Spring Semester 2020

Week One Questions (2/9/20)

  • What stood out to you from the message this AM?
  • What has your experience with prayer been like thus far in your life? If you were to use one or two words to describe your prayer life right now, what would you say?
  • Describe your first memorable encounter with God. What was it like? How did it affect you in the days and weeks that followed?
  • What has been one of the most significant challenges you’ve encountered in your prayer life?
  • If the primary purpose of prayer is to be properly formed, what is one particular area of your life that you recognize needs some healthy formation?

Week Two Questions (2/16/20)

  • Describe your current prayer patterns. How often do you pray? When you have times of focused prayer, do you have a certain model or pattern you follow?
  • What stood out to you from the message and the supporting texts?
  • What is God’s kingdom? Where does it exist?
  • What is God’s will? How can you know the will of God?
  • Many people want to know God’s specific will for their life. Is it right to be asking God for his specific, individual will for our lives when we have not surrendered to his revealed will for us as contained in Scripture? Why or why not?
  • We are taught to pray that god’s kingdom will come and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. What is one particular aspect of “heavenly life” that you as an individual have a particular burden for seeing come to fruition on earth right here and now?

Week Three Questions (2/23/20)

  • What stood out to you from the message and the supporting texts?
  • We have discussed three parts of the Lord’s Prayer so far. Each of the first two sections have turned our focus to God – “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” and “Your Kingdom come, your will be done.” The fourth petition, “Give us today ur daily bread,” is for our need. Why do you think Jesus arranged the prayer in this order?
  • Do your prayers reflect a pattern of seeking God and his will before making requests for yourself? Why or why not?
  • If we really sought God’s will first with our prayers, might some of the things we normally request seem selfish or self-centered?
  • In Matthew 6:11, Jesus uses “our” daily bread rather than “my” daily bread. Try, for a moment, replacing “our” with “my.” What significance does that one word make? Do your prayers include the needs of those around you?
  • When we ask God to give us bread, we are really affirming our dependence on him. Do most Americans see the need for daily trust in God? Why or why not? How might your dependence on God change if you lived in a third world country rather than the U.S.?
  • Jesus is confronted by Satan in Luke 4:3-4. Read this passage and discuss it. What “bread” does Jesus refer to during the conversation?
  • A Semitic poet wrote: Back of the loaf is the snowy flour; Back of the flour, the mill. Back of the mill is the wheat and the sower, and the sun, and the Father’s will. What does this poem tell us about bread?

Week Six Questions (3/15/20)

  • What stood out to you from the message and the supporting texts?
  • What is your initial reaction to the concept of forgiveness? Do you react in denial, anger, self-righteousness, or judgment? Do you perhaps feel hostile toward the whole idea of forgiveness as a necessity?
  • What characteristics in your life might indicate that you haven’t fully forgiven past hurts, even if you know in your head what you need to do?
  • Do you have to feel like forgiving (an emotional response) in order to forgive, or is it a choice of the will? What are you gaining by choosing to hold on to unforgiveness? What are you losing by that choice?
  • Why do you think forgiveness takes courage?
  • What is reconciliation and how is it different from the act of forgiving?