Tag Archives: Lent

Friday Question: Holy Week

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Holy Week is coming up…what story from the Holy Week narrative (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday/Last Supper/footwashing/betrayal/love-lays-down-life/etc, Good Friday/death/tomb, Holy Saturday/silence/waiting/grief, Easter/resurrection) is your favorite? What has the most meaning for you? Are there any you really dislike and would rather do without, or that are confusing and muddle your understanding of God?

With the Word online Bible study–Call – Answer

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mark 7.24-30

From there Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.’ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

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What pops out at you in this story? Is there anything that makes you go “hmm….” or “huh?” or “hey!!!!” Are you reminded of any other stories–whether in the Bible, in literature/movies/music/TV, or in your own life? As you read, do you hear any music in your head?

This woman is calling out to Jesus from the depths of her distress, and Jesus answers her with a derogatory racial slur. How does that make you feel, as a follower of Christ? If you were the woman, how would you respond? What do you think of how she does respond?

Jesus has been calling people to repent and believe, to trust that the kingdom of God is at hand. This woman answers his call…but she wasn’t who he expected to answer. How do we respond when people we do not expect show up to answer a call?

This can be read as a story in which a quick-witted woman is a conduit for the Holy Spirit, opening Jesus’ eyes and calling him to a broader, more generous ministry than he had envisioned for himself. He clearly changes his mind about who he is here for…how does that affect your understanding of Jesus, that he learned and changed throughout his life and ministry?

What are our lines in the sand that the Spirit might be calling us to erase, what circles are we called to broaden? Are there situations when we are like the woman? Like Jesus?

What do you hear as the good news in this text? What do you hear as a challenge? What might this passage have to say to our community today?

 

with the Word online Bible study–seeing-believing

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Mark 8.27-33

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

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What pops out at you in this story? Is there anything that makes you go “hmm….” or “huh?” or “hey!!!!” Are you reminded of any other stories–whether in the Bible, in literature/movies/music/TV, or in your own life? As you read, do you hear any music in your head?

Have you ever felt like Peter–getting it right and then immediately wrong in the next sentence?

In our world today, who do people say that Jesus is? who do YOU say that Jesus is? and who does JESUS say that he is? How do these three descriptions go together?

What does it mean that Jesus is the Messiah? What connotations does the word “Messiah” have for you/in our culture? How does Jesus meet those expectations (if at all)? What expectations does Jesus meet (if any)?

When have you, or we as a church, set our mind on human things instead of divine things? How do we get back on track?

What do you hear as the good news in this text? What do you hear as a challenge? What might this passage have to say to our community today?