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If you would like to mark your calendar for upoming sessions they are:
Thursday July 16 at 10am
Thursday July 23 at 2pm
Wednesday July 29 at 10am
Wednesday August 5 at 10am
Thursday August 13 at 10am
Wednesday August 19 at 10 am
The scripture readings for Thursday, July 16th, are:
DEUTERONOMY 31:1–8, JOSHUA 1:5–9
1. In the Deuteronomy passage, to whom is Moses speaking? What is about to happen?
2. What does Moses tell the Israelites God will do?
3. What charge does Moses give his people, and what reason does he give for their ability to do it?
4. In the Joshua passage, who is talking to Joshua? What is about to happen?
5. What charge and what promise does God give to Joshua and to the Israelites?
6. How can these verses bring you comfort as you approach challenges in your own life?
1. Who is speaking in the passage? To whom is he speaking?
2. What situations does the Lord describe? What does he promise in these situations?
3. Notice the personal/intimate language. Have you felt
that intimacy with the Lord? Describe it.
4. How can God’s promise from these verses give you confidence and security in a current situation?
1. What key question is the psalmist asking?
2. What do these verses say about God’s presence and where we go?
3. What do these Scriptures say about God regarding light and darkness?
4. Have you felt God’s presence in the midst of your darkness before? Explain this.
5. How can these verses prompt you to walk with people who are walking through a dark
or unknown time? How can you remind them of God’s presence in the darkness?
On Wednesday, July 1st, at 10 a.m. we will be covering the following:
“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.””
1. What did the angel of the Lord bring to the shepherds?
2. What is the good news of great joy?
3. What does this truth tell us about joy?
4. Where do you find joy in life? How does this line up with what this Scripture teaches about where joy is found?
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. (For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.)”
1. List the circumstances of the speaker.
2. What is the speaker’s response?
3. What do these Scriptures reveal to us about the relationship between joy and personal circumstances?
4. Have you ever found yourself in this tension, where a circumstance in your life has brought deep grief or sorrow, yet you still experience great joy? Describe this time.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
1. Describe or illustrate the cycle that happens in this Scripture.
2. In this process, what is our role, and what is God’s role?
3. Describe a time in your life when you tried to play God’s role of providing peace and joy. How did that work?
4. In what ways can you adjust your expectations of people in your life, things you desire, or plans you have set in light of how we are truly filled with joy?
WHICH of the Scriptures impacted you the most this week? How so?
HOW does knowing and trusting the promise of Joy help you face a current situation, belief, or feeling?
HOW will you invite others to be part of the transformation God desires for you?
HOW will you offer to be part of another person’s transformation?