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January 2021 

JANUARY 3rd - EPIPHANY SUNDAY

Isaiah 60:1-6  What was a very dark time in your life?  When & how did light shine on those dark times?  How did you parade around your new-found joy?

Psalm 72:1-7,10-14  What are your favorite lines in the national anthem?  What three qualities will an effective leader bring to his people?  Why would other leaders defer to God’s great King?

Ephesians 3:1-12  Who has reached out to you and encouraged you with the Gospel?  Who in your family or circle of friends needs to have you share the Gospel with them?  What would be the best way to share it so they would appreciate it?

Matthew 2:1-12  Who in high places do you trust and why?  Who don’t you trust?  What are the charities that you like to or wish you could help?

JANUARY 10th - BAPTISM OF OUR LORD

Genesis 1:1-5  What are your favorite memories of your early beginnings?  How would you describe the type of literature in the Creation story?  How does being created in God’s image affect your self-image?  How does it affect the way you look at the environment?

Psalm 29  Do you hear the Lord talking through nature?  Why do you think the psalmist uses the name of the Lord 18 Times?  When there are storms in your life, are you able to still praise God?

Acts 19:1-7  The people of Ephesus were very factious.  What do “factions” do to a church or a family?  Do some Christians have more of God’s Holy Spirit than others?

Mark 1:4-11  How would you like to have John the Baptist as your spiritual leader?  Why is John so important to the story of Jesus?  Was it something that Jesus did that made God so pleased?  Or was it just the nature of their relationship?

JANUARY 17th - SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)  What was your most embarrassing case of “mistaken identity”?  Why was the Word of the Lord rare in those days?  Why was Eli so insistent on Samuel telling him his vision?  What was the most difficult message you ever had to pass on to someone?

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18  How does David feel about God’s total knowledge of him?  How do you feel knowing that God knows your every thought?  How does this psalm make you feel about yourself and your value to God?

1 Corinthians 6:12-20  What’s the best thing that you’ve done for your health?  Which of Paul’s arguments are most convincing?  What is the relationship between the “physical” and “spiritual”?  What does it mean that “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit”?

John 1:43-51  What helps Nathanael to get over his initial skepticism about Jesus?  How do you like the way Jesus gives his potential disciples a “test drive”?  In your spiritual life, who saw your potential before you saw it in yourself?

JANUARY 24th - THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Jonah 3:1-5, 10  What evidence do you see that God is a God of second chances.  As bad as the leaders of Nineveh have been, how do you account for their response to Jonah’s message?  When has God given you multiple chances?  How easy or hard is it for you to challenge people to change their way of doing things?

Psalm 62:5-12  What place or activity gives you the most peace?  Why?  What does David urge us to trust and not trust?  Does our world equate being strong with being loving?

1 Corinthians 7:29-31  What does it mean to say that “the time is short”?  Can you imagine holding God so dear, that anything else in your life is a very distant second?  Is there anything in this world that is NOT “passing away”?

Mark 1:14-20  What is the “Good News”?  What is it about fishermen that makes for good disciples?  Why didn’t Jesus go to the seminary in Jerusalem to get his disciples?  What makes you want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?  What skills do you have that Jesus could use for his ministry?

JANUARY 31st - FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Deuteronomy 18:15-20  What was the role of the prophet?  What was the responsibility of the people?  Is prophesy more about “foretelling the future” or “forth-telling the truth”?  Who do you know that might have the gift of prophesy?

Psalm 111  How did God cause his works to be remembered?  What “works” of God show faithfulness and justice?  As you ponder, how has God worked in your personal history, lately?

1 Corinthians 8:1-13  How is it that what is sin for one group is not sin for another?  Can you think of times when our moral rules can distract others from their faith?  Where in your experience is one person’s “freedom” another person’s “stumbling block”?

Mark 1:21-28  Who was one of your best teachers and what made them so good?  How was Jesus’ authority and teaching different from others?  How much authority does Jesus have in your life?  What would he have to “cast out” to give you a stronger faith?

FEBRUARY 4th -  FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Isaiah 40:21-31  What is the time span of human governments?  What do you think brings down most governments?  What is it about God’s authority that gives it lasting power?  What does God promise to those who are low on energy or hope?

Psalm 147:1-11, 20  What inspires you to creativity?  How does God respond to the needs at hand?  What does God consider to be “strength”?  Has God ever surprised you with a creative alternative to an impossible situation?

1 Corinthians 9:16-23  What’s the difference between being “wishy-washy” and meeting people “on their turf”?  Have you ever denied yourself some “basic rights” for the sake of the Gospel?  Where are you willing to compromise in order to be more loving in sharing the Gospel?

Mark 1:29-39  How do you picture the scene where Jesus is healing many?  Why do you think Jesus doesn’t want the demons to speak?  Why did Jesus want his “alone time”?  Do you have any designated “alone time”?  What always followed Jesus’ retreats?