Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22, 2014

Read:  Genesis 50:14, Psalm 46:10-11, Philippians 4:6-7, Galatians 2:20, Matthew 28:20, Heb. 3:13

Explain how today’s reading can help someone move through death and grieving.

In what way is this different than what you’ve seen take place? Be specific.

How have you experienced the death of a loved one? What was challenging? How has today’s reading helped?

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014

Read:   Genesis 50:1-14, Matthew 18:18-23

How long did Joseph focus on the death of his father? What did he do after the memorial service was over?

How did Jesus teach the same truth with extreme language? How can someone get stuck in grief?

How can understanding the concept of a “new norm” help? How does this relate to God’s calling?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014

Read:  Mark 15:42-16:3, Luke 23:46-24:1

Given Jesus was crucified the day before the Sabbath, what does this say about Joseph of Arimathea?

In what way was Joseph taking a risk? Why did he take the risk? What excuses could he have used?

How does this challenge the way you have viewed death, memorial services, etc? Be specific.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014

Read:   Genesis 50:2-9, 12-13, 2 Chronicles 21:16-20

Beyond grieving, what did Joseph do for Jacob after he died? Be specific. Why did Joseph do this?

How does this compare to King Jehoram’s death? What does this teach about honor and respect?

How do you see this being discounted today? Why? What are some excuses used that prevents honor?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014

Read:   John 11:18-44, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Why can Christians handle death differently than non-Christians? How will it impact grieving?

Explain the difference between a death-denying and death-defying attitude. Which one is unhealthy? Why?

How do you see this happening in memorial services today? What is God teaching you?

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

Read:   Genesis 1, 3, 10, 11, Ecclesiastes 7:2-4, 1 Chronicles 10:11-12

How did Joseph respond to the death of his father? Why did he respond this way?

What does this teach you about death and grieving? How can this be mistaken for weakness today?

How do you respond to death? Why? How can viewing grief through the lens of love help?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 15, 2014

Read:  Genesis 49:3-28

Make a list of Jacob’s sons and describe how they turned out as either being good, bad, or neutral.

As you look at this list, what does this teach about family, calling and how God works?

Why is this important for Christians to understand? How does this encourage you to live more like Jacob?