Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dazzling Reign - March 6, 2011

Share one of your most memorable experiences (Holy encounter) in life
with us.

Read Matthew 17: 1-9. What catches your attention in this holy reading?

What do you think happened to Jesus up on that mountain?

What does it mean to be transfigured (transformed)?

Read Matthew 3:17 and Matthew 17:5. What do you notice about these two

Why does God tell us to “Listen to what Jesus says” only in the latter
scripture (Matthew 17:5) of the two?

How might listening to Jesus help the disciples, and us, to change?

How long do you think Jesus lived after this life-changing experience?

When Jesus was changed right in front of the disciples eyes, he was
shining like the sun, then Moses and Elijah were there talking. What do
you think went through the disciples' minds?

What did they say and do as this happened?

What would you be thinking if you were there?

After this fascinating event, the disciples were instructed not to tell
anyone about this until after the Son of Man had been raised from death.
Would you follow Jesus’ instructions? If not, who would you tell, and

Read Romans 12:2. Be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
How can Jesus’ words encourage you and I to be open to God’s transforming

When you see something spectacular happen, what goes through your mind?

Challenge: (Post all answers to questions on face book.)
How old would Moses, Elijah, and Jesus be today?

REMINDER: Fat Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, March 8th at Mike and
Cyndi Patterson’s home, 7:00 PM.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Putting Love First - February 27, 2011

Make a list of things that demand your time, your attention, and your

Which item on the list above is most important and which is least

What must you do to seek God’s way and participate in the present and
future reign of God?

How often must you (I) focus on God?

What happens when we focus on ourselves and our needs instead of focusing
on God?

Matthew 6:24
Do we every worry? What causes us to worry? What do we worry about?

Matthew 6:25-34
What happens when we realize God is present in our lives?

Who is God?

How might we attend to God’s presence?

Once we know God and know what God desires, we can what?

What is first and foremost with God?

How can the worries of this world distract us from a relationship with

How do the birds and wildflowers celebrate God?

In church we celebrate that God cares for us. How does this celebrating
bring us closer to God?

Challenge (must have name of person and scripture (book/chapter/verse)
posted on facebook, along with answers to questions above): What lady
waited four score and 4 years to meet Jesus, and how did she honor

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Expanding Our Boundaries - February 20, 2011

What does it mean to be mature?

Do you ever try to “get even” with anybody?
What usually happens when we retaliate?

How can we seek justice without retaliating?

Matthew 5:38-42
Do you go the extra mile? Give examples.
What gives you the power to choose to do more than is required of you?

Do you regularly greet people you don’t know? How?

Who do you usually pray for?

Matthew 5:43-48
Who should we love?
Who should we be sure to pray for?
What prayer might we pray if someone has hurt or offended us?

Leviticus 19:9-18
Which of these commands catches your minds attention?
Why does it catch your attention?

Who is your neighbor?
What is difficult about being a good neighbor?

Bonus Challenge: To win a $20 gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse, you
must be the first partnership team to post all answers to the questions
above on the church’s facebook discussion page (Church of the Good
Sheperd-NB), plus give the correct answer and scripture to the following.

What company has a motto of being a good neighbor? AND
What story does Jesus tell of a person being a good neighbor to someone
outside his circle of friends?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

From the Heart - February 13, 2011

Where does God live in the world today?

If Jesus lived with you, ate breakfast with you, rode to school or work with you, was your best friend all day long, and came home with you at night to study, relax and sleep, would you have to change anything you say or do, or do you live as if he is with you all the time? What might you have to change?

What does it mean to you to be loyal to someone?

Matthew 5:27-30
What does Jesus tell us about our thoughts and our actions?

When you speak is it more important to be polite and friendly, or to say exactly what you mean?

Matthew 5:33-37
What does Jesus tell you about what you say?
What does this scripture say to you about being honest?

What can you tell me about being angry?

Do you think God ever gets angry?

Matthew 5:21-26
What does Jesus say in this scripture about never being angry?

Is it possible for good people to do bad things?

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
What choices do we have to make according to God in this reading?

What is really fun and exciting when you worship the Lord your God?

Find the scripture (chapter and verse) which states:
“I seek you with all of my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.”
Hint: It comes out of the longest chapter in the Bible.