December 17
The Grief that Stole Christmas

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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 "The Grief that Stole Christmas" message from John 11:3, 6-7, 17-19, 22-25.

 

1.  Give some examples of what it means to grieve. What are some ways you have observed how others grieve? If you have dealt with personal grief, what do you remember most about the experience?

 

2.  When there is sickness or death – any kind of loss – how helpful is the “Why not” question? How would this be helpful to you? “It’s not because Jesus doesn’t see or doesn’t care.”

 

3.  Which of these thoughts is most helpful to you in helping another person in her or his grief?  Why?

  • Let a close friend find out what is needed.
  • Reach out in a non-intrusive way.
  • Remember to remember.
     

4.   How would you explain these lessons in grief to a friend?

  • Grief is painful.
  • Grief is disorienting.
  • Grief needs Jesus.
     

5.  Commit to memory: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die.”  John 11:25.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

 

December 10
The Conflict that Stole Christmas

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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 "The Conflict that Stole Christmas" message from James 4:1-3, 11-12.

 

1.  Have you observed families struggling during the Christmas season?  How would you describe their focus of the Christmas season?  In your opinion, does family conflict diminish the celebration of Christmas?

 

2.  Share at least one thing you can be doing to “if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18).

 

3.  How would you explain to a friend the solutions to conflict?

  • Conflict with God:  Solution is humility.
  • Conflict with others:  Solution is charity.
     

4.  What does it mean for you to embrace the challenge to be charitable?

  • “Hold your tongue.”
  • Put the “best construction” on a situation.
  • Show someone grace.
     

5.  Commit to memory: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up?” James 4:10.

 

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

December 3
The Schedule that Stole Christmas

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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 "The Schedule that Stole Christmas" message from Exodus 18:13-18.

 

1.  How does “hustle and bustle” steal Christmas joy?  How do you feel when you are over-scheduled?  How do you get into those kinds of situations?  How do you prevent getting into those situations?

 

2.  How would you explain the importance of this Moses’ story to a friend?  Why are the insights of this story especially important at Christmas?

 

3.  Which of these lessons from Moses’ story are most important to you?  Why?

  • Out-of-control schedules are not good.
  • Out-of-control schedules are counterproductive.
  • Out-of-control schedules are sometimes (most of the time?) self-imposed.
  • Out-of-control schedules will end…frequently not happily.
     

4.  When you look at a Nativity scene and Jesus is “asleep on the hay,” how does that help me understand Him as God who takes rest?

 

5.  Commit to memory: “He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.”  Psalm 23:2.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

November 26
The Materialism that Stole Christmas

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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 "The Materialism that Stole Christmas" message from Luke 12:13-21.

 

1.  Describe your ideal Christmas celebration.  How does this compare to some of your actual Christmas experiences?

 

2.  How easy is it to begin to think that happiness or fullness of life is found in materials things?  How do you find perspective when “stuff” begins to steal Christmas?

 

3.  In His parable speaks of a man consumed by his desire for greater wealth. How would you explain to a friend the important spiritual truth of this story?

 

4.  Which of these is most important to you?  Why?  How to be rich toward God:

  • Live without worry.
  • Live beyond yourself.
  • Live for Christ.
     

5.  Commit Jesus’ words to memory: “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

November 19
Self-Storage: In Store

 

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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 "Self-Storage: In Store" message from II Timothy 4:1-8.

 

1.  “Anticipation makes things fun.” When you know something good is “in store” for you, how do you feel?  How do you act?  Give an example of how anticipation enriched an event in your life.

 

2.  If you are never made uncomfortable by what you hear in Christianity, you are probably not hearing something that is true Christianity. How would you explain that thought to a friend?

 

3.  Legacy…how am I passing along a legacy of faithful ministry at Concordia?

 

4.  In Jesus, what is “in store” for us is good.  What does this mean for you?

  • Today is good;
  • Tomorrow is good;
  • Forever is good.
     

5.  Commit to memory: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I Peter 3:15.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

November 12
Self-Storage: Store Up

 

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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 "Self-Storage: Store Up" message from Matthew 6:19-21, 24.
 

1.  Think about “treasure.” When “treasure” is a noun or object, what does it mean? When “treasure” is a verb or action, what does it mean? In your opinion, why is it important to think deeply about your treasure?
 

2.  Because faith is at the heart of our relationship with God, how is faith a treasure?
 

3.  Jesus speaks to three matters concerning treasure. How would you explain these to a friend?

  • Location – is my treasure stored in the right place?
  • Durability – how long will my treasure last?
  • Security – is my treasure safe?
     

4.  How does your treasure define your legacy?
 

5.  Commit to memory: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me…” (John 14:2-3).

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!
 

 

November 5
Self-Storage: Store House

 

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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 "Self-Storage: Store House" message from Malachi 3:8-12.

 

1.  When you think about storage units, what thoughts come to your mind?
 

2.  “Test Me in this.”  In your opinion, why does God invite us to test Him in our tithes and offerings? 
 

3.  Which of these statements about giving is most important in your life right now? Why did you select that statement? 

  • Giving cannot be legalistic.
  • Giving is serious.
  • Giving grows faith.
     

4.  How would you explain Christian giving to a friend?  How has your giving enriched your life?
 

5.  Commit to memory: “I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

 

October 15
Sola: Scripture Alone


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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 "SOLA: Scripture Alone" message from Romans 3:25-28.
 

1.  When did you receive your first Bible?  What was the occasion?  Did someone give the Bible to you?  Who was that person?  What did person tell you about the gift?

2.  What does this mean for you?  “The Bible keeps God’s will in our lives clear.”
 

3.  Martin Luther: “Let the man who would hear God speak read Holy Scripture.”  How would you explain that comment to a friend?
 

4.  In your personal prayers, please remember the people of the Texas and Gulf coast, Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Mexico who have lost much to natural disasters – including family and friends  – and the recovery process involving so many.  And, pray for those surviving the horror of the Las Vegas shooter as well as those mourning the loss of loved ones.
 

5.  Commit to memory: “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” Proverbs 30:5-6.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

October 8
Sola: Faith Alone

 

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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 "SOLA: Faith Alone" message from Romans 3:25-28.

 

1.  This year we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  What is your best understanding of what it means to have saving faith?  What does that mean in terms of your relationship with God?

 

2.  “We often try to make ourselves righteous.”  How does that work for a person?  What does that look like in terms of attitude and behavior?  Is that helpful in my relationship with God?  Is that what God desires of me?

 

3.  How would you explain these three truths about faith to a friend?

  • Life requires faith.
  • We can test faith.
  • Faith brings peace.
     

4.  In your personal prayers, please remember the people of the Texas and Gulf coast, Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Mexico who have lost much to natural disasters – including family and friends  – and the recovery process involving so many.  And, pray for those surviving the horror of the Las Vegas shooter as well as those mourning the loss of loved ones.

 

5.  Commit to memory: “For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”  Romans 3:28.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

 

October 1
Sola: Grace Alone

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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 "Sola: Grace Alone" message from Matthew 20:1-4,6-7,9-11, 13-15.

 

1.  This year we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  What is your favorite line or verse from the hymn “Amazing Grace”?
 

2.  Have you ever worked hard and felt you merited something, but it just didn’t happen? Were you offended?  How did you process the situation?  Is there transference to your understanding of grace?
 

3.  How would you explain this truth to a friend?

  • The Law shows us our sin and brokenness.  It shows us what we have earned and deserve.
  • The Gospel shows us God’s grace, what God gives us that Jesus earned on the cross…for us.
  • Law and Gospel must go together to understand the meaning of grace.
     

4.  In your personal prayers, please remember the people of the Texas coast, Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Mexico who have lost much to natural disasters – including family and friends  – and the recovery process involving so many.
 

5.  Commit to memory: “For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

 

September 24
Sola: Christ Alone

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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 "SOLA: Christ Alone" message from John 3:26-30.
 

1.  This year we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  What event comes to your mind first when you think about Martin Luther and the events of the Reformation?
 

2.  Which of these three points is most important to you?  Why?  We point to Jesus:

  • By humility…our attitude.
  • By service…our actions.
  • By mission…our witness.
     

3.  How would you explain this truth from Martin Luther to a friend? “The cross alone is our theology.”
 

4.  In your personal prayers, please remember the people of the Texas coast, Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Mexico who have lost much to natural disasters – including family and friends  – and the recovery process involving so many.
 

5.  Commit to memory: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  
1 Corinthians 2:2.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

September 17
When the Waters Rise: We Serve

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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 "When the Waters Rise…We Serve" message from Luke 10:30-35 (The Good Samaritan).

 

1.  Share an experience in your life – or the life of someone you know well – when someone was for you or another a “good Samaritan.  How did that person extend attention and help?  What does it mean that someone in need was helped?
 

2.  Which of these statements about serving is most important to you?  Why?  Serving is so important…

  • Because it is needed.
  • Because it is inevitable.
  • Because it changes our perspective.
  • Because it is fulfilling.
  • Because it is lasting.
     

3.  How would you explain this truth to a friend? “When we love others, we love God.”
 

4.  In your personal prayers, please remember the people of the Texas coast and Florida who have lost much – including family and friends – and the recovery process involving so many.
 

5.  Commit to memory: “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31 (The Great Commandment).

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

September 10
When the Waters Rise: We Pray

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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 "When the Waters Rise…We Pray" message from Matthew 8:23-27.
 

1.  Share an experience in your life – or the life of someone you know well – when God answered a prayer offered in a time of trouble.  What was the troubling matter?  How did God answer the prayer?

 

2.  How would you explain to a friend that the storm experience helped to strengthen the faith of the disciples?

 

3.  Learning about prayer from the prayer of the disciples in the storm…which of these is most important to you?  Why?

  • Prayer can be very simple.
  • Prayer can be very honest.
  • Prayer will be very powerful.
     

4.  In your personal prayers, please remember the people of the Texas coast and Florida who have lost much – including family and friends – and the recovery process involving so many.

 

5.  Commit to memory: “They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress.” 
Psalm 107:28.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

September 3
Genesis: Reunification


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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 "Genesis: Two Dreamers" message from Genesis 40:1-8.

 

1.  For Joseph’s family the catastrophe was a famine.  For Texas the catastrophe is a hurricane and the loss that storms and flooding bring.  Talk about a Christian’s response in times of crisis and need.

 

2.  Israel’s (Jacob’s) family goes from dysfunction and disunity to unity.  Of these three points, in your opinion, which is most important?  Why?

  • The guilty conscience of the brothers.
  • The strong love of Judah that emerges.
  • The shared struggle of the family.
     

3.  God loves unity.  From the life of Christ, how can we know that?

 

4.  In your personal prayers, please remember the people of the Texas coast who have lost much – including family and friends – and the recovery process involving so many.

 

5.  Commit to memory: “God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Christ.”  Colossians 1:19.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

August 27
Genesis: Two Dreamers

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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 "Genesis: Two Dreamers" message from Genesis 40:1-8.

 

1.  Like Joseph, sometimes life is “one step forward and two steps back.”  How do you react when you go through an experience like that?  What does it mean to trust God’s goodness in situations like that?

2.  Just because something looks bad doesn’t mean that God isn’t using it for good. How was it that true for Joseph?  How was that true for Jesus?

3.  How would you explain this to a friend: “You can make a difference wherever you are, even if your aren’t where you want to be.  The question is not your circumstance or position, but your attitude”?

4.  Three thoughts for faith in tough times…which is most important for you?  Why?

  • God is bigger than your situation.
  • God is bigger than your feelings.
  • God is bigger than your limitations.

5.  Commit to memory: “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

 

August 20
Genesis: Joseph

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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 "Genesis: Joseph" message from Genesis 37:17b-24a.

 

1.  Hatred can lead a person to think and do terrible things.  How would you explain to a child that holding a grudge or hating another person is wrong.

2.  In a healthy marriage, healthy family priorities are important.  How helpful are the priorities listed inColossians 3:17-23?  What steps can you take to better align your life, your marriage, your family with these priorities?

  • God
  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Work

3.  Three things love will do for others.  Which is most important to you?  Why?

  • Love advocates for others.
  • Love shows mercy to others.
  • Love acts on behalf of others.

4.  “Love is motivated by God, driven by grace.”  How is this an example of Jesus’s love for you?

5.  Commit to memory: “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:35.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

August 13
Genesis: Wrestling with God

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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 "Genesis: Wrestling with God" message from Genesis 32:22-28.

 

1.  What do you know about wrestling?  How does that help you understand the wrestling match between Jacob and God?

2.  Jacob was concerned for Jacob.  When you read Philippians 2:7, how is this radically different from Jesus?

3.  How would you explain this statement to a friend: “God can bless us through our struggles with Him”?

4.  How struggles are blessings: which of these statements can you relate to best? Why?

  • Our struggles reveal our weaknesses.
  • Our struggles build our character.
  • Our struggles can make us stronger.
  • Our scars can be a blessing.

5.  Commit to memory: “I will boast all he more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

Augusts 6
Genesis: Leah and Rachel

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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 "Genesis: Leah and Rachel" message from Genesis 29:10-12, 15-18.

 

1.  Describe the time/occasion when you first met your fiancé/spouse/best friend. How did it happen?  How did you know that this would be a very special person in your life?

2.  Relationships are God’s idea.  We are made for relationships.  Sin exists in relationships.  In your opinion, what are the implications of each of these three statements?

3.  If you think about relationships with God at the top and two people at either end of the base, which direction – horizontal or vertical – moves you closer to God and one another?  How is the image of the triangle helpful?

4.  How would you explain this statement to a friend: “Jesus came for sin from sin”?

5.  Commit to memory: “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness…” Matthew 6:33.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

July 30
Genesis: Jacob and Esau

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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 "Genesis: Jacob and Esau" message from Genesis 25:21-26a.

 

1.  Sibling rivalry is universal.  Describe a time in your life when you experienced or observed sibling rivalry.  What happened?  Was it resolved well?  Why or why not?
 

2.  The mother, Rebekah, played favorites with her sons.  How did this make the problem even worse?  What can I learn from her mistake?
 

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

  • Exercise patience instead of anger.
  • Ask:  Am I putting the best or worst construction on what happened?
  • Don’t be passive aggressive.
  • Don’t let conflict linger.
  • Conflict is only resolved by love.
     

4.  How would you explain to a friend that God has opened His arms to us, not to harm, but to embrace?”
(See Isaiah 40:10-11).  How is Jesus an example of this truth?
 

5.  Commit to memory: “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”  Ephesians 4:26-27.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

July 23
Genesis: Isaac

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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 "Genesis: Isaac" message from Genesis 22:1-8a.

 

1.  Share an important lesson that you learned from your father or another influential person in your life.  Can you be a person of influence and impact for another? Why? Why not?

 

2.  Can you give an example of a hard test in life that stretched your faith? Describe how your faith was strengthened going through that difficulty.

 

3.  How would you explain to a friend the connections between the Isaac narrative and the crucifixion of Jesus?

 

4.  Commit to memory:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV).

 

5.  Please keep our Concordia Mission SA Team in your prayers as they share Christ’s love with the people with the people of San Antonio.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

July 16
Genesis: Sodom and Gomorrah

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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 "Genesis: Sodom and Gomorrah" message from Genesis 18:23-28, 32.

 

1.  What are some of your favorite cities to visit?  What do you like about them most? What do you dislike?

 

2.  How would you explain this to a friend?  Using bad to outweigh good leads to cynicism and pain.  Using good to outweigh bad leads to hope.

 

3.  From the appeal of Abraham, which point is most important to you?  Why?

  • Abraham saw himself.  He understood that his life was not above wickedness.
  • Abraham saw God’s desire to save the city and all who were in it.
  • Abraham saw something he could love.  It was someone – Lot, his nephew.

4.  Commit to memory:  “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23).

 

5.  Please keep our Concordia Alaska Mission Team in your prayers as they share Christ’s love with tribal peoples living in the Fairbanks area.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

July 9
Genesis: Abraham

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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 "Genesis: Abraham" message from Genesis 15:1-6.

 

1.  Abram means “father.” Abraham means “father of nations.” Share the meaning of your name and/or why you were given your name.

2.  God gave Abraham enough protection and provision for himself, his family, and others.  What are the implications of that truth for you?

3.  “Imputed righteousness” means that God adds to our lives righteousness.  Why are these questions important?  How would you explain the answers to a friend?

  • What does God need from me?  Answer: Nothing.
  • What does God want from me?  Answer:  Trust that builds a relationship.
  • What does God give to me?  Answer:  His righteousness.

4.  Commit to memory:  “Consider Abraham: ‘He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.” (Galatians 3:6-7).

5.  Please keep our Concordia Mega Mission Team in your prayers as they share Christ’s love in Oklahoma City and Moore, Oklahoma.

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

July 2
Genesis: Babel

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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 "Genesis: Babel" message from Genesis 11:1-9.

 

1.  Sometimes we simply don’t do the things we know we should.  Have you ever experienced that…something like Pastor McKnight described with his doctor? Why do you think you felt so reluctant?  How did you get past your reluctance?

 

2.  How is the story of building the tower of Babel a story of foolishness and “drag marks?”

 

3.  Two important thoughts concerning God’s will…how would you explain them to a friend?

  • God’s will will be done;
  • The will of God is always good for us.

4.  “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:28).  How does the narrative of Babel illustrate the importance of this truth?  Will you be in God’s Word daily?

 

5.  Commit to memory:  “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21).

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

June 25
Genesis: Noah
 

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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 "Genesis: Noah" message from Genesis 7:11-16.
 

1.  How is the story of Noah a story of “do-overs” for both Noah and God?
 

2.  From the account of Noah, some observations about the character of God…which is most important to you?  Why?

  • God cares for His creation.
  • God keeps us safe.
  • God blesses and saves through adversity.

3.  There is death and new life that comes out of baptism.  How would you explain this truth to a friend?
(See Romans 6:3-4). 
 

4.  Am I prepared for and ready to survive adversity?  Where can I grow stronger?  What will I do this week to make a new start?

  • In God’s Word daily.
  • In worship.
  • Serving.
  • Inviting others into my church family.

5.  Commit to memory:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” (II Corinthians 5:17).

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

June 18
Genesis: Cain and Abel


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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 "Genesis: Cain and Abel" (Father’s Day) message from Genesis 3:1-6.

 

1.  What makes Father’s Day special for you?  What is your best memory of your dad?

2.  Where there is sin, things go downhill quickly.  How is this true in the story of Cain and Abel?

3.  When Cain is angry, God acts.  How does this help us understand the character of God?

  • He comforts Cain.
  • He warns Cain.

4.  Lessons concerning justice and injustice:  Which is most important to you?  Why?

  • Sin does not solve injustice.
  • God knows injustice.
  • God doesn’t just deliver justice to us, He makes us just.  (How do you know that is true?)

5.  Commit to memory:  “See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (I John 3:1).

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

June 11
Genesis: Fall

 

J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Sunday morning’s "Genesis: The Fall" message from Genesis 3:1-6.

 

1.  Have you ever taken a great fall?  How badly were you hurt?  How quickly were you able to come back?  What did you learn about great falls and recovery?
 

2.  How is Genesis 3 an account of total tragedy?
 

3.  How would you explain this to a friend? In times of temptation, Satan:

  • Misrepresents God’s Word;
  • Misrepresents God’s character;
  • Appeals to our desires.
     

4.  How would you explain this to a friend?  In times of temptation and sin God is present with His promise of hope and forgiveness.  What did this mean for Adam and Eve?  What does this mean for me?

  • “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15b).

 

5.  Commit to memory:  “He (Jesus) has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” (Colossians 1:13).

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!

 

 

 

June 4
Genesis: Creation

 

Let's Talk About It...

J2e3 conversations...here are some questions to help you have a conversation with family and others related to Memorial Day Sunday morning’s "In the Beginning: Creation" message from Genesis 1:1-5.

 

1.  Describe a time when you were surrounded by incredible natural beauty.  When you were in that setting, what were you thinking…feeling?  What did you think about God?  Why?

 

2.  How is Genesis 1 an account of God’s grace?

 

3.  Why do you think the New Testament repeatedly references Jesus’ presence and participation in creation?  (John 1:1-14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).

 

4.  How is the creation account and God’s comment concerning creation as “good” a stark contrast to the sinful nature of people which required Jesus’ crucifixion?

 

5.  Commit to memory:  “He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation…all things were created by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16).

 

Remember, a better life begins with a CONVERSATION!