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  • Monday, February 25:

    • Read 1 Samuel 14:1-23
      In what way did Jonathan encourage his armor-bearer to step out of his comfort zone?  How did he respond?  What was the importance of the two of them stepping out into the open?  Have you ever been afraid to let people in the world see you as a Christian?  If so, how did you deal with your fear?  What did the armor-bearer risk by stepping forward and moving ahead with Jonathan?
  • Tuesday, February 26:
    • Read 1 Timothy 4:11-16
      From the text, what particular “comfort zone” do you think Timothy had to step out of?  In what areas was Timothy to set an example according to verse 12?  Which of those areas presents the greatest challenge for you personally?  In what way?
  • Wednesday, February 27:
    • Read Titus 2:1-8
      How might Titus have had to step out of his comfort zone in order to follow through with Paul’s instructions?  How does one’s example influence one’s teaching?  Who are you training to follow your example? 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, February 28:
    • Read 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
      In what way is Paul stepping into the open with what he says to the Corinthian believers?  What are the “pros” and “cons” of living your Christian life out in the open for all to see?  How does the final verse of our text challenge you?  Do you think you should be able to say the same thing?  Explain your answer.
  • Friday, February 29:
    • Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
      How had Paul and his fellow workers stepped into the open among the Thessalonians?  Why do you think Paul pointed out his own example?  If you are to be a good model for people to follow, what particular qualities are necessary?
  • Saturday, March 1:
    • Read Philippians 3:1-4:1
      What do you see Paul doing in this text?  What do you think the Lord is teaching about stepping forward and moving ahead in the Christian life?  How does Paul’s example impact you? 
  • Sunday, March 2:
    • Read 1 Peter 2:21-25
      What example from Jesus does Peter encourage Christians to follow?  What does that look like in your daily life?  Are you stepping forward and moving ahead with the example Jesus has given you?  Explain your answer.

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  • Monday, February 11:

    • Read John 21:1-25
      What were Peter and his companions doing when Jesus found them? Why do you think He singled out Peter?  What would Peter have to surrender to show his love for Jesus?  How spiritually intimate was Peter’s relationship with the Lord?  How intimate is your relationship with the Lord?  On a scale of 1-10, rate your level of commitment to Jesus?  [Explain your answer]
  • Tuesday, February 12:
    • Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9
      In order to love the Lord the way He wants to be loved, what things must you surrender to His will?  How does the word “all”, as it’s used in verse 5, impact you?  Give some examples of how you are applying the instructions given in verses 7-9 as it relates to the command given in verse 5.  Do you need improvement?  If so, how?
  • Wednesday, February 13:
    • Read 1 John 4:19-21
      According to John, why do we love?  Why is it true that you cannot love God unless you also love your brother?  What do you have to surrender personally in order to follow this command? 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, February 14:
    • Read Psalm 27
      What is the Psalmist doing in this text? What do you think the Lord is teaching concerning intimacy with Him? How does this impact you?
  • Friday, February 15:
    • Read Revelation 2:1-7
      What were some of the good things the Ephesian church had been doing?  How could they have been doing those good things and still be guilty of “forsaking their first love”?  How does intimacy with God protect against such a thing happening in your life?
  • Saturday, February 16:
    • Read Matthew 22:34-39
      Why do you think Jesus labeled the commandment about loving God as the greatest commandment? Why do you think God singled out the particular areas of the heart, the soul and the mind when it comes to loving Him? In what way does the keeping of this commandment require commitment in your life? 
  • Sunday, February 17:
    • Read Matthew 6:24
      Why is commitment to a single “master” essential? What makes your commitment to God different than any other potential master? What does loving God have to do with serving God?

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  • Monday, February 4:

    • Read Philippians 2:19-24
      In what way does Timothy exemplify the role of a kingdom worker? If Timothy had been lazy and self-centered, how do you think it would have affected his efforts to spread the gospel? How does one’s service enhance one’s witness?
  • Tuesday, February 5:
    • Read John 13:1-17
      What do you see the Lord doing in this text? What is He teaching about the role of service as a worker in His Kingdom? How does this impact you?
  • Wednesday, February 6:
    • Read 1 Corinthians 15:58
      In the context of this chapter, about what are they being told to “stand firm”? How can a person “give himself fully to the work of the Lord” and still work at a secular job, go to school, be involved in life in the community, etc.,? Is spreading the gospel ever worthless? Explain you answer. 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, February 7:
    • Read Colossians 3:22-25
      In what way does Paul’s instructions to believing slaves of his era provide guidelines for Christian workers of today? How is your service to people a reflection of your service to the Lord? How is your service to people? Is there anything that needs improvement? If so, what?
  • Friday, February 8:
    • Read 1 Thessalonians 1
      How does Paul describe the work of the Thessalonians in verse 3? How do we know that their imitation of Paul included spreading the gospel? When is the last time you witnessed to someone about Jesus?
  • Saturday, February 9:
    • Read Hebrews 6:9-12
      What role does love for God have in your service to others? Why is it important to have models to imitate when it comes to serving? What one person in your life exemplifies what it means to serve? Why? 
  • Sunday, February 10:
    • Read 3 John 5-8
      How is the person John writes to helping to spread the gospel? In addition to sharing the gospel personally, how else are you helping to spread the gospel? Why are both aspects important as a worker in God’s kingdom?  

Note:  The daily studies for Thursday through Sunday will form the basis for our small group discussions in Sunday School.

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  • Monday, January 28:

    • Read Philippians 1:3-11
      What “good work” do you think Paul is talking about in verse 6?  What are some specific areas God is working on in your life?  Describe how God has changed something in your life as a Christian?  Why do you think God continues to work in our lives even after He has saved us?
  • Tuesday, January 29:
    • Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
      What does it mean for a Christian to be sanctified?  In what way is it a work of God?  What benefits are there for the believer when God does this work?  What role does God’s faithfulness play in your sanctification?
  • Wednesday, January 30:
    • Read Ephesians 3:14-21
      Describe the work Paul prays God will do in the lives of the Ephesian believers.  How do the areas mentioned by Paul compare with your own needs?  In what way does verse 20 challenge you personally? 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, January 31:
    • Read Galatians 5:16-26
      What role does the Spirit have in God’s work in us?  On a scale of 1-10, rate yourself on each of the 9 parts of the fruit of the Spirit.  Which part is the strongest?  Which part is the weakest?  How is God working to strengthen what is weak in your life?
  • Friday, February 1:
    • Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13
      How does the word of God work in the life of the believer?  What do you think the Lord is teaching in this verse?  How does it impact you personally?
  • Saturday, February 2:
    • Read Genesis 50:15-21
      Why might Joseph “hold a grudge” against his brothers?  [If you are not certain, do some research from the preceding chapters, beginning in chapter 37]  What had the Lord been doing in Joseph’s life?  What was Joseph’s conclusion as to the reason behind it all?  What do you think the Lord is teaching?  How does this text impact you? 
  • Sunday, February 3:
    • Read Hebrews 13:20-21
      To what end does God do His work in us?  What particular area of your life do you think is most pleasing to God?  Why?  

Note:  The daily studies for Thursday through Sunday will form the basis for our small group discussions in Sunday School.

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  • Monday, January 21:

    • Read Matthew 5:1-16
      As you look at the beatitudes, how should the attitude of a citizen of God’s kingdom differ from someone who isn’t? Is allegiance to God a necessary component for kingdom citizens? If so, prove it from the text. In what practical ways do you affect your world like salt? …like light?
  • Tuesday, January 22:
    • Read Matthew 18:1-4
      Jesus told His disciples that “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven”. Change from what? What does it mean to become “like little children”? Are changes needed in your attitude? If so, what are they?
  • Wednesday, January 23:
    • Read 1 Peter 4:1-11
      What changes should come about as a result of having the same attitude as Christ? In what way does not being clear-minded and self controlled affect your prayer life? List the qualities we should have as kingdom citizens mentioned in verses 7-11. Rate yourself concerning each quality on a scale of on 1-10 (10 being the highest). What needs improvement? 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, January 24:
    • Read Acts 4:1-22
      How do you see the disciples demonstrating allegiance to Jesus in this text? What do you think the Lord is teaching? How does this text specifically impact you?
  • Friday, January 25:
    • Read Daniel 3
      How do you see the young Hebrew men in the text demonstrating allegiance to God? What do you think the Lord is teaching? How does this text specifically impact you?
  • Saturday, January 26:
    • Read Ephesians 5:8-14
      What makes you different as a child of light? What has God’s light revealed in your life? Give an example of how your light has affected someone else? 
  • Sunday, January 27:
    • Read Colossians 4:5-6
      What does it mean to let your speech be “always full of grace, seasoned with salt”? When it comes to the gospel, are there people you have difficulty knowing how to answer? If so, what are you doing to change that?  

Note:  The daily studies for Thursday through Sunday will form the basis for our small group discussions in Sunday School.

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  • Monday, January 14:

    • Read Psalm 24:1-2 
      According to the Psalmist, what belongs to God?  In what way does God’s ownership include “all (people) who live in it (the world)”?  Give an example of how God’s ownership of you affects your life?

  • Tuesday, January 15:
    • Read Matthew 25:14-30
      How did the master of the house distribute his property?  What was the purpose of the distribution?  Why did the amounts differ?  How did each servant do?  How did the master respond to the reports from the first two servants?  Why?  How did he respond to the third?  Why?  How would your Master respond to you?  Why?
  • Wednesday, January 16:
    • Read Ephesians 5:15-16
      What does it mean to “be careful” in the way that you live?  According to Paul, why are you to make the most of every opportunity?  What does all this have to do with being a steward? 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, January 17:
    • Read Acts 20:17-38
      In what ways had Paul proven to be a good steward while ministering among the Ephesian people?  What had Paul shown them about the purpose of hard work (verse 35)?  Do you believe Jesus’ words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”?  If so, in what way have you found them to be true in your life?
  • Friday, January 18:
    • Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
      How did the Macedonian churches respond to the needs of their brothers?  What made their response stand out?  What did they do that not even Paul expected?  What does it mean to “excel in the grace of giving”?  What lesson is God trying to teach you from this passage?
  • Saturday, January 19:
    • Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
      Using verses 6-7, describe the kind of giving that pleases God.  According to verse 11, what is the purpose of your wealth?  What does it mean, to be “made rich in every way”?  How are you rich?  How are you using what you’ve been given? 
  • Sunday, January 20:
    • Read Hebrews 13:16
      Why do you think the writer says “don’t forget” when it comes to “doing good” and “sharing with others”?  What is implied by describing such sharing as a “sacrifice”?  Why do such sacrifices please God?  

Note:  The daily studies for Thursday through Sunday will form the basis for our small group discussions in Sunday School.

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  • Monday, January 7:

    • Read Acts 4:32-35
      What were some identifying features of the early believers in Jerusalem?  What impact do you think that such an attitude had on the church?  How about those outside the church?  How does your belief in Christ influence the way you share what you have?

  • Tuesday, January 8:
    • Read James 2:1-13
      What is favoritism?  Why would such an attitude be out of place among believers?  How does what you believe about Jesus impact the way you treat others?
  • Wednesday, January 9:
    • Read Hebrews 11:6
      Why it is impossible to please God without faith?  What two things does the writer single out that anyone who comes to God must believe?  Why do you think he chose those two particular areas?  What does it mean to “earnestly seek God”?  Does that describe you?  [Explain your answer.] 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, January 10:
    • Read John 20:19-31
      How did Thomas react when the other apostles told him they’d seen Jesus risen from the grave?  Why do you think he reacted that way?  How would you have reacted?  How did Thomas react when he finally saw Jesus with his own eyes?  Of the two types of “believing” mentioned in verse 29, which is stronger?  Why?
  • Friday, January 11:
    • Read Matthew 15:21-28
      Describe the circumstances of the woman who came to Jesus.  How did Jesus react initially (vs. 23)?  Why do you think the disciples urged Jesus to send the woman away?  What surprises you about the interaction between Jesus and the woman in verses 25-27?  How did Jesus respond (vs.28)?  What made the woman’s faith “great faith”? 
  • Saturday, January 12:
    • Read James 2:14-26
      What good is it if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him?  [Explain your answers]  Why is it not enough to simply believe that there is one God?  What evidence is cited of Abraham’s faith?  of Rahab’s faith?  What evidence would your biographer give? 
  • Sunday, January 13:
    • Read Romans 4:18-25
      What does the writer mean, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…”?  What did he believe and how was it against all hope?  Are you fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He promises?  If you are, how does it show in your life?  

Note:  The daily studies for Thursday through Sunday will form the basis for our small group discussions in Sunday School.

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  • Monday, December 24:

    • Read Matthew 2:1-12
      What was the stated purpose of the trip of the magi?  Consider their journey from beginning (likely Persia) to end (Bethlehem) — what were some of the things they had to do to accomplish their ultimate goal? How much effort do you put into your own personal worship?  Do you bring gifts to offer to Jesus in your worship?  Explain your answer.

  • Tuesday, December 25:
    • Read Luke 2:21-40
      Why did Mary and Joseph take Jesus to Jerusalem?  Who was Simeon and how did he respond to seeing the child?  Why?  Who was Anna and how did she respond to seeing the child?  Why?  How do you respond to coming into the Lord’s presence?  Why?
  • Wednesday, December 26:
    • Read Psalm 100
      According to the Psalm, how should we worship the Lord?  Why do you think the writer emphasized that particular attitude when it comes to worship?  What do you think the writer meant, “Know that the Lord is God”?  How would you describe your own personal worship?  (Use at least 3 descriptive words or phrases) 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, December 27:
    • Read Matthew 4:1-11
      Why was Jesus in the desert in the first place?  What were the first two recorded temptations?  What was it about each one that would have made it “tempting” to Jesus?  How did Jesus respond?  What do you think was behind the third temptation?  What was Jesus’ response?  How would you have responded?  Why?
  • Friday, December 28:
    • Read John 4:19-26
      According to Jesus, what kind of worshipers does the Father seek?  What does that mean?  Why do you think Jesus singled out those two particular qualities?  Are you the kind of worshiper the Father seeks?  Explain your answer. 
  • Saturday, December 29:
    • Read Job 1
      What was Job’s life like prior to the calamity described in this chapter?   Why do you think God allowed what happened to happen?  How did Job respond?  Describe what you think Job’s worship (vs.20) was like in that moment?  How does personal calamity impact your worship? 
  • Sunday, December 30:
    • Read Hebrews 12:28-29
      What is “acceptable worship” in God’s estimation?  Describe “reverence” and “awe”.  In what way is our God “a consuming fire”?  Do you see Him that way?  Why, or why not?  

Note:  The daily studies for Thursday through Sunday will form the basis for our small group discussions in Sunday School.

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  • Monday, December 17:

    • Read Luke 2:8-20
      What announcement did the angel give to the shepherds?  What did the shepherds do with that announcement?  After seeing the infant Messiah, what did they do?  What could they have done?  What would you have done?

  • Tuesday, December 18:
    • Read Acts 1:6-8
      What do you think the disciples meant by their question?  How did Jesus respond?  What was the difference between the initial focus of the disciples and that of Jesus?  Do you think that there is still a difference between the focus of the church and that of Jesus?  [Explain your answer.]
  • Wednesday, December 19:
    • Read Isaiah 43:10-13
      In the text, the Lord, speaking to His people says, “You are my witnesses”.  Witnesses of what?  Of what are you a witness concerning God? 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, December 20:
    • Read Acts 8:1-4
      What is happening to the church as events unfold at the beginning of Acts 8?  How did the church respond?  Describe the way the people around you from day to day react to your faith?  How should you respond?
  • Friday, December 21:
    • Read 2 Timothy 1:8-12
      What instruction does Paul give to Timothy in verse 8?  What might cause a person to be “ashamed” to testify about the Lord?  What reason did Paul give for being personally unashamed?  Are you ashamed or unashamed of the Lord?  What evidence do you have for your answer? 
  • Saturday, December 22:
    • Read John 4:4-42
      How did Jesus interact with the Samaritan woman during their conversation by the well?  Once she realized who she was talking to, how did the woman respond?  How did the people of the town respond to her testimony?  What is your testimony about Jesus?–Make it personal . . . who is Jesus to you? 
  • Sunday, December 23:
    • Read Acts 20:22-24
      Of what had Paul been warned by the Holy Spirit?  What was his reaction?  What does it mean to “testify to the gospel of God’s grace”?  

Note:  The daily studies for Thursday through Sunday will form the basis for our small group discussions in Sunday School.

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  • Monday, December 10:

    • Read Luke 1:26-38
      Describe Mary’s initial reaction to Gabriel’s appearance and announcement.  How did Gabriel’s answer help Mary to resolve her concerns?  What do you think Mary meant by her response in verse 38?  What would your response have been?
  • Tuesday, December 11:
    • Read Romans 12:9-13
      According to verse 11, what should our attitude be as we serve the Lord?  What does that mean?  Why does it matter?  What do the other instructions given by Paul in the text have to do with “serving the Lord”?  Give at least 3 examples.
  • Wednesday, December 12:
    • Read 1 Peter 4:7-11
      According to verse 10, how should we use whatever gifts we’ve been given by God?  What does verse 7 have to with service?  How about verse 8?  Verse 9?  How does serving others administer God’s grace? 

Note:  The daily studies for Monday through Wednesday will form the basis for our small group discussions on Wednesday evenings.

  • Thursday, December 13:
    • Read Matthew 20:20-28
      What “favor” did the mother of Zebedee’s sons want Jesus to do?  What was Jesus’ response?  When the other ten heard, what was their reaction?  Why do you think they reacted the way they did?  How would you have reacted?  What did Jesus answer?  Why?
  • Friday, December 14:
    • Read Hebrews 9:14
      What does the writer mean that Jesus’ sacrifice “cleansed our consciences”?  How does that help us to serve God?  How does Jesus’ sacrifice impact you personally when it comes to serving God? 
  • Saturday, December 15:
    • Read Philippians 2:1-11
      Why do you think Paul said (vs.3) to “consider others better than yourselves — why not simply, “consider others equal to yourselves”?  What should our attitude be, according to verse 5?  What difference does that make in your life?
       
  • Sunday, December 16:
    • Read Galatians 5:13-15
      With what does Paul contrast “serving one another” in verse 13?  How does verse 14 help us to serve?  How does verse 15 detract from our serving?  Which is more prominent in your life — verse 14 or verse 15?  

Note:  The daily studies for Thursday through Sunday will form the basis for our small group discussions in Sunday School.

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