Cast the Net
7: The Backstory of John the Baptist
Malachi 4:5-6, Luke 1:5-25,57-66 What was the deal with the prophets...what was their job? How do prophecies work? Malachi mentions Elijah, perhaps the greatest of God's prophets. This was written 400 years before Jesus was born. It is the last prophecy recorded on the Old Testament. Zechariah and Elizabeth, John's parents, were old--well past child-bearing years. They had waited a long time for a child--had probably given up all hope. The people of Israel had waited a long time for their...
6: Sin Messed Up the Perfect Gift, but God Had a Plan
As we enter the gift-giving season, we ask: Did you ever make a gift for somebody by hand--create a masterpiece that you were excited to give? God did. Genesis 2 and 3 How do you feel when you give somebody a handmade gift? What if that person called it ugly and tossed it aside? Do we do that to God sometimes? What is expected of us in the care of creation? Is it sinful not to do that? If the man was in the garden with God, why did God say it wasn't good for the man to be alone? What was...
5: Jesus Cleans Up the Gross Stuff
John 13:1-17 - Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet What is the setting for this event? What other things happened at the Last Supper? Why did Judas betray Jesus? What circumstances did Satan use? What were the people following Jesus expect him to do and how was that different than his mission? What does it tell us about Jesus that he sat his betrayer at his table, in a place of honor, and washed his feet? Jesus also washed the feet of his denier. How are the feet so disgusting? What other...
4: The Shepherd and His Sheep
John 10:1-18 This is a great piece of Scripture! Lots to talk about... The sheep recognize their shepherd's voice. How do we recognize Jesus' voice? What other voices are there? How can we tell the difference? What does it mean that Jesus is the gate of the sheep pen? Who is the thief? How does the thief steal the full life that Jesus wants for us? Why do sheep even need a shepherd? What does it mean that the shepherd lays down his life for his flock? And what about the hired hand? What...
3: Jesus Heals Body and Soul
Mark 2:1-12, Jesus forgives and heals a paralyzed man. -What do we know about the men who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus? Not too much. Anybody in the crowd saw their actions, but Jesus saw their faith. -What did the men think when Jesus' first reaction was to forgive the man's sin? Did they have a crisis of faith because Jesus didn't do what they were expecting him to do? -What is blasphemy? -Why did Jesus forgive the man's sins? Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
2: Jesus Heals Body and Mind
Mark 1:40-45, Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy -What is leprosy? -What does "indignant" mean? -Why did Jesus touch the guy? -Why did the man do exactly the opposite of what Jesus asked him to do? feedback: email@example.com