From Death To Life

Start with Prayer.
Praise God for showing you grace and giving you new life.
Confess your sins to him and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus.
 
Read John 11:1-27
How long had Lazarus been in the tomb when Jesus found him?
What did Martha tell Jesus when she saw him coming in v.21-22?
What does Jesus call himself in v.25
How does he explain that claim in v.25-26?
What does Martha profess to believe in v.27?
What is the main point of this passage?
If Jesus is the resurrection and the life, how does that impact your daily life?
 
Close with prayer.
Praise Jesus for saving you and giving you new life and eternal life.
Pray for the person you know that does not believe in Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 
 

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Jesus Is God

Start with prayer.
Praise the Lord for loving you even though you disobey him and choose other things over him.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to forgive you and help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read Joh 10:31-42
Why did the Jews want to stone him?
If they rejected his own testimony of who he was were they his sheep?
Jesus is quoting Psalm 82:6 in v.34. Some believe God is calling humans gods here or that this refers to Israel. Others believe this is referring to heavenly beings not humans and Jesus would be included in that since he has claimed to be from above or from heaven. 
Its a little confusing here but Jesus’ point is that he is God in the flesh and he is not blaspheming but speaking the truth.
Again Jesus claims to be one with the Father in v. 38
What did they try to do to him this time?
What happens at the end of this story in v.42?
What is the purpose of this book? 20:31
What are the benefits of believing in Jesus as God? How might that belief impact your daily life?
 
End with Prayer.
Profess your belief in Jesus as God The Son and in the Trinity.
Praise God for his word and praise him for allowing you to hear his voice and believe.
Pray for the person you know that does not believe.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Trinitarian Security

Start with prayer.
Praise God for your weekend and the time with the saints on Sunday.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 10:22-29
The Feast of Dedication is also known as Hanukkah. It is a celebration of the rededication of the temple. 
A group of Jews asked Jesus to tell them if he was the Messiah or not. How did Jesus respond to them?
How does Jesus describe his sheep in this passage?
Who is holding on to who in v.28?
Who is holding on to who in v.29?
If God and Jesus are one that supports the idea of the trinity. 3 Persons in 1 God. The Holy Spirit isn’t mentioned here but will be mentioned later on.
If the Trinity is holding on to you will they let go of you?
Who does the Trinity NOT hold on to?
This passage supports the teaching of eternal security which means that once you believe and you belong to God, He holds on to you and you will be his for eternity. 
Nothing or No one will be able to take us aways from him. Romans 8:31-39
How does this teaching help you live out your life as a follower of Jesus?
 
End with prayer.
Praise God for holding on to you and for your eternal security as his child.
Ask God to help you to follow Jesus as his sheep.
Pray for the person you know that does not believe in Jesus and is therefore without the protection of the trinity.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Weekend Review

Read the entire weeks reading at one time.
What stands out to you the most? Why do you think that is?
What was the best part of your week?
What was the worst part of your week?
Spend some time praying about that.
Pray for the church service tomorrow.
Pray that a cure for the Coronavirus would be found and that it would stop spreading.
Pray for those who have it already; that they would get better.

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The Good Shepherd

Start with prayer.
Praise God for your new life in Christ and what has changed in you since you have been with him.
Confess your sins and ask God to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 10:11-21
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus calls himself the door and the shepherd?
Have you ever heard the expression “If you want the job done right do it yourself.” Jesus has more right to say that than anyone and he most certainly did take action. He knows that no one can shepherd his people like he can. No “hired hand”  would care enough or be powerful enough to save and shepherd the flock of God. 
What does the good shepherd do for his sheep in v.11 and v.15?
What does v.18 tell us about the crucifixion? 
Jesus The Good Shepherd went willingly and with joy to the cross. Even though it may not look like he was in control, he was. It was all part of the greater plan to save his sheep. Jesus could have chosen not to die on the cross but he did it anyway. Why? He loves his sheep and he knew it was the only way to save them.
 
End with prayer.
Thank Jesus for being the shepherd of your soul; for saving you and for guiding you.
Pray for the person you know that does not know the shepherds voice yet.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 

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The Good Door

Start with prayer.
Praise God for your friends and family.
Confess your sin and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 10:1-10
Over and over in scripture people are referred to as sheep and that is not always a compliment. Sheep are dumb animals and they make for easy victims. If you don’t believe me watch a few youtube videos. It paints an accurate picture of people and how easily they are led astray by things that can harm them. But there is also a very beautiful picture of sheep and their loving protecting shepherd. 
How does Jesus identify the robber of the sheep?
How does Jesus identify the shepherd of the sheep?
What do the sheep recognize about their shepherd?
Who is the door?
What does the door lead to? v.9
Where else does the door lead to? v.10
Typically, a good shepherd will lead his sheep to greener pastures for them to enjoy. That is the picture here. 
What do the sheep have to do to go to the greener pastures to feast on the good stuff?
Are you listening for the shepherds voice or do you follow the thief who came to steal and destroy?
 
End with prayer.
Tell God that you are listening for his voice and want to follow him to his green pastures.
Pray for your friend that does not recognize their shepherds voice yet.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Spiritual Sight

Start with prayer.
Spend time praising God for spiritual blessings like salvation and the fruit of the spirit.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus (turn on airplane mode on your phone.)
 
Read John 9:18-41.
What is remarkable about the man’s second testimony in v.25?
What question does the man ask the pharisees that made them furious in v.27?
What does Jesus mean by “blind” and “see” at the end of this passage?
When you think of your spiritual journey, how were you blind before but now you know that you can see?
 
End with prayer.
Ask God to continue to open your eyes to see the world the way he does.
Pray for the person you know that is spiritually blind.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Missing A Miracle Because of Blind Legalism

Start with Prayer.
Spent time praising God.
Confess your sins to him and ask for strength to change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 9:13-17
Why did some of the pharisees think Jesus was not of God?
Again with the Sabbath. Again the pharisees are more focused on a tradition than helping people. 
Their legalism made them blind and made them miss out on who Jesus was and what Jesus was really about.
Their legalism led them to an investigation when they should have been celebrating that someone was healed.
What did the blind man think about Jesus?
He gave them an incomplete answer. Was it because he truly didn’t know or because he was afraid?
Remember legalism is not keeping God’s word it is turning tradition into God’s word.
Do you have any legalistic tendencies that you need to repent of?
Do you altar your beliefs and convictions out of fear of those who are legalistic?
 
End with Prayer.
Ask God to open your eyes to any legalism in your heart.
Ask God to help you to expose legalism in others.
Pray for the person you know that does not know Jesus and his grace and love.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Display God’s Power Through Your Weakness

Start with prayer.
Thank God for your weekend and for your time with the saints on Sunday.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change and praise him for his grace.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 9:1-12.
What did the disciples think was the possible causes of the man’s blindness?
What does this tell you about the religious culture at the time?
How did Jesus correct this kind of thinking?
What weaknesses or limitations do you have?
Have you ever thought that you could use them to glorify God?
Have you ever thought you could overcome them for the glory of God?
Either way you look at it you exist to glorify God.
How can you glorify God today?
 
End with prayer.
Praise God for your weaknesses or flaws and pray that they glorify God.
Pray for the person you know that does not know God.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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