Online Sunday School – 9/20/20

September 20 – Psalm 46

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • How do you feel the Psalmist portrays God? Why?
  • In your own words, what do verses 4-7 communicate about who God is?
  • In your own words, what do verses 8-11 communicate about what God has done in the past?
  • In verse 10, the Psalmist quotes God. What does it mean to “be still, and know that I am God?”
  • How does/could rest impact our relationship with God and our understanding about who God is?
  • How does rest and being still in life impact our understanding of who we are and what control we have over life?
  • What are go-to stress relievers when life gets challenging?
  • Do they actually help you find rest and de-stress? Why or why not?
  • How do you know when you should “be still” in the midst of stress versus taking action and doing something?
  • What does it mean or look like to “know that I am God” in times of rest and stillness?
  • What spiritual practices (prayer, reading your Bible, meditation, etc.) do you find helpful to your rest?
  • What would it look like for you to find moments this week to “be still and know that I am God”?

Online Sunday School – 9/13/20

September 13 

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • Why were the Pharisees so upset about the fact that Jesus’ disciples were picking grain?
  • Why would the Pharisees have had such a problem with Jesus healing a man’s hand on the Sabbath?
  • The Mishnah, writings based on the oral teachings from the Torah stated, “Whenever there is doubt whether life is in danger, this overrides the Sabbath.” Jesus is apparently referring to that common teaching in this situation.
  • What is Jesus saying about that understanding?
  • Reread Mark 2:27-28. What does it mean that, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
  • When it comes to instilling Sabbath in our lives, how do we understand what counts as work and what counts as rest?
  • Can something be restful to one person and be work to another person? Why or why not?
  • Can something be restful one time and work another time? Why or why not?
  • How do we say no to things when we need to prioritize rest?
  • What would it look like for you to say no to something in your schedule this week and replace it with a time of
  • rest?

Online Sunday School – 9/6/20

September 6 

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • What are the accusations that God is bringing against the priests in this section?
  • How do you react to God’s line of, “Return to me, and I will return to you”?
  • How are the people of Israel robbing God?
  • How have you heard tithe talked about in our lives?
  • How does that compare or contrast with the Biblical understanding and goal of tithing?
  • For Israel, the temple was also their vehicle of government. In other words, paying the tithe was as much a religious practice as it was a civil responsibility. How does that compare to our system of paying taxes?
  • If paying taxes can be attributed to meeting the same goal of the tithe, does that mean we shouldn’t worry about being generous? Why or why not?
  • What would it look like for us to fulfill the same heart behind the goal of tithing in the Bible?
  • What would be the benefit to our communities (school, town, church, etc.) if we practiced generosity more often?
  • Is there something you can do this week, not out of guilt but cheerfully, to give to someone in need?

Online Sunday School – 8/30/20

Malachi 2:17-3:5

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • How would you describe the two responses to social justice issues – suffering, hunger, sickness, etc.?
  • Does the second response mean that we shouldn’t pray for social injustice? Why or why not?
  • With the understanding that this list are all people who are oppressing or taking advantage of others, does it add
  • anything to how we think about the people’s two responses to these kinds of situations?
  • Do we have people or issues like this in our day and age?
  • How do you feel our culture responds to issues like these?
  • How do you feel your church responds to issues like these?
  • How would you honestly say that you respond to issues like these?
  • What is one thing that you could do this week to participate in God’s justice in the world?

Online Sunday School – 8/23/20

Malachi 2:1-9

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • How do you feel about the idea of God cursing the priests for their actions?
  • Verse 3 provides quite the visual! Why would God stoop to a 6-year old level and threaten to shove animal dung in their faces?
  • What are the accusations that God is bringing against the priests in this section?
  • What does it mean to show “partiality in matters of the law”?
  • What would it mean to consider yourself a priest or “a messenger of the Lord” as you go about your day?
  • Would living as “a messenger of the Lord” or to turn others from sin mean being outcasted by your friends or at
  • school? Why or why not?

Online Sunday School – 8/16/20

Malachi 1:6-14

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • How would you describe the attitude of God in this passage?
  • What would you say is God’s goal or motivation in addressing Israel?
  • What are the accusations that God is bringing against Israel?
  • Why is the comparison in verse 8 important for us to understand?
  • What does it say about the priests that they were going above and beyond to find favor in the eyes of governors or other leaders, but with God they were doing the bare minimum?
  • In verse 14, God calls the priests a “cheat” (the Hebrew word literally means deceiver, conspire or to be crafty). How are they trying to deceive God?
  • What insights do these aspects of how Israel was engaging with leaders and the priests promising God the best and then giving the least tell us about what was happening?
  • How do the ways you show your parents, teachers or other adults that you care about them compare to how you show God that you care?

Online Sunday School – 8/9/20

Matthew 28:21-25

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • How would you define forgiveness?
  • Do you relate to any of the characters in the parable? If so, which one and why?
  • Who suffered more as a result of the lack of forgiveness: the servant who refused to forgive or the one who didn’t receive it?
  • How would you summarize the moral of the story and how does it apply to us today?
  • How does forgiveness work? i.e. What does it look like in a relationship?
  • The Greek word used for “forgive” literally can be translated as “to send away,” “to let go” or “to release.” How does that help us understand what it means to forgive someone?
  • When we don’t forgive someone, who suffers as a consequence of the lack of forgiveness?
  • Is forgiving someone something we can just choose to do whenever we want? Why or why not?
  • Who is one person in your life that you could take a step towards forgiving them this week? What would that practically look like for you?

Online Sunday School – 8/2/20

August 2(Phil. 2:1-11)

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • How would you define humility?
  • Who is the humblest person that you know? What makes them so humble?
  • What would it mean or look like to value others above yourself?
  • Would always valuing others above yourself lead to you being walked all over in an unhealthy way? Why or why not?
  • Is it ever okay to put yourself first? Why or why not?
  • What do you make of Paul’s example of this way of living in Jesus’ live, and most importantly, in his death? What was the consequence of Jesus living in this way? (see verses 9-11)
  • What is the difference between trying to be the best version of ourselves versus using other people as inspiration and motivation to learn and grow in ways that may not be innate?
  • How would it impact your life if instead of being jealous of others who were better at certain things that you are, you celebrated them and asked to learn from them?
  • What would the world look like if we all operated in a way where we celebrated others and set out to learn from one another?
  • What is one person in your life that you have been jealous of? What would it look like to shift your attitude to celebrate and learn from that person instead?

Online Sunday School – 7/26/20

July 26 (Matthew 18:15-20)

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • What do you notice about the process of dealing with conflict and offenses that Jesus lays out?
  • When someone wrongs you, is your first reaction to “go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone”? Why or why not?
  • Where is the line between getting advice from someone about a potential conflict and gossiping about another person?
  • Have you ever asked a couple of friends or trusted adults to help you work through a conflict with another per- son? If yes, what was that like? If no, why not?
  • Why would Jesus encourage his disciples to handle conflict directly?
  • How would conflicts in your life be different if you were able to trust Jesus’ words that as you have tough conversations, Jesus will be there with you?
  • Are there any people who have hurt you that you need to be honest with and talk to this week?
  • Are there any conflicts in your life where you need the help of others in order to help resolve the situation? If so, who could you ask to help you?

Sunday School – 7/19/20

Sunday School Scripture & Questions for July 19, 2020

Mark 3:13-21

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.  He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.  These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter),  James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”),  Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot  and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”

 

  • What words or lines jump out to you in the text? Why?
  • Why do you think Jesus would pick such a diverse and different group to be His disciples?
  • What could be good about that choice? Bad?
  • Would you say that you spend most of your time with people who are just like you or with people who are different than you?
  • Why do you think many social groups are geared around people who are very similar? Do you think that is easier when it comes to your own relationships?
  • What are some of the benefits of building relationships and community with people who are different from you? Should there be a line as far as whether you should build relationships with certain people based on their differences? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel excited or resistant to the idea of building relationships with people who are different from you? Why?
  • What is one person who is different from you in your school, neighborhood, or community that you could possibly try to build a deeper relationship and get to know better?
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