Scripture Journal, January 2013


This is your time to spend reading the scriptures. You are asked to read the scriptures twice a week; one night you read and comment on your own while on the next night you and a parent jump into the scripture and share in conversation and comments. With a parent, light a candle, read the scripture of the day, highlight the scripture in your Bible, read the questions and share your thoughts. When you are through sharing your thoughts, close with a prayer.


Parent's Night

John 15:12-16 "This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves,(servants), because a master doesn't confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name." 

  1. "You didn't choose me. I chose you." How does that make you feel? Do you feel chosen by Jesus? When have you felt chosen?
  2. " go and produce lasting fruit." What do you think that means? How can you apply this piece of scripture to your life? What kind of fruit are you producing that will last for a long time?


Solo Night

John 15:8-11 "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has love d me, so I have lived you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete."

 Highlight the verse in your Bible, think about the questions and answer them.


  1. Give examples of what "bearing fruit" means to you. How does it feel knowing that when you "bear fruit", you are glorifying God?
  2. When you are doing something in the name of Jesus, for example, serving on a mission trip, helping pick the garden, serving in the food pantry, putting together backpacks for students in need, how does it make you feel?  How do you think the joy that Jesus is talking about makes you feel? Have you ever felt that joy? How and when?


Parent's Night

With a parent, light a candle, read the scripture of the day, highlight the scripture in your Bible, read the questions and share your thoughts.


When you are through sharing your thoughts, close with a prayer. Parent's Night John 16: 23-24 "Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.


  1. "Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete." What do you understand from this scripture? Is it Okay to ask for things as if it were a Christmas list for God to fill? "... your joy may be complete."
  2. Take a little bit of time and talk about what we are to ask for. Also, talk about the jor that is mentioned. Do you think God want's us to be filled with joy?

Does it sound to you that the only way to be filled with joy is to receiv something from God that was on our wish list?

Solo Night

John 19:14-16 Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, "Here is your King!" they cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate asked them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but the emperor." then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus;...

  1. Even after performing miracles and sharing wisdom filled with a new way of looking at things, wonder what would happen today if a person were declared to be the Son of God.  

Parent's Night

With a parent, light a candle, read the scripture of the day, highlight the scripture in your Bible, read the questions and share your thoughts. When you are

through sharing your thoughts, close with a prayer.


John 20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


  1. Describe the excitement that Mary might have felt that morning.
  2. A woman in a man's world was the first to share the "Good News". that the tomb was empty. What do you think about that?


Solo Night

John 21:15-17 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." Jesus said to him, "feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes Lord; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him "Tend to my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt hurt because he said to him the 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."

  1.  What do you think Jesus is asking Peter to do?
  2. Do you ever feel called to participate in something that is way out of your comfort zone and you did not want to do it but you carried through with it and had a great time? What was that like? Share your thoughts.

Parent's Night

With a parent, light a candle, read the scripture of the day, highlight the scripture in your Bible, read the questions and share your thoughts. When you are through sharing your thoughts, close with a prayer.


Luke 1: 38 "Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your

word." Then the angel departed from her.


1. First, read the story before the scripture. What keeps us from saying, "Here I am Lord. let it be with

me according to your word."?



2. How do you think that would make you feel if you did what you thought God was calling you to do?



Solo Night

Luke 2 8-11 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,

"Do not be afraid; for see-I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

  1.  The book of Matthew has wise men coming to visit the new born baby Jesus while Luke has Shepherds. And in the scripture it says, "I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people." Who are the , "all people." that Luke is talking about?
  2. If we say who is included in the "all people." and who is not, doesn't that mean we are participating in a club instead of a church? Share your thoughts.




Answer the questions first then find the scripture to support your answers.

     1.  Who was Simeon and where is he located in the Bible?




     2.  Who was Anna and where is she located in the Bible?



     3.  Why do you think these two people are so important and what message did they have to share with others?




Luke 3: 2 - 7  ...At this time a message from God came to John son of Zechariah, who was living in the wilderness. 3 Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. 4 Isaiah had spoken of John when he said,

“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
    Clear the road for him!
5 The valleys will be filled,
    and the mountains and hills made level.
The curves will be straightened,
    and the rough places made smooth.
6 And then all people will see
    the salvation sent from God.’”[a]


     1. What do you think John is trying to share with others?




     2.  A "baptism of repentance", what do your think that means?  Explain repentance.  Is a "baptism of repentance" a one time event or is it the start of a new life, an event that is lasting? 




LUKE 3: 10 - 17 

10 The crowds asked, “What should we do?”  11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”  12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?”  13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.”  14 “What should we do?” asked some soldiers.John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”  15 Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah. 16 John answered their questions by saying, “I baptize you with[a] water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.[b] 17 He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat  into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.”

     1.  What is John trying to say when it comes to how we treat othes? 




     2.  Does this apply to us today?  How?  Does it work?



     Read Matthew 1:1-17 

     This is the family tree of Jesus.  During this time, women were not look upon as being the head of a household and would

     never be included in a family tree.  But in Jesus' family tree a few women are include. 

     1.  Count how many women you can find.

     2.  What are their names?





Luke 4: 3 - 12  3 Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”  4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’[a]”  5 Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7 I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”  8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’[b]”  9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! 10 For the Scriptures say, "He will order his angels to protect and guard you.  11 And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’[c]12 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’[d]


     1.  How many times did the Devil tempt Jesus?


     2.  Where in this scripture did you see the Devil saying scripture?  Don't you think that is interesting?  Why or why not? 



 Luke 4: 14 - 19

14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:


18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
    that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
19     and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.

  1. ",...filled with the power of the Spirit, ..."  What do you think that means?  Have you ever felt like you were filled with the power of the Spirit?  When?  What did that feel like?


     2.  Having the power of the Spirit, do you still have it?  What happened to it if you don't?  How can you get that feeling/    

          power back?



Luke 5:4-11

New Living Translation (NLT)


4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”


5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.


8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.


Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

  1. " for people."  What do you think that means?  As one of Jesus' disciples, what should we be doing?  Are you doing a good job of "...fshing for people."?


      2.  "When they had brought their boats to shore, tey left everything and followed him."  Can you imagne doing that?       

         Why were they able to leave everything behind to follow Jesus and we cannot?  What is in your way of following Jesus?


 LUKE 7: 2-10

2 At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer[a] was sick and near death. 3 When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. 4 So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, 5 “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.” 6 So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. 7 I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 8 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” 10 And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed.

  1. “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!”  Having eough faith to trust in Jesus, wow!  Share about a time when you had enough faith in Jesus that you knew everything would turn out Okay.

2. When have you not had faith in Jesus?


 MARCH,  2013



 Luke 8:49-56

 New Living Translation (NLT)

 49 While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

50 But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”


51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. 52 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”


53 But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. 54 Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!” 55 And at that moment her life[a] returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone what had happened.


  1. God loves us so much that God sent Jesus to earth to show us The Way.  Parents, talk to your youth about the love a parent has for their children.  Can you share an example of that kind of love. 


 LUKE 9: 1 - 6

9 One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples[a] and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. 2 Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money,[b] or even a change of clothes. 4 Wherever you go, stay in the same house until you leave town. 5 And if a town refuses to welcome you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.” 6 So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.

  1. Do you think you could do what Jesus asked His discipls to do, go out with a partner to share the heal others and to Good News? 
  2. What do you think you would run into?  What do you see as being very hard to do this?



 LUKE 9: 12 - 17

12 Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.” 13 But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” 14 For there were about 5,000 men there. Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So the people all sat down. 16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. 17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!


  1. "But you feed them."  What does that say to you?  Does that give us responsibility to share the things we have been blessed with, as well as the Good News, with others?  Wrte down your thoughts and share them with each other.



 Luke 10:38 - 42

38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

  1. Sitting at the feet of Christ, WOW!  What do you think that would look like today?  Have you ever sat at the feet of Christ?  When and how did that feel? 

     2. There will always be something to do, see, or someone to talk to.  What keeps you from experiencing 

         something greater?



 Luke 13: 18 - 20

18 Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? 19 It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.” 20 He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? 21 It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

1.  What do you think the Kingdom looks like?


 2.  When have you seen the Kingdom at it's best?



 Luke 14: 34 - 35

34 “Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?[a] 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; they throw it away. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

 1.  Shre yur thougts on te verse and share what the "take away" is.



Luke 15

15 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! 3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! Parable of the Lost Coin 8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” Parable of the Lost Son 11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.[b]’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. 25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ 28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’ 31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”

1.  Read Chapter 15 and share with eac other what you think it is saying; the theme of the scripture and how it applies to us today.



Luke 17:4

New Living Translation (NLT)

4 Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”

  1. Jesus says to forgve how many tims?  That sounds like a whole lot of times to forgve somone.  Why do you think Jsus says we need to forgive  someone so many times?  What's the purpose?



Luke 19:1-10

19 Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.

5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”  Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”  9 Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man[a] came to seek and save those who are lost.”

         1. As they gathered around for the meal in the house  Zacchaeus there had to be some form of caring conversation.  What do you think Jesus said to Zacchaeus in order to see things in a different light or view?

         2.  How dn we take the story of Zacchaeus and aplpy it into today' living?




Luke 21:1-4

21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. 2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.[a]

3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

  1. The widow gave all she had to give.  What about you when it comes to giving to others?  Could you do more?  How?




Luke 22:24-27

24 Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. 25 Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. 27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.


  1. Which one are you; the one that sits at the table or are you one that serves?

     2.  Can serving others be contagious?  Share a time that you saw serving others as being contagious.



Acts 2:1-4

2 On the day of Pentecost[a] all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[b] as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

  1. Has there been a time when you thought you felt the Holy Spirit present?  What was that like and when was it?



Acts 2:43-47 

Acts 2:43-47 New Living Translation (NLT) 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[a]— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

  1. Read the scripture once again.  Do you think that what happened in the scripture could happen today?  (they all shared what they had with each other, no one did without.)


     2.  What if this could work today; talk about what would happen if sharing everything we had came about.  What would that look  



 Acts 5:17 - 21

17 The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, 20 “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!” 21 So at daybreak the apostles entered the Temple, as they were told, and immediately began teaching. When the high priest and his officials arrived, they convened the high council[a]—the full assembly of the elders of Israel. Then they sent for the apostles to be brought from the jail for trial.

1.   “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!”  "This life."  What does that look like?  

2.  Would you have to change anything in order to live a new life?  



Acts 9:1 - 9 

9 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers.[a] So he went to the high priest. 2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains. 3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink

  1. We are all blind in some shape or form.  In what area of your life are you blind? 

     2.  How can you make your blindness go away?  How can you help each other accomplish getting rid of your blindness?



Acts 10: 1 - 48

10 In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer[a] named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. 2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. 3 One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said. 4 Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel. And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! 5 Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.” 7 As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants. 8 He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa. Peter Visits Cornelius 9 The next day as Cornelius’s messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon, 10 and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. 12 In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. 13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” 14 “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.[b]” 15 But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” 16 The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven. 17 Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house. Standing outside the gate, 18 they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there. 19 Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you. 20 Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.” 21 So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?” 22 They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.” 23 So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa. 24 They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” 27 So they talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled. 28 Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. 29 So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me.” 30 Cornelius replied, “Four days ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o’clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me. 31 He told me, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God! 32 Now send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.’ 33 So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you.” The Gentiles Hear the Good News 34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. 35 In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. 38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross,[c] 40 but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not to the general public,[d] but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. 43 He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.” The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit 44 Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. 45 The Jewish believers[e] who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. 46 For they heard them speaking in other tongues[f] and praising God. Then Peter asked, 47 “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” 48 So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.

     1.  After reading chapter 10 of Acts, what is your take away?



Acts 19: 11-12

11 God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles. 12 When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled. 13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!”

     1.  God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, how is God using you to bring the kingdom here?


     2.  Do you think God is calling you to bigger and better things?  What do you think God is calling you to do?





Romans 5: 12 - 13

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. 14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did.

1.  Does having laws keep us good?  Does it keep us from hurting each other and ourselves?  Share your toughts.


2. We have sin and we have laws.  Is it safe to say that when we sin we are breaking the law? Are there any sins committed that does not break the law?



Romans 6:14-16


14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. 15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.  


1  What do you think "living a righteous life" and "being obedient to God", looks like?


2.What would be one thing (sin) you could give up in order to come closer to living a righteous life?  



ROMANS 8: 9 -10

9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life[a] because you have been made right with God.

1.  "The Spirit give you life.", What kind of life is it referring to, after life or the life here on earth now.  



2.  Has the Spirit changed the way you see things now, during this life?  Explain.




ROMANS 12: 2

2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


1.  Here is that, "Thine will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." once again.  What do you think god's will looks like for you?  



2.  Are you moving in that direction or are you confussed in the middle of disires of this world or the desires of God's will?  Explain.



ROMANS 12: 9 - 21

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[a] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[b] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,”[c] says the Lord. 20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”[d] 21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.


1.  Read this section of verses and re-write the verses in your own words.




ROMANS 14: 16-19

16 Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good. 17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. 19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

1.  It seems that it is much easier to tear someone down, wonder why it is so hard to build each other up?


2.  Can you remember a time when you were built up by one of your parents?  Or, can you share a time when you built up your parents?



ROMANS 13: 9 - 10

9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.”[a] These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.


1. "Love your neighbor as your self."  "Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law."  Describe what the world would look like if this was put into action by everyone.


Describe what it would look like if your school, church, and community put this into action.



1 CORINTHIANS 1: 26 - 27

26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[a] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

1. Re-write the scripture and put it into your language.  Where do you fit into this scripture, can you insert your name in there anywhere?  Soes it still have the same meaning?

26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[a] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.


26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[a] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.




3:16 -17

16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in[a] you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

1. Do you have a person in your life that is nipping at you, pulling you down?  I wonder, would you consider that nipping person destroying you?  does this scripture apply?


2.  If you answered yes to the first question; what if you are the person doing the nipping?  







1 Corinthians 4:16 "16 So I urge you to imitate me."

1.  What do you think Paul is referring to? 


2.  Living in the world we live in today, how does that apply to us ?



1 Corinthians 9:19-23 

Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law,[a] I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.


1.  What is your take away from this scripture and how does it apply to you in today's culture?



1 CORINTHIANS 9 : 24-27

24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.


1.  What kind of race are you running?  Are you in it for the long haul or for a real quick sprint?  Does God fit into the race you are running?  If so, where and how?


1 Corinthians 10:13

13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

 1.  Share a time when you felt like you had more than enough on your plate and then here comes even more stuff to be added on.  How did you get through it?




31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1. This scripture doesn't leave any wiggle room when it comes to the glory of God.  How did you do today when it comes to doing things for God's glory?



1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1.  Think of some of the relationships you have with your friends.  Some relationships may be great while others not so great.  Is it possible to make relationships better than they are now with love?  How can you make that happen and what would that look like?  Is it worth the effort? 



1 Corinthians 12:4-11

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[a]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.[b] The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,[c] while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

 1.  What do you think a Spiritual gift is?


2.  What does your spiritual gift look like?



1 Corinthians 12:14-22

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.”The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

1.  When it comes to the body of Christ, Calvary Lutheran, what are you doing to help the body do what it is suppose to be doing?  


2.  How do you see the body of Christ?  Is it healthy and moving forward?  Is the body doing what it is called to do.  


 3.  Is our body an athlete or a couch potato? Are we here to be part of the body at all times or are we here to be part of the body only for an hour on Sunday morning?




2 Corinthians 13:5

New Living Translation (NLT)

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you[a]; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.

1.  What do you think it means when the scripture says, "...Christ is among you."?  One translation says, "Christ is in you."  


2.  Should that have a bearing on how we should act towards others?  Give a few examples.



Galatians 3:27-28

New Living Translation (NLT)

27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.[a] 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[b] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.

1.  "All one in Christ."  That being said, should there be any Gangs, Nerds, Band Geeks?  


2.  Does that mean that the man on the street holding the help sign is just as important as we are?  What makes us look the other way and do nothing to help? 



Galatians 4:7

New Living Translation (NLT)

Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.[a] And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

1. Being an heir of God's, waht do you think that means?


2. In our society being an heir means that you will receive something of value.  god must think a lot of us for us to be an heir.  What do you think we will be receiving from God?



Galatians 6:2

New Living Translation (NLT)

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

1.  Really, everyone has enough of their own burdens much less having to bear the burdens of others.  How is this suppose to work?  I tell you my burdens and then you tell me yours and we walk away with double the burdens.  How is this to work?  What is suppose to be accomplished here? 



Galatians 6:10

New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

1.  How is that Christian, especially to those in the family of faith.  What about those not in the family?  Or what about those in another family of faith?  wonder why Paul didn't leave it just "take care of others."?



Ephesians 4:1-5

New Living Translation (NLT)

Unity in the Body

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of All who is above all and through all and in all.

1.  How does this scripture apply to where you go to school, work, dance, sports, church?



Ephesians 5:8-9

New Living Translation (NLT)

For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

1.  How do you let your light shine at school?  At church?  


2.  When was the last time you remember being the one that stood out in a crowd because your light was shining like a new flashlight?



Ephesians 6:1-2

New Living Translation (NLT)

Children and Parents

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord,[a] for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise:

1. Honor your parents; is this something you do all of the time?


2.  This is one of the BIG 10.  If you do not do this all of the time, how can you make this happen?  Don't you think life would be much more pleasant around the house if you honored your parents all of the time?  



Ephesians 6:18

New Living Translation (NLT)

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

1.  Team Effort says to do this, Pray without Ceasing.  We have talked about this before, how do we do this?

What happens when we do?


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Proverbs 1:7

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:8-9 8

My child,[a] listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. 9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.


Proverbs 1:10 My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!


Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.


Proverbs 2:9-11

9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. 11 Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.


Proverbs 2:12-14 12 Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. 13 These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. 14 They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.


Proverbs 3:3 3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.


Proverbs 3:5-6 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.



Proverbs 3:9-10 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. 10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.


Proverbs 4:13-15 13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life. 14 Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. 15 Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving.


Proverbs 3:13-14 13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. 14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.



Proverbs 4:18-19 18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.


 Proverbs 5: 21-23 For your ways are in full view of the Lord and he examines all your paths.  22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.  23 For lack of discipline they will die,  led astray by their own great folly.



Proverbs 6:16-19  

        There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:         
        a lying tongue,
        hands that shed innocent blood,
        feet that are quick to rush into evil,
        and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.  


Proverbs 7:1-4

My son, keep my words
    and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;
    guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and to insight, “You are my relative.”


Proverbs 8:32-36

“Now then, my children, listen to me;
    blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
    do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
    and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 9:5-6

    “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. 6  Leave your simple ways and you will      live; walk in the way of insight.”


Proverbs 10:1

10 A wise son brings joy to his father,  but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.


Proverbs 10:9

9  Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,     but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.


Proverbs 11:24-25

24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;  another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  25  A generous person will prosper;  whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.


Proverbs 12:25-26

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. 26 The righteous choose their friends carefully,  but the way of the wicked leads them astray.


Proverbs 13:9

The light of the righteous shines brightly,  but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.


Proverbs 14:20-21

20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.21 It is a

sin to despise one’s neighbor,  but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.


Proverbs 15:8

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.


Proverbs 16:20

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[a]  and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.


Proverbs 17:22

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,  but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.


Proverbs 18:21

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,  and those who love it will eat its fruit.


Proverbs 18:24

24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.


Proverbs 19:21

21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,  but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.