Pleasant Aroma [ Leviticus 4.22-35 ]

Today is June 25th. Hello, I’m glad that you are here and reading this today. I am so excited for our progression through Leviticus that we are beginning. This morning, we are in Leviticus 4.  At first glance, the Levitical law might seem exhaustive, redundant, and boring. However, the book comes alive and so exciting when we realize that Jesus fulfilled the law, and we learn to connect how these laws apply to and speak to us now. I hope and pray that your joy in the lord would be renewed daily, that His love would overflow out of you, and that you would see God as your greatest treasure! (Matthew 13:44) Praise King Jesus. - Evan

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. See below for a helpful commentary on today’s reading.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ Leviticus 4:22-35 ]
22 “When a leader sins, doing unintentionally any one of all the things that by the commandments of the LORD his God ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, 23 or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring as his offering a goat, a male without blemish, 24 and shall lay his hand on the head of the goat and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the LORD; it is a sin offering.

_ Who was the target audience for this particular offering?
_ Which animal was necessary for this particular offering?
_ What type of offering is mentioned in this first section?

25 Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering. 26 And all its fat he shall burn on the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings. So the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin, and he shall be forgiven.

_ How would the priest make atonement for the leaders sin?

27 “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the LORD's commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, 28 or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed. 29 And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and kill the sin offering in the place of burnt offering. 30 And the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out all the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 31 And all its fat he shall remove, as the fat is removed from the peace offerings, and the priest shall burn it on the altar for a pleasing aroma to the LORD. And the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be forgiven.

_ How would the priest make atonement for the common people?
_ What would the priest do with the blood for the sin offering?

32 “If he brings a lamb as his offering for a sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish 33 and lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and kill it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. 34 Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out all the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 35 And all its fat he shall remove as the fat of the lamb is removed from the sacrifice of peace offerings, and the priest shall burn it on the altar, on top of the LORD's food offerings. And the priest shall make atonement for him for the sin which he has committed, and he shall be forgiven.
_ Jesus fulfilled the law when He came down to earth and died for our sins (matt. 5:17), what is the equivalent now then of a pleasant aroma to God?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )

_ Lev. 4:22–35 The priest atones for the sin of a leader or an individual by what he does with the blood at the altar of the burnt offering (v. 25) and by burning the fat on it (v. 26). The meat is not burned outside the camp, since it will be eaten by the priests (6:24–30).

All Have Sinned - Now What? [ Leviticus 4:1-21 ]

It is Monday, June 24, 2019. As the first couple of chapters of Leviticus have unfolded, we have seen God sketching His grand plan of redemption. The Lord has laid out a specific pattern of thankfulness, sacrifice, and obedience for his people. Today we see that same pattern continue as God tells Moses how His people could atone for unintentional sin. God knows that all people sin and fall short of what He has called them to do. He made a path to forgiveness and reconciliation. The blood of bulls was required to atone for the sins of the people during the time of Moses. These offerings/sacrifices showed the people that there must be a payment for sin. The wages of sin is death. The bull paid the price. However, as God’s plan continues to unfold, we see that He offers a gift through His Son, Jesus. God Himself would be the offering for all sin over all time. As we call on Jesus, His grace is now the only way to forgiveness and reconciliation with Father God. What sin have you carried that could be handed over to Jesus today? Will you trust your abundantly merciful Father? Kim

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. See below for a helpful commentary on today’s reading.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ Leviticus 4:1-21 ]
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord's commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them, 3 if it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull from the herd without blemish to the Lord for a sin offering. 4 He shall bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord and lay his hand on the head of the bull and kill the bull before the Lord.

_ Who does God address directly to educate the people about what He requires? Verse 1
_ Whose sin is addressed in the 1st section? See verse 3

5 And the anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting, 6 and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle part of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the veil of the sanctuary. 7 And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense before the Lord that is in the tent of meeting, and all the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8 And all the fat of the bull of the sin offering he shall remove from it, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails 9 and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys 10 (just as these are taken from the ox of the sacrifice of the peace offerings); and the priest shall burn them on the altar of burnt offering. 11 But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, with its head, its legs, its entrails, and its dung— 12 all the rest of the bull—he shall carry outside the camp to a clean place, to the ash heap, and shall burn it up on a fire of wood. On the ash heap it shall be burned up. 13 “If the whole congregation of Israel sins unintentionally and the thing is hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they do any one of the things that by the Lord's commandments ought not to be done, and they realize their guilt, 14 when the sin which they have committed becomes known, the assembly shall offer a bull from the herd for a sin offering and bring it in front of the tent of meeting.

_ Whose sin is addressed in this 2nd section? See verse 3
_ What significant word leaps off the page in verse 2 and 13?

15 And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be killed before the Lord. 16 Then the anointed priest shall bring some of the blood of the bull into the tent of meeting, 17 and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord in front of the veil. 18 And he shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar that is in the tent of meeting before the Lord, and the rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 19 And all its fat he shall take from it and burn on the altar. 20 Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven. 21 And he shall carry the bull outside the camp and burn it up as he burned the first bull; it is the sin offering for the assembly.
_ Review the pattern of obedience God called his people to in Chapters 1-3.   Compare and contrast this account.  
_ Who is speaking in this entire passage?
_ This passage is divided into two sections 1-12 and 13-21.  
How are the sections similar?  How are they different?
_ Notice there is no offering for an intentional sin.  How might that alter the way we choose to live?
_ Who makes atonement for the sin of the people in verse 20?  See also Isaiah 53:10-12 below.
_ What is the result of the obedient sacrifice in verse 20? See also Isaiah 53:10-12 below.

Isaiah 53:10-12 - Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )

_ Lev. 4:1–5:13 The sin offering (see also 6:24–30) is for restoring one’s broken relationship with the Lord, whether that was caused by an unintentional sin (4:1–35) or by a sin of omission (5:1–13).

_ Lev. 4:1–21 These verses show how to deal with the sins of the priest and the whole congregation. Blood is sprinkled in front of the veil that separates the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place, indicating that their sins have defiled the Most Holy Place. But since this is a regular occasion, and not the Day of Atonement (ch. 16), the blood cannot be brought into the Most Holy Place. The priest and congregation as a corporate entity bear heavier responsibility than an individual leader or layperson. Therefore, a more costly animal is required for the sacrifice.

_ Lev. 4:3 The anointed priest probably refers to the high priest.

_ Lev. 4:13 If the whole congregation . . . sins unintentionally. For a possible biblical example of unintentional sin, see Josh. 9:15, where Israel made a wrongful covenant with the Gibeonites, not realizing that they were being deceived. realize their guilt. See ESV footnote; compare Lev. 4:22, 27; 5:2, 3, 4, 5.

Desirable Offerings [Leviticus 3:1-17]

Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! Today's passage shows God's view of sacrifice in the Old Testament, complete with hints pointing toward the New Testament and insight into some of His general desires are for us, such as our orderliness and obedience. This offering is called a peace offering, but could also be translated fellowship or alliance offering, as it is an offering to declare or celebrate being at peace with or in fellowship or alliance with God. Let God’s word give you a deeper appreciation for the character of God, and motivate you to love Him as He wants to be loved.  - luke

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ Leviticus 3:1-17 ]
1 “If his offering is a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offers an animal from the herd, male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the Lord. 2 And he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and kill it at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and Aaron's sons the priests shall throw the blood against the sides of the altar. 3 And from the sacrifice of the peace offering, as a food offering to the Lord, he shall offer the fat covering the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails, 4 and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. 5 Then Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar on top of the burnt offering, which is on the wood on the fire; it is a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.6 “If his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering to the Lord is an animal from the flock, male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

_ While these portions talk of using oxen (herd animals) or sheep or goats (flock animals), what are some of the commonalities across these?
_ What are some of the differences?
_ What quality should the animal be? [v1 and v6]

7 If he offers a lamb for his offering, then he shall offer it before the Lord, 8 lay his hand on the head of his offering, and kill it in front of the tent of meeting; and Aaron's sons shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar. 9 Then from the sacrifice of the peace offering he shall offer as a food offering to the Lord its fat; he shall remove the whole fat tail, cut off close to the backbone, and the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails 10 and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. 11 And the priest shall burn it on the altar as a food offering to the Lord.

12 “If his offering is a goat, then he shall offer it before the Lord 13 and lay his hand on its head and kill it in front of the tent of meeting, and the sons of Aaron shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar. 14 Then he shall offer from it, as his offering for a food offering to the Lord, the fat covering the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails 15 and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. 16 And the priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering with a pleasing aroma. All fat is the Lord's. 17 It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.”
_ Fat was and is often considered a choice part of the animal or a delicacy, but what did God note about fat? [v16-17]
_ What did God note about the blood? [v2, v8, v13, v17] What did this blood foreshadow in the New Testament? [numerous verses, e.g. Hebrews 9:11-14]
_ When people made these offerings, and followed God's directions, how did God describe the result? [v5]

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ The aroma of obedience continues to please God today. Think about what God is calling you to offer (time, money, other things, life). How can you honor him through obedience, and through offering the choicest parts?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )

_ Lev. 3:1–17 The peace offering (see also 7:11–36) expresses peace between an offerer and the Lord. As with the burnt offering, there are various motives for a peace offering, from petition to praise.

_ Lev. 3:1–5 For the burnt offering, the entire animal was to be burned up; for the peace offering, only the fatty parts are to be burned. The fat in ancient Israel represented the very best part of the animal (compare the “fat of the wheat,” Num. 18:12).

_ Lev. 3:6–17 Almost the same instructions are given here for the offering of a sheep or a goat.

_ Lev. 3:16–17 The fat, being the very best part of the animal, was to be given to the Lord. The blood was reserved for atoning for the life of the Israelites, therefore it too must not be consumed (see notes on 17:11; 17:12).

Salt Seasoned [Leviticus 2:11-16]

Today we continue to look at the grain offerings. Grain offerings came after the burnt offerings and were a way of worshipping God, acknowledging His provision, saying thank you and remember us. They were a specific, tactile way of saying to the Lord, “by bringing this offering we are deeply grateful for your provision and will include you and remember you in every little mundane act that we do!" As you read this section think about the imagery and elements and where they show up in other parts of Scripture and ultimately point us to Jesus, the bread of life. Do you blow past the small things (salt, the seasoning, the flour, the ears of grain) of your life, or do you find in them a vision of redemption? - Joey

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ Leviticus 2:11-16 ]
11 “No grain offering that you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey as a food offering to the Lord. 12 As an offering of firstfruits you may bring them to the Lord, but they shall not be offered on the altar for a pleasing aroma. 13 You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt. 14 “If you offer a grain offering of firstfruits to the Lord, you shall offer for the grain offering of your firstfruits fresh ears, roasted with fire, crushed new grain. 15 And you shall put oil on it and lay frankincense on it; it is a grain offering. 16 And the priest shall burn as its memorial portion some of the crushed grain and some of the oil with all of its frankincense; it is a food offering to the Lord.

_ ( vs. 11-12) Why do you think leaven or honey are NOT to be included in the grain offering but can be included in the firstfruits offering? (Think about the properties of Leaven and Honey and the purpose of the grain offering, where else do we read of Leaven and Honey in the Scripture- Matthew 13.33, Exodus 3:6-8).

_ (vs.13) Why do are all grain offerings to be seasoned with salt? See 13b and think about the nature of salt, what it does. Where else do we read of salt in the Scripture (Matthew 5.13)?

_ (vs.14-16) What are some of the distinguishing elements of a grain offering that is devoted as a first fruits offering? Why would these instructions be different?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ How might you, in the details of your life, become more thankful in remembering the Lord’s provision for you through Christ?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )

_ Lev. 2:11–13 The worshipers are prohibited from burning leaven or honey on the altar, though the text does not explain why. They could, however, season their offerings with salt, which is described as the salt of the covenant. As a preservative, salt would remind them of the permanence of their covenant relationship with the Lord (see Num. 18:19).

Fire up the Fine Flour [Leviticus 2:1-10]

Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, June 19th, 2019. Leviticus is often viewed as the rule book of the Old Testament. It's a book that we often see incorrectly and are left with an interpretation of legalism. Thinking that Legalism is a pleasing aroma to the Lord. But what if Leviticus was a book about worship, and the heart of worship? A book showing why we must worship? We are about to see the Lord command another type of offering; a food offering! How may a food offering show the heart of worship? How may a food offering point to Jesus Christ, the one we truly worship?. -Max

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ Leviticus 2:1-10 ]
“When anyone brings a grain offering as an offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. He shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it 2 and bring it to Aaron's sons the priests. And he shall take from it a handful of the fine flour and oil, with all of its frankincense, and the priest shall burn this as its memorial portion on the altar, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 3 But the rest of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the Lord's food offerings. 4 “When you bring a grain offering baked in the oven as an offering, it shall be unleavened loaves of fine flour mixed with oil or unleavened wafers smeared with oil. 5 And if your offering is a grain offering baked on a griddle, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mixed with oil. 6 You shall break it in pieces and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering.
_ What does the Lord command to be offered in V.1? What characteristic is given to it?
_What does the Lord command to be added to the offering in V.2?
_How is the offering split up in V.3? What characteristic does the Lord give the split portion?
_What should the Israelite be reminded of when the Lord commands the grain to be unleavened?
Use as reference: Exodus 12:15-18, Exodus 16
7 And if your offering is a grain offering cooked in a pan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil. 8 And you shall bring the grain offering that is made of these things to the Lord, and when it is presented to the priest, he shall bring it to the altar. 9 And the priest shall take from the grain offering its memorial portion and burn this on the altar, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 10 But the rest of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the Lord's food offerings.
_Where is the food offering brought to, by the priests? V.8
_What is done to the grain offering? V.9
_How does the Lord react to the offering in V.9? Why would the Lord react that way?
_How would this act of offering point to an act of worship?
_How does this act of worship point to Jesus Christ?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_What do you offer to the Lord? How do you view your offerings to the Lord? Why do you offer to the Lord?
_How does Jesus, who offered himself to the Father, bearing punishment for sin on behalf of us, compel and free you to take an act of obedience in offering, whether it be your time, resources, or abilities?


+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )

_ Lev. 2:1–16 The grain offering (see also 6:14–23) would ordinarily be offered with a burnt or peace offering. It probably served the same purpose as the offering it accompanied.

_ Lev. 2:1–3 The priest was to burn a handful of the offering as a memorial portion to the Lord (v. 2). The Israelites were asking the Lord to “remember” them with favor as they made their request or offered their praise.

“Offer all of it” [Leviticus 1:10-17]

Today we continue to look at the burnt offerings that God accepts. This begins in the Garden of Eden; after we fell, God sheds animal blood to clothe the sinful Adam and Eve, who now know that they are sinful and cannot make things right on their own. Because of sin man cannot stand before God without wrath, so he must offer a sacrifice, something to take the wrath he deserves for sin. Of course, the blood of animals could not truly atone for the sins of man, but they are a picture of God transferring our sin off of us onto another. Eventually, Jesus would be the final, perfect, complete sacrifice for our sin. This restores the fellowship between God and man. However, even after Christ, the language of sacrifice is important, as Paul exhorts us to “to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1).  -Monica

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ Leviticus 1:10-17 ]
10 “If his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, he shall bring a male without blemish, 11 and he shall kill it on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron's sons the priests shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar. 12 And he shall cut it into pieces, with its head and its fat, and the priest shall arrange them on the wood that is on the fire on the altar, 13 but the entrails and the legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

_ ( vs. 10) What are the requirements for the animal that is to be sacrificed? What is the significance of this?
_ (vs. 13) Notice the priest is to offer all of it, not just some. Why do you think that is?

14 “If his offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or pigeons. 15 And the priest shall bring it to the altar and wring off its head and burn it on the altar. Its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 He shall remove its crop with its contents and cast it beside the altar on the east side, in the place for ashes. 17 He shall tear it open by its wings, but shall not sever it completely. And the priest shall burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
_ (vs 13,17) How does Moses describe these sacrifices?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ Am I offering myself as a living sacrifice to the Lord? Am I offering all of myself to Him or just a part?
_ Do I fall into thinking that I need to make amends for my sin, instead of trusting in Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for my sin?


+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )

_ Lev. 1:14–17 Despite its small size, the burnt offering of a bird is acceptable to God. He considers it a pleasing aroma.

The Resurrection [Leviticus 1:1-9]

Today is Monday June 17th. Today begins our Study of the Book of Leviticus. The book of Leviticus goes into deeper detail about the divine-human relationship put in place on Mount Sinai. Leviticus continues the story of Exodus. What does Leviticus have to do with the church today? The sacrificial system of Leviticus has ceased for the people of God; it has been fulfilled in the coming of Christ. However, studying these laws is important because the sacrifices point to different aspects of the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice of himself. The beginning of Leviticus gives instructions on the five major offerings. Leviticus begins by giving instructions on burnt offerings.

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ Leviticus 1:1-9 ]
The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock. 3 “If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. 4 He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

_ Who is speaking to Moses?
_ What should be offered and Where?
_ What is instructed in vs. 4?

5 Then he shall kill the bull before the Lord, and Aaron's sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 6 Then he shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into pieces,7 and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8 And Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 9 but its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar, as a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
_ What is done with blood in vs. 5?
_ Who are the priests and what do they do with the offering?
_ What offering is this and what is pleasing in vs. 9?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ What similarities do you see here that point towards the sacrifice of Christ?
_ When you think of how many details the israelites had to pay attention to do you strive to follow the teachings of Christ to the same level of seriousness.


+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )

_ Leviticus describes five major offerings, each with its own characteristics.

_ Lev. 1:1–17 - The burnt offering is the most costly offering, since it is completely burned up (except for the skin, which the priest kept). The motive for the burnt offering is not specified here, but other references to the sacrifices show that it is offered for thanksgiving, penitence, vows, and self-dedication.

_ Lev. 1:3–4 The bull offered in sacrifice must be without blemish. It should have no physical defects (22:22–24) that would lessen its value and make it unworthy for presenting to the Lord (compare Mal. 1:8). lay his hand. This action probably establishes some relationship between the offerers and animal so that the animal is accepted on their behalf. shall be accepted . . . to make atonement for him. “Make atonement” seems to involve both expiation (the removal of sin) and propitiation (the appeasement of wrath). The offerings that “make atonement” are the burnt offering, the sin offering (Lev. 4:26), and the guilt offering (5:16).

_ Lev. 1:5–9 Atonement is achieved through both the sacrifice and the priests who represent the Lord. Food offering is not a specific name of an offering but a more general term for what is “consumed” by the Lord in the fire. In other offerings, it is often coupled with a pleasing aroma (v. 9; compare Gen. 8:21), implying the Lord’s acceptance (Lev. 1:3–4).

The End [ John 21:24-25 ]

It is Friday, June 14, 2019.  I hope you have enjoyed our journey through the Gospel of John as much as I have.  We are a people born into this world at enmity with our Creator. Our inherited sinful nature leaves us spiritually dead (Ephesians 2).  We don't need help; we need to be saved!!!  All praise to Jesus Christ, our Rescuer!!!  Chris Adomanis  

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 21:24-25 ]
24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
_ Why/how can we know that John's "testimony is true"?  Read 1 John 1:1-4 and Acts 4:19-20.
_ What do you think it means to "bear witness"?  Based upon these verses referenced above, should this action be easy or hard to do?  
_ What comes to your mind when you hear the term "witness"?  What are the some of the ramifications of being a witness?  Are there such things as "good" and "bad" witnesses?  If so, what are some differences between the two?
_ What point was John trying to make with verse 25?  What does this verse tell you about the three year earthly ministry of Jesus?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
Acts 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible, especially verse 13:

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

I encourage you to REGULARLY spend time with Jesus, through prayer, the reading of His Word and in the company of other believers, and be a good witness for the faith everywhere you go!!!

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

You, Follow Me [ John 21:20-23 ]

The Christian life does not make us immune to bouts of comparison, jealousy, and even bitterness when we see others not walking the way, or where we think they should. Yet, that is not the way of those who long to be disciples of Christ. In today’s passage, Peter is commanded to turn his focus where it belongs -- on his own walk with Jesus. -- Amy

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 21:20-23 ]
20 Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 So Peter seeing him said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” 23 Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”
_ Look back at verses 13 -19...what questions did the Lord Jesus ask Peter?
_ Why might have Peter asked “what about him?” (v.21)
_ What is the significance of Jesus’ statement of Peter in verse 22?
_ What does verse 23 say about being cautious not to infuse Jesus’ words with meanings that are not made plain?  

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Do you love me [ John 21:15-19 ]

Today is Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  In John 21:15-19, after Jesus’ resurrection, we find the first recorded conversation between Jesus and Peter.  The last time Jesus and Peter interacted, Peter denied knowing Jesus. So how does Jesus respond to Peter? Does he yell at Peter for his denial?  Does he reject Peter? No, Jesus responds with love, grace, and a question. His question to Peter is a simple one yet profoundly challenging. So often when we are confronted with sin, we do not want to turn away and repent.  We cling to sin until that sin becomes an idol in our life. Jesus acknowledges the power of sin and asks Peter “Do you love me?” Jesus is searching for true repentance in Peter’s life, the same thing he searches for in our lives.  No matter what sins you have committed, not matter what your story is, Jesus comes to each of us with tender grace and love to ask, “Do you love me?”. Do not delay in turning from sin, repenting, and loving Jesus more than all else, for tomorrow is not promised. -Jon   

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 21:15-19 ]
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

_ What does Jesus mean when he asks Peter if he loves him more than “these”?(v. 15)
_ Why does Jesus put such an emphasis on feeding his lambs?  (v 15)
_ Why does Jesus ask Peter if he loves him three times? (v 15-19)
_ How can we find encouragement in Jesus’ response to Peter? (v 15-19)

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Breakfast by the Sea [ John 21:9-14 ]

Today is June 11th. Hi! Thank you for joining in today, I am glad you are here. I hope that whatever you are going through or feeling today, that you recognize that it’s all for joy and satisfaction in the Lord. He loves you immeasurably, and there are no mistakes in where you are or what you are experiencing. In today’s passage, we see a picture of Jesus greeting his disciples with a warm breakfast by the sea after a long night of fishing. Throughout the first 14 verses there seems to be some unnecessary details, but I hope and pray that we will see that the Lord does not waste any words, and they are all helpful. Seek joy today. Praise King Jesus -Evan

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 21:9-14 ]
9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

_In context to the entire chapter up to verse 14, what can you take about about God’s sovereignty?
_What is the purpose of jesus asking the disciples to bring some fish that they just caught if there was already fish cooking on the coals?
_What is the purpose of specifying that there were 153 fish caught? What significance does the seemingly unnecessary detail carry?
_What do we learn about Jesus as a result of these 5 verse, and how does it connect to the gospel?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Belief Realized! [ John 21:1-8 ]

It is Monday, June 10, 2019.  John’s eyewitness account of the miraculous and radical life of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man, continues in our Scripture today.  The resurrected Jesus appears again to the disciples. Jesus meets the disciples just where they are. He knew right were they would be, and it is there Jesus chose to go.  I am thankful Jesus promises the same for me! In days of doubt our tendency is to turn back to what is known, just like the disciples. Jesus challenges each of us to trust in Him today for the big catch rather than settle for what can be done in our own strength.  Kim

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 21:1-8 ]
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

_ See what your remember about the previous times Jesus revealed Himself after He rose from the grave.  
 Compare and contrast this account.  
_ Where were the disciples? Which disciples were there? Verse 1-2
_ Who was the ringleader of this fishing expedition?  Why might he want to go?
_ How much was caught as they fished together throughout the night? Verse 3
_ What time of day does Jesus meet the fishing disciples? Vs 4

5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
_ How does Jesus address them?  What is his question for them? Vs 5
_ After answering “no” what command does the unknown man issue?  Vs 6
_ Why might the disciples follow the stranger’s advice?
_ How fruitful was their obedience? Vs 6
_ Reflect on the contrast between the catch made in their own strength and
the one that was under the guiding hand of Jesus.
_ Who recognizes Jesus first? Vs 7
_ What does he do?
_ What is Peter’s response to the news? Vs 7
_ How excited are you to tell others about Jesus and the work He does in your life?
_ How excited are you to see Jesus in your day or invite Him into your daily work?  

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ When Jesus makes things clear to us, it often includes seeing our own shortcomings and weaknesses, but those are exactly where we can see God working in our own lives. Where have you seen God at work in your life recently? Where is God showing you He wants to work in your life now?


+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
_ This passage gives both honest and very good news. With whom can you share this message of hope?

Purposeful Glimpse [John 20:30-31]

Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! Today's passage is a sort of meta-passage in that it is a writing about the writing. We will see that the full story of Jesus life on this earth is more than we know, but we also get to learn why this historical account, as it is, has been given to us. Let God’s word help you see His purpose for the glimpse He gave us, and encourage you to respond accordingly.  - Luke

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 20:30-31 ]
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
_ Think of the rest of John 20 from this week's Daily's, and recall what signs were given. [John 20]
_ What does v30 tell us is not included in the book of John?
_ What was the purpose of the content that made it in to John? [v31]
_ Who is Jesus? [v31]
_ What should our response to this message be? [v31]

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ The Holy Spirit carefully crafted His message for you through inspiring John and the rest of the authors of the Bible to include what was necessary, and continues to echo this message to your soul. Verse 31 of today's passage indicates that the purpose is focused on Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, but notes that our response is also part of that purpose: that we may believe and have life in His name. How is the Holy Spirit calling you to believe, and how are you to even now have life in Jesus' name?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
_ We get to co-labor with the Holy Spirit in echoing this word to others. With whom can you share important parts of the story of Jesus? Who can you encourage to realize their part of the purpose, to believe and to live in Jesus name?

My Lord and My God [John 20:24-29]

Greetings! Today is Thursday, June 6, 2019. In today’s passage we see Thomas confessing that Jesus is Lord and God. May we be refreshed as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
_What was the best thing that happened to you this last week?  What was the most difficult?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 20:24-29 ]
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 
_ What did the disciples tell Thomas?
_ What did Thomas say he needed before he would believe?
_ How did Jesus greet the disciples?
_ Who are the blessed ones according to Jesus

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

He Breathed [John 20:19-23]

Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. The following passage will help describe and display how a heart changed by the Holy Spirit lives out a daily walk in a broken world. Often when we think of receiving the Holy Spirit, we think of gifts and power we receive; and while that is true, the fundamental change of a person, given the Holy Spirit, is the heart! We are sent by Christ to bear witness of a new heart given to us by the Holy Spirit!. -Max

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
_What was the best thing that happened to you this last week?  What was the most difficult?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 20:19-23 ]
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
_ What is the original state of the disciples in this passage? V.19
_What does Jesus say, as soon as he enters the seen, that speaks right to the state of the disciples in that moment? V.19
_What causes the disciples to turn from a spirit of fear, to one of gladness? V.20
Use as reference: Matthew 28:5-8, Matthew 28:9-10, Luke 24:50-53

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
_What does Jesus now say is the role of the disciples? V.21
Use as reference: Matthew 28:18-20, John 17:16-20
_What does it mean that Jesus breathed on the disciples, to receive the Holy Spirit? V.22
Use as reference: Psalm 33:6, Job 33:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
_What is the sign of a heart changed by the Holy Spirit? V.23
Use as reference: Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 4:31-32

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_How might this passage convict you of being a witness to a changed heart by the Holy Spirit?
_What is a simple step of obedience Christ is calling you to take from that repentance?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

“I have seen the Lord” [John 20:11-18]

Jesus is dead and disappeared. His followers are fearful and devastated; no one remembered Jesus’s promise to ascend. Death seems so final to us, until this moment, as we watch the resurrected Jesus interact with one of his followers. Resurrection changes everything; sorrow can turn to joy. Death is not the end, but a beautiful new beginning because of Christ.  -Monica

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 20:11-18 ]
11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

_ ( vs. 11-12) Yesterday we learned that Mary was accompanied by other disciples, who saw the empty grave and went away. But Mary stays at the tomb. Why? What does she see when she looks in the tomb that the other disciples did not see?
_ (vs. 14-16) When does Mary recognize Jesus?

17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
_ (vs 17) Notice the emphasis in Jesus’s response regarding His relationships with the Father and His people. His father is our Father and He calls His followers His brothers. Why do you think He says this?
_Jesus gives Mary a mission to testify about her encounter with Him. As a first century woman, her testimony would not be very valuable in the Roman world. Yet, Jesus chooses to first appear to her. Why?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?  

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_Am I listening for God to call me by name? Am I willing to obey?
_ Am I sharing the story of how Christ called me by name with others? Am I afraid to testify to His work in my life?


+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
_Do I know someone who needs to know that Jesus’ Father is their Father and Jesus’ God is their God? (vs. 17)

The Resurrection [John 20:1-10]

Today is Monday June 3th. Mary approached an empty tomb and assumed the worst when in fact the greatest thing possible happened. Mary and the Disciples were unclear on what Jesus had said and what had happened in the moment. Often times in our life we might walk into a situation and assume the worst, when we very well might be wrong. No matter where you are today may you know that Christ has risen.

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 20:1-10 ]
1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.
_ What did Mary Magdalene do in vs. 1?
_ What did Mary tell the disciples?
_ What was their response?
_ What did they find in vs. 6 & 7?
_ What didn’t the disciples not understand in vs. 9?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ Are you more of a pessimist or an optimist. How does this play out in good or bad ways in your faith
_ How would you react if you saw the empty tomb?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step?
(e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
_Do I know someone who needs to know that Jesus’ Father is their Father and Jesus’ God is their God? (vs. 17)

Jesus is Buried [John 19:38-42]

It is Friday, May 31, 2019.  Scripture records that only one of  the original twelve disciples (John) stayed and witnessed the execution of Jesus to the bitter end.  But two new disciples, both members of the very Jewish Council who pushed for the crucifixion of this "blasphemer", proclaim their allegiance to Christ at possibly the most difficult point imaginable.  Let's read and be encouraged by the faith shown by these two men who put EVERYTHING on the line in their devotion to their Master.  Chris Adomanis  

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 19:38-42 ]

38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body.39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus[a]by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds[b]in weight.40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
_ Compare and contrast John's version with the other Gospel accounts (Matthew 27:55-61, Mark 15:40-47, Luke 23:48-56).  What more did you find out about Joseph of Arimathea in these verses? 

_ Is there a "problem in accuracy" in the fact that Nicodemus is mentioned only here in John's gospel and not in any of  the other Gospel accounts?  Why or why not?

_ List all the factors (dangers) faced by these two men for making this stand for Christ.  Here's a few hints:  Family, friends, religious event participation,  their standing in the synagogue, their standing in their community, their financial fortunes, how they would be viewed by the Roman authorities, etc...

_ What do you think led Joseph and Nicodemus to finally believe and follow Jesus?  What "did it" for you?  What kept Annas, Caiaphas and Pilate from making that decision?  What is the "blocking point" for people you know? How can you help them?    

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_
I love the version of this story found in the Gospel of Mark where it says that Joseph "took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus".  We may never face a situation where our allegiance to Christ could cost us our life or our job, but are we even willing to be seen as "not intelligent" or as a " religious whacko" or as "narrow minded" because of our faith in Jesus?  Repent for past failings and "take courage" going forward!!!  

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

Blood and Water [ John 19:31-37 ]

In today’s passage, John is saying: “let me prove it to you...I saw it with my own eyes...our Lord and our God (who said without hesitation “I Am”) paid the price in His human body, and He paid dearly with the most precious of currencies that flow in it: blood and water. In this passage we find the fulfillment of numerous prophecies. Moreover, we find the last act of brutal violence as a result of our Savior submitting Himself unto death that we “may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.” -- Amy

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 19:31-37 ]
31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; 33 but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. 36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
_ How did not breaking Jesus’ legs fulfill prophetic Scripture? Look back at Psalms 34:20 (v. 33)
_ Take a minute to read Zechariah 12:10. Verse 34 fulfills a prophecy, but what does it also say about what is to come?
_ Why is it important that John saw these things fulfilled? (v. 36)

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ We are free to offer back to God anything and everything. When it came to redeeming us, He offered everything. If you feel there are areas where you may be holding back, pray that He would always keep with you the raw reality of passages like the one above, and that He would empower you to walk completely in His will.

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

It is Finished [ John 19:28-30 ]

Today is Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  “It is finished.” These are some of the most glorious words that the human ear has ever heard.  From the moment that Adam and Eve fell into sin in the garden thousands of years ago, humanity has been waiting, longing to hear these words uttered by its savior.  Jesus’ proclamation gives believers assurance that God’s wrath has been satisfied, our debts have been paid, the law has been perfectly kept, that there is no other sacrifice that needs to be offered.  Jesus has done for us what we could not do for ourselves and he assures us that he left no component of his task undone. There is no work left to be done for our salvation other than to repent and believe.  Rejoice this day that it is finished. - Jon

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 19:28-30 ]
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
_ How did Jesus know that all was finished?(v. 28)
_ After everything Jesus had endured regarding his crucifiction is he still focused on fulfilling scripture? (v 28)
_ Where do we see this prophecy in scripture? (v 29)
_ What was finished? (v 30)

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)