to us. Read Matthew 4:12-16. In this passage Matthew connects Jesus’ move to Galilee to a prophecy by Isaiah. What does Isaiah’s prophecy tell us about Jesus’ identity? Imagine you are one of those people living…Read More

January 19, 2020 – Epiphany means to “reveal” and during this season of Epiphany we learn Jesus’ true identity from events in his life. John the Baptist is an important prophet during Epiphany because he has much to tell us about Jesus. His whole baptizing mission is to reveal Jesus to Israel. Read John 1:29-35. What does John have to tell…Read More

January 5, 2020 – In Matthew 2:1-12 we find a curious story where God announces the birth of Jesus the Messiah to people we would never expect. He encodes the message in the stars, where his own people could not read it. The people of Israel were prohibited from practicing astrology, searching for divine messages from the stars…Read More

December 29, 2019 – In Paul’s day (the author of Galatians), only sons could inherit property from their parents. That is what makes his statement in Galatians 3:26-4:7 so radical: “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ … There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus…Read More

December 22, 2019 – Matthew 1:18-25 tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Names in this story are very important as they reveal Jesus’ identity and his mission. Here are some key names: Jesus’ adoptive father is called “Joseph Son of David.” David was Israel’s greatest king and God promised him that one of his sons (descendants) would be…Read More

December 15, 2019 – James, the half-brother of Jesus, is the author of the book of James. He served as the leader of the world’s first church, the church of Jerusalem. This was a community that experienced poverty, hunger, persecution, imprisonment, and even the murder of some of its members. James himself…Read More

December 8, 2019 – Paul tells us in Romans 15:4-13 that God is a God of encouragement and endurance. One of the ways he gives us encouragement is through the Scriptures. The Scriptures remind us of what God has done for us in the past. They also point to what God will do for us in the future. The Scriptures give us hope and hope is the…Read More

December 1, 2019 – Paul wants us to know what time it is in Romans 13:11-14: ‘The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.’ The reign of sin and death is almost over, the coming of Jesus is almost here. If the night is almost over, then it is time for us to wake up! We need to get ready for Jesus’ coming. This is what the season of Advent is… Read More

November 24, 2019 – James tells us that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). Elijah is our example of the powerful prayers of righteous person (James 5:17-18; check out also 1 Kings 17-18). He is an ordinary person like us and yet he prayed and it stopped raining for three and a half years! Then he prayed again and…Read More

November 17, 2019 – Paul is in prison facing execution. He is at the end of his life, so he writes one last letter to Timothy, a young man that he trained as a follower of Jesus and church leader. He gives some of his final instructions in 2 TImothy 2:1-10. He urges Timothy to entrust the message he has given him, the good news about Jesus, to faithful…Read More

November 10, 2019 – If Jesus’ death is enough to pay for all our sins, why not sin more so that we can get more grace and forgiveness from God? That is the question Paul answers in Romans 6:1-14 and he answers this question by pointing to our baptism. This is the picture baptism gives us. When we are put under the water, our old self is…Read More

November 3, 2019 – It is the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. His death will come as a shock to his disciples. Jesus wants to explain his death to followers, so he uses a meal. Luke 22:13-21 tells us that Jesus uses a Passover meal to give meaning to his death. This meal, which we call Communion, is the central way we remember Jesus’ death….Read More

October 27, 2019 – Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 that the church is like a body. Through baptism by the Holy Spirit, we become part of the church, which Paul calls the body of Christ. Just as a body is made up of many parts, each having their own function, so also, we are the parts of the body of Christ and each of us has a…Read More

October 20, 2019 – Jesus is the Living Stone. He was rejected and nailed to a cross, but God raised him from the dead, making him the precious and chosen cornerstone of a new temple that God is building in the world. If Jesus is the Living Stone, then we are the living stones of this temple, built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, the temple…Read More

October 13, 2019 – God created the world in six days, but rested on the seventh, not because he was exhausted, but to give our world rhythm: work six days, but rest and enjoy him on the seventh. God rested because we need rest.  This special day was called a Sabbath and it is laid out in Exodus 20:1-2, 8-11. The Israelites in the…Read More

October 6, 2019 – Each person who believes in Christ receives spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit, which are to be used to love others, serve God, strengthen the church, and tell others about Jesus. These gifts are natural abilities, things that you love to do, experiences, skills, and education that you can use in the service of God…Read More

September 29, 2019 – The gospel, the good news about Jesus, says that if we put our faith in Jesus, then we are his chosen and beloved people. Paul encourages us to live life as people who truly are chosen and beloved by God. This life includes a number of practices. One of these practices is community worship, which Paul describes in… Read More

September 22, 2019 – Paul devoted his life to teaching people to follow Jesus.  One of the cities where Paul made disciples and started a new church was Thessalonica. 1 Thessalonians is a letter from Paul to this church.  In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-14 (focus on verse 8), he explains how he taught people to follow Jesus through discipling friendshipsRead More

September 15, 2019 – James wants us to pray in all circumstances. He wants us to pray alone. He wants us to pray with others. He wants prayer, especially prayer with others, to become a lifestyle.  James 5:13-18 encourages us to pray in each of these circumstances: pray when life gets hard, sing songs of praise to God when life…Read More

September 8, 2019 – Paul introduces our God to the Athenians. He wants them to know several things about him: 1. God made everything and doesn’t need anything from us. 2. God created all people from one man (Adam), and he set the time and place for every person to live. These truths change our lives in so many ways, but we will…Read More

September 1, 2019 – A disciple’s life rhythm is a rhythm of grace: God initiates and we respond. This rhythm is reflected in our spiritual practices. We listen and respond to God in prayer and Bible reading. The practice of being generous with our time, money, and talent is also a response to God’s generosity to us. In 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Paul…Read More

August 25, 2019 – The cornerstone of the life of a disciple or follower of Jesus is having a relationship with God.  This relationship has a basic rhythm: we listen to God and we respond to him. We do this through daily prayer and we do this through daily Bible reading. So how do we listen and respond to God while reading the Bible. James reminds us that… Read More

August 18, 2019 – Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. Last week we learned silence to help us listen to God, but how do we respond back to him? Jesus’ answer to this question is what we call the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:2-4). The Lord’s Prayer is patterned after what Jesus identified as the Great Commandment: “’Love the Lord your… Read More

August 11, 2019 – Sometimes the hardest thing to do in the world is to do nothing, especially when the pressures of life are crashing in on you. This was true of Israel in Isaiah 30:15-18. The Assyrian Empire was invading their country and the people were afraid. God calls to them and asks them to simply trust him. Israel runs to Egypt instead… Read More

August 4, 2019 – If healthy disciples are multiplying trees, then the soil is God’s presence in the community that fosters the growth and multiplication of disciples of Jesus. The nutrients in the soil are people who model for us what it looks like to follow Jesus. Paul teaches us in Philippians 3:17-21 that following Jesus means… Read More

July 28, 2019 – Listen. Just as trees need good soil in order to grow and multiply, disciples of Jesus need a good community to follow Jesus and make new followers Jesus.  What is the soil that disciples need to grow? It is God’s presence in the church through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), which creates a community that is focused on the… Read More

July 21, 2019 – Listen. The purpose of an apple tree is to produce more apple trees. Everything God created in the natural world is made to reproduce. The same is true of followers of Jesus. Disciples exist to make new followers of Jesus.  This is why Jesus called his disciples to do two things in Mark 1:14-20: “Come, follow me”… Read More

July 14, 2019 – Listen.  If the end product of a high school education is a diploma, what is the “fruit” of a disciple of Jesus. The answer can be found in two of Jesus’ most important teachings: the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:35-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). In other words, our goal as disciples is to love God more than… Read More

July 7, 2019 – Listen.  Being a disciple of Jesus is like a tree. The roots are our identity as sons and daughters of God. The trunk is the servant’s heart of Christ. Both of these must be in place if we are to use our spiritual gifts to serve God and his church. These gifts are the branches and leaves of the tree. Romans 12:1-8 calls us to worship God with our… Read More

June 30, 2019 – Listen.  A healthy and mature follower of Jesus looks like a tree. Last week we saw that our tree is rooted in our identity as sons and daughters of God. This week we learn that the trunk of the tree is the servant heart of Christ (John 13:1-17).Jesus, on the night of his arrest, knowing that his Father had given him all power and… Read More

June 23, 2019 – Listen. The Bible compares a healthy disciple (follower) of Jesus to a tree. The root system of that tree, which keeps us standing during the storms of life, is our identity. If our identity is rooted in who we are in Christ, our tree will be able to stand. If our identity is rooted in anything else, we will fall… Read More

June 16, 2019 – Listen. Psalm 1 contrasts a righteous life with a wicked life. A righteous life is one that is “right” with God. It is a life of wisdom, where someone listens to God, lives His teaching and helps others do the same. A righteous life is what a life of a disciple of Jesus looks like.A disciple who lives a righteous life delights in God’s teaching, mediates on it… Read More

June 9, 2019 – Read Acts 2:1-12 and think about these questions: Listen. Acts 2 describes the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is as important as the coming of Jesus the Son of God. What does it look and sound like when the Holy Spirit comes? What power is given to the disciples of Jesus who are gathered in Jerusalem? What are they able to do? For whose… Read More

June 2, 2019 – Read John 17:20-26 and think about these questions: Listen. Jesus prays not only for his disciples, he prays for “those who will believe in me through their message”, which means he is praying for us. What specifically does he pray for us and why? Respond. Think about Jesus’ prayer for us. Be personal and specific as you think about the…Read More

May 26, 2019 – Read John 14:23-29 and think about these questions: Listen. What will we do if we truly love God? Why do you think GOd promises us the Holy Spirit as a reward for our obedience if we need the Holy Spirit to be obedient for God? Isn’t God asking us to do the impossible? What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives? What will he do for… Read More

May 12, 2019 – Read John 10:22-30 and think about these questions: Listen. Why can’t the Jews who are questioning Jesus believe that he is the Messiah? What does it mean to be one of God’s sheep? What do God’s sheep do? What does God do for his sheep?Respond. How does the truth that we are sheep belonging to our Good… Read More

May 5, 2019 – Read John 21:1-19 and think about these questions: Listen: With the miracle and conversation with Peter in mind, how is Jesus preparing his disciples (Peter in particular) for his return to heaven? What is he trying to teach them so they can carry out his mission on earth?Respond: Which of Jesus’ lessons for the disciples … Read More

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