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03/26/2017 – Faith and Hardship

Passion Week

Speaker: Dan Metteer
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Text:Luke 21
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Groups Questions for 3/26/17

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Icebreaker: What is the most impressive building you have ever been in?

Read Luke 21:1-4. How does the poor widow’s offering differ from the offerings of the others? What point is Jesus trying to make? How should this point change the way that we give?
Read Luke 21:5-7. What was special about the temple? Considering how the Jews felt about the temple, how do you think they felt when they heard Jesus’ words?
Read Luke 21:8-24. Why do you think Jesus takes time to give this warning to his disciples? What events would take place in the lives of the disciples that these words might bring comfort and clarity to? What specific commands does Jesus give to his disciples? Which of those commands are applicable to us today?
Read Luke 21:25-38. How often do you think about Jesus’ return? How often should we think about his return? What is the evidence that one’s life is focused on Jesus’ second coming?
How can we pray for one another?

03/19/2017 – Jesus is Questioned

Passion Week

Speaker: Mark Miller
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Text:Luke 20
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Group Questions for the Week of 3/19/17

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Icebreaker: What was the last big exam that you had to prepare for? How did you do?

Read Luke 20:1-8. What are the “things” (v. 2) that Jesus has been doing? What about these things would worry the chief priests? What interests are they trying to protect? What people, things, or events led you to recognize Jesus’ authority? How is his authority played out in your life today?

Read Luke 20:9-19. How does this parable relate to the question of authority raised in Luke 20:1-8? What do the landowner, the tenants, and the servant represent? Why do you think Jesus chose this time to tell this parable?

Read Luke 20:20-26. What trap was this spy using on Jesus? What was he trying to get Jesus to say? What would be the repercussion for Jesus if he had said either, “do pay taxes” or “don’t pay”? What is so insightful about Jesus’ response? How is Caesar’s ownership of the coin like God’s ownership of us?

Read Luke 20:27-40. Why do you think the Sadducees are asking Jesus this question? How seriously does Jesus treat this question? How do you deal with someone who wants to argue scripture with you? How do you react when you don’t know the answer to a sincere question?

Read Luke 20:41-47. How does Jesus establish his authority here? What are his intentions in saying these things?

How can we pray for each other?

03/12/2017 – Triumphal Entry

Passion Week

Speaker: Jason Deuman
Big Idea:Jesus’ mission is driven by compassion for the lost.
Text:Luke 19:28-47
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Group Questions for the Week of 3/12/17

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Icebreaker: What parade have you watched that was memorable for you? Have you ever been in a parade?

Read Luke 19:28-35. How close is Jesus to Jerusalem at this point (see v. 29. You might need a map). What assignment does Jesus give his two disciples here? What problems might they have encountered with such a job? Why do you think Jesus asked them to do this?

Read Luke 19:36-38. How do you picture the scene in these verses? What do you see? Hear? Feel? What were the people expecting Jesus to do when he reached Jerusalem (see v. 11, Zech. 9:9)? How are their expectations different from his?

Read Luke 19:39-44. What do you think Jesus was thinking and feeling when he spoke in verses 41-42? Why did he weep? What person or group of people do you weep over?

Read Luke 19:45-48. Why are Jesus’ actions so extreme here? Where do you think Jesus would “turn over the tables” in today’s world?

How can we pray for one another?