October 13
Re:Gift - Who Giving Helps (Week 3)

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J2e3 conversations... here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s “Re-Gift: Who Giving Helps” from Acts 3:1-8.

 

1. Share your most meaningful experience of giving or receiving?

2. How would you explain to a friend these receiving lessons?

  • Be bold.

  • Be thankful.

3. How is the narrative of the healing of the crippled beggar an illustration that giving helps the humble?

4. What does this mean to you?  Two questions about giving and receiving:

  • How can I help?  (You bless someone by helping them.)

  • How can I be helped?  (You bless someone because you let them help you.)

5. Commit to memory: “You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2.

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October 6
Re:Gift - Where Giving Starts (Week 1)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s “Re:Gift - Where Giving Starts” from Genesis 2:18-23.

 

1. How would you describe the idea of “the impulse to give” to a friend?

2. Considering Genesis 1 and 2, how would you explain to a friend that the impulse to give is found in creation?

3. Considering John 3:16, how would you explain to a friend that the impulse to give is found in God?

4. What I cannot repay, I can re:gift. How does that describe the impulse to give found in us?

5. Commit to memory: “Freely you have received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:8

 

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September 22
Show + Tell: Dealing With Doubt (Week 3)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s “Show + Tell: Dealing with Doubt” from John 20:24-28.

 

1. As a child, what was/is your favorite fairy tale? How is the story of Thomas different from a fairy tale? How does this difference help you deal with doubt?

2. How would you explain to a friend that Jesus cares about doubters? How is His greeting, “Peace to you,” an example of His care for doubters?

3. Jesus challenges doubters to stop doubting and believe. Describe what it means that Thomas declared of Jesus, “My Lord and my God.”

4. How is this good news for you? Jesus dies for doubters.  How is this rooted in Genesis 3:1, “Did God really say…” 

5. Commit to memory: “’Stop doubting and believe’…’My Lord and my God.’” John 20:27-28.

 

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September 15
Show + Tell: Offer Grace (Week 2)

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J2e3 conversations... here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s “Show + Tell: Extend Grace” from Matthew 9:2-8.

 

1. “A little bit of grace goes a long way.” What does that mean to you?

2. Grace is the undeserved kindness of God toward people. How would you explain or illustrate that to a friend?

3. Which of the sermon points – Keys to offering grace – is most important to you? Why:  

  • I need grace.

  • Others need grace.

  • Be courageous.

4. Describe how might you extend grace to someone else? 

5. Commit to memory: “Where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more.” Romans 5:20.

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

September 8
Show + Tell: Render Service (Week 1)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s “Show + Tell: Render Service” from Matthew 25:31-40.

 

1.  Actions and words are essential to personal learning and blessing others. If there is a disconnect between the two, people put off by the disconnect. Do you agree? Why?

2.  What does this mean to you? Service is so closely connected to Jesus, that when you do it, Jesus always knows. It’s like I am doing it for Him.

3.  Which of the sermon points is most important to you? Why:

  • Service can be simple.

  • Service blesses the server.

  • Service reflects the Servant, Jesus.

4.  How would you explain this to a friend? Life can be a mission trip without ever leaving home.

5.  Commit to memory: “Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16.

 

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September 1
Leviticus: Blessing (Week 8)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Leviticus: Blessing from Leviticus 26:3-6, 12.

 

1.  List three things that you frequently hear people say are “blessings.” In your opinion, do these things generally create an sense of gratitude toward God? Why is that? 

2.  How would you explain this to a friend?  Blessings and obedience are related.

3.  Gaining perspective…which of these three is most important to you? Why?

  • Obedience that leads to pain is due to brokenness.

  • Pain can be a blessing because it can warn us.

  • Pain can bless us with an education…”school of hard knocks.”

4.  How is this true for you?  Knowing the “Blesser” is the greatest blessing. 

5.  Commit to memory: “I will place My residence among you, and I will not reject you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people.” Leviticus 26:11-12.

 

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August 18
Leviticus: Celebrations (Week 7)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Leviticus: Celebrations from Leviticus 23:1-4.

 

1.  What are some of the best celebrations that you remember? What made tyhose celebrations special?

2.  We are hard wired to celebrate! Why is it important that God gives rest when we celebrate?

3.  How would you explain to a friend that God gives joy when we celebrate? 

4.  What change comes to mind when we think that celebration centers our lives?

5.  Commit to memory: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; let all that is within me bless His holy name.” Psalm 103:1.

 

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August 11
Leviticus: Different (Week 6)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Leviticus: Different from Leviticus 18:1-5.

 

1.  Give an example of someone you have admired who consistently “stood out in a crowd.” Why did you select that person? What impact did she or he have on your life?

2.  How would you explain to a friend: God wants us to stand out in a crowd? 

3.  Three ways to stand out in a crowd…which is most important to you? Why?

  • We can be different relationally.

  • We can be different spiritually.

  • We can be different culturally.

4.  We are called to be different in order to make a difference. How does this thought impact your understanding of the ministry of the church and the impact your life?

5.  Commit to memory: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:43-44.

 

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August 4
Leviticus: Atonement (Week 5)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Leviticus: Atonement from Leviticus 16:2-3, 7-10.

 

1.  The example of Robert F. Smith paying off all the student loans of the 2019 Morehouse College graduates was both unexpected and extraordinary. How do you think the students felt when the gift was announced? How long do you think that gift will be remembered? Why do you think that gift was given? How is this an illustration of the Day of Atonement?

2.  In your opinion, why is the external seat on the Ark of the Covenant called “the mercy seat”?

3.  How would you explain to a friend how mercy “works?”

  • Mercy begins (and ends) with God.

  • We need mercy and must admit it.

  • Mercy (begins and) ends with God.    

4.  For you, how are the two goats selected on the Day of Atonement a picture of Jesus?

5.  Commit to memory: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

 

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July 28
Leviticus: Cleanliness (Week 4)

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J2e3 conversations... here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Leviticus: Cleanliness from Leviticus 11:1-7, 47.

 

1.  What is your favorite food? When did you first discover this food? Do you have a favorite place where you enjoy this food? Where? Do you have a favorite person who prepares this food? Who? Do you enjoy sharing this food with others? Why?

2. “Chewing the cud” is an illustration of meditating on God’s Word. What Bible verse or Bible truth is an example of a truth that you have considered over and over again. How has your continuing consideration been helpful to you?

3.  How would you explain to a friend the significance of Peter’s vision of “unclean food” in Acts 10:9-29 as a movement from prejudice to presence?

4.  Why is the movement from self-righteousness to self-understanding important for recognizing my need for Jesus? See Matthew 15:10-12, 17-20.

5.  Commit to memory: “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44.

 

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July 21
Leviticus: Favoritism (Week 3)


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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Leviticus: Favoritism from Leviticus 10:1-3.

 

1.  Is there a time in your life when you underestimated something and it proved to really be a big deal? What was that like? How can underestimating something put yourself or others at risk?

2.  The narrative of Nadab and Abihu informs me that sin is serious. Why is it always important to remember that sin is always a big deal?

3.  All believing people have a serious calling to be “priests” before God. How does God’s holiness find expression in my life and in my relationships with others?

4.  How would you explain to a friend: There is only one offering for sin that God requests and requires. The offering is Jesus. He pays for my sin.

5.  Commit to memory: “Be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us.” Ephesians 5:1-2.

 

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July 14
Leviticus: Priests (Week 2)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Leviticus: Priests from Leviticus 8:1-3, 6-10.

 

1.  When you think about people who were spiritual leaders and made a profound impact on your life, who comes to mind?  Why?

2.  Thinking about Leviticus: In your opinion, why are these two points significantly important?

  • Sin is serious and always leads to death.

  • All the sacrifices point to the perfect sacrifice – Jesus.

3.  How would you explain these two functions of a priest/pastor to a friend?

  • Priests/pastors give admonition.

  • Priests/pastors point forward.

4.  Agree?  The function of the priest is to point people to Jesus.  How does that apply to you?

5.  Commit to memory: “You also, like living stones, are bring built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” I Peter 2:5.

 

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July 7
Leviticus: Offerings (Week 1)

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 J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Leviticus: Offerings from

Leviticus 1:1-4. 

1.  When I think about the holiness of God, what comes to mind first? How does my understanding of God’s holiness connect to Jesus?

2.  How would you explain to a friend that God wants to be near – to dwell with – His people? It doesn’t matter that we are “broken”.

3.  How does the idea of costly sacrifice remind me of the tragedy and depth of sin?

4.  How is the burnt offering of Leviticus 1 “all about” Jesus?

5.  Commit to memory: “Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

June 30
Love Does: Follow Me (Week 5)

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J2e3 conversations... here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Love Does: Follow Me from Matthew 4:18-22.

 

1.  Simple truths that keep life moving in a great trajectory – like “Follow Me.” Share another simple truth (advice/verse/experience) that helps guide your life. 

2.  What do Jesus’ words, “Follow Me” mean to you?

3.  Which of these Important insights for following Jesus is most important to you?  Why?

  • Following Jesus will involve sacrifice.

  • Following Jesus happens best in community.

  • Following Jesus gives us purpose.

4. “As Jesus was walking along…” (Matthew 4:18). We invite people to know, love, and serve Jesus the same way He did… as we walk and talk. Where will you be walking this week? With whom will you be speaking?

5.  Commit to memory: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

June 23
Love Does: Be Not Afraid (Week 4)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Love Does: Be Not Afraid from Acts 6:8-15.

 

1.  When you have experienced the death of a friend or loved one, for you, what is the most comforting verse of Scripture or hymn that comes to mind? Why?

2.  How would you explain this to a friend?  Fear stops me from following Jesus. (“What Would You Do?”).

3.  Which of these points is most important to you? Why?

  • Fears are often unfounded and irrational.

  • Oftentimes fear emerges when I feel I’m losing control in a matter.

  • At all times my fears are in God’s control.

4.  How is Stephen’s death like a “trust fall”? And, what does that mean for me?

5.  Commit to memory: “Perfect love drives out fear.”  I John 4:18.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

June 16
Love Does: Audacious Love (Week 3)

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J2e3 conversations... here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Love Does: Audacious Love from John 4:4-8, 13-14.

 

1.  Have you ever felt like an “outsider” with a group? What did that feel like? What did you do?

2.  How would you explain this to a friend? Love is not simply an emotion, it is a way of living.

3.  How is Jesus’ thirst good news for people? What does it mean to you that Jesus is true God and true man?

4.  Which of these truths is most important for you? Why? Jesus’ wonderful way of hydrating us:

  • It is once-for-all.

  • It lives in us.

  • It is infused with hope.

5.  Commit to memory: “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

June 9
Love Does: Free to Fail (Week 2)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Love Does: Free to Fail from Mark 9:14-18, 21-23.

 

1.  How has a past failure helped you to learn an important lesson in life?

2.  How would you explain to a friend the difference between personal failures and professional failures?  In this narrative, how does Jesus deal with the personal and professional failure of the disciples?

3.  Which of these is most important to you? Why?  Four lessons on failure:

  • Failure happens.

  • Failure hurts – us and others.

  • Failure isn’t the final word.

  • Failure is a powerful teacher.

4.  Don’t be deceived. What looks like failure can lead to success. How is this truth illustrated in the life of Jesus?

5.  Commit to memory: “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28.

 

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June 2
Love Does: I’m With You (Week 1)

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J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s Love Does: I’m With You from Genesis 32:22-30.

1.  In your life, how does time alone serve a helpful purpose? How can that “helpful purpose” become significant in your spiritual life with God?

2.  How would you explain this to a friend? God being with us as He was with Jacob looks like:

  • A chase.

  • Losing face.

3.  In your opinion, how is Jacob receiving God’s blessing an act of God’s grace? How is this truth important to you?

4.  After Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus “turned and looked at Peter” (Luke 22:61). How is this account similar to the story of Jacob?

5.  Commit to memory: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.” Isaiah 42:10.

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!