05: The Gospel in the Old Testament – Discussion Questions
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It was time for evening worship. Jim opened his Bible to read a key verse and almost choked laughing.

“What’s so funny?” Gracie asked.

“Paul is calling the Galatians nincompoops!”

“No, he’s not. He just says they’re foolish.”

“But the meaning is the same—stupid, ignorant, idiotic—and it’s in the Bible!”

“Exactly where it should be.”

“What?”

“Because the Bible is loaded with descriptions of people who went bad.”

“They were good at first?”

“Maybe, but not that good. But they turned bad.”

“How bad?”

“So bad that they missed the point [...]

A Look at Galatia
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Map of Galatia (From Bibleworks Maps)

This map (produced in Bibleworks maps) shows the general area of Galatia, the setting of this quarter’s lessons, in what is now the country of Turkey. It is a region that forms a high plateau over 3000 ft (1000 m) in elevation and would have been more comfortable for Paul than Tarsus would have been since it is about 10 degrees cooler and a little dryer.

The red line is the approximate route that Paul took on his second missionary journey.

The [...]

Worship in Revelation – Discussion Points
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Gold. From “placer” miners working alone or with one or two companions to sift gold nuggets from mountain streams, to machine operators cutting into gold-rich rock at the huge Sutter Creek Gold Mine near Yosemite National Park in California, people everywhere are gearing up for a flow of money from gold waiting to be discovered in the United States and elsewhere.

Why such a surge of interest in gold? Biggest reason: the value of processed gold has soared from a mere [...]

13: Worship in Revelation – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: The culmination of all that God has done for this world and the universe can be acknowledged only through worship. It is our greatest joy to sing praise to and worship our King, Creator, Judge, and Savior.

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 1:13-18.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why did John fall at Jesus feet as if he were dead? When was the last time you [...]

12: Worship in the Early Church: Discussion Points
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A P A R A B L E

Okay, you. You like adventure and always want to test to the limits. Tuck a small box of matches in your pocket and put on a good sun hat and sunglasses. Head up into the mountains a couple of hours from home. The air is crisp and clean. Evergreen trees are everywhere. And nobody else is here. You’re going to make a difference today.

Park your car on the portion of the parking lot [...]

12: Worship in the Early Church – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: God’s Word regarding His law, our history with Him, His redeeming acts, and the future are the foundations of our worship.

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 1:8-11.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Should a focus of our worship be in the second coming of Jesus in the clouds? Why or why not?
C. Personal Application: How do we know that we have received the power of the [...]

11: In Spirit and In Truth – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: By His example in life and word, Jesus reinforced the need for God’s supremacy in our thoughts and service, and the importance of worshipping in spirit and truth..

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 4:5-8.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why does Jesus link worship and service together? How is service linked to
Worship?
C. Personal Application: What are some of the reasons people attend church? Do all these [...]

10: Worship from the Exile to the Restoration – Discussion Questions
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A TRUE STORY

A few weeks ago I saw a strange and brilliant display of color and watched for a minute or two as lovely pastel colors floated in perfect circles in a row across my vision. Most of my vision was blocked by the display except for a slice along the bottom portion.

I could just make out the lower part of the computer screen. I was keying an email to a niece who is a nurse at the time, so [...]

09: The Prophets and Worship – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: When we sense the presence of God, we will need soul cleansing. Then we are to live humbly with Him, serving all with justice and mercy.

1. Have a volunteer read Micah 6:6-8.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. How do we love mercy? Is it to forgive others, not hold grudges, help those in trouble? Or does it mean something else? Share.