Sunday April 30th – Prayer Point & Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the Week – Let us pray that we would learn to love God and others with purity and a clear conscience.

Questions for Reflection:

1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us that love is greatest thing we can demonstrate in our service for the Kingdom. What kind of love is it? Who in scripture demonstrates this love and how did they do it? Examine your ministry to God and others? To what degree of love does your service give evidence of?

God’s word teaches us in many instances that we need a pure heart. Read Matthew 6:21. What insight does this scripture give us as to purity of heart? Why is a divided heart not considered pure in any intimate relationship? How would you rate your heart before God?

Purity often comes through a refining process. Read 1 Peter 1:6-9. What is the refining process referred to in this scripture? In what ways does it purity one’s heart? How? Reflect upon how a “1 Peter 1” experienced refined your soul.

The conscience is a powerful and important part of who we are as human beings. Read Romans 2:14&15. Why is it so powerful? Why is it important for us to maintain a healthy conscience? What is an easy way to test and see if we are living to maintain a healthy conscience?

According to the 1 Corinthians 8, believers had to be careful to not wound the conscience of others. To whom was Paul speaking of? How did he go about dealing with matters of conscience? To whom was Jesus (and Paul) not worried about offending? Why? How should we go about incorporating these principles in our lives?

Sunday April 23rd – Prayer Point and Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the Week – Let us pray that we would have a greater understanding of God’s unique purpose for our lives and that we would have the faith to act upon it.

Questions for Reflection:

Psalm 139:14 tells us that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” which relates to each individual being awesome and unique. How are we unique on a physiological level? How are we unique on a spiritual level? What does this say about the care that went into our own births? What does it say about each individual’s value in the eyes of God?

Read Jeremiah 1:5. When did God ordain Jeremiah to be a prophet?  What does this teach us about the calling of God upon our lives? At what point in his life did Jeremiah discover his calling? What was he doing to learn of this calling?

Although God’s word was sure, it was up to Jeremiah to obey God and fulfill His calling upon his life. Read Luke 9:57-60. What kept people from fulfilling God’s calling on their lives. Although they had different excuses, what was the one common element that disqualified each one from Christian service?

Fear is very powerful in that it paralyzes believers. Read Jeremiah 1:6. What is his first objection/fear? Read Jeremiah 1:9. Why was experience not a big factor in Jeremiah becoming a prophet?  Read 2 Timothy 2:15. What does this teach us about our responsibilities in our callings?

Jeremiah was also concerned about his age? Why would this have made him fearful of prophetic ministry? Read Jeremiah 1:9. What was God’s remedy to his youthfulness? How is this a remedy for those who would say “I am too old?”

Sunday April 16th – Prayer Point and Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the Week – Let us pray that who accepted Christ this weekend will grow in God’s marvelous grace.

Questions for Reflection:

Several Old Testament scriptures give clues to the identity of the Messiah. One such is Psalm 16:10. What does it say about the Messiah? How does the Resurrection fulfill that scripture? What does this say about the identity of the Messiah? What other things about the life of Jesus fulfill Old Testament prophecy?

Read 1 Corinthians 15:21-23. Why was it necessary for our redemption for Christ to be raised from the dead? What does His Resurrection tell us about our future resurrected bodies? What does it promise regarding our eternal future?

Read Matthew 16:15-17. What is needs to happen in order for people to believe and understand Who Jesus is? Why is this necessary? How does the Father reveal the Son in this present age? How should that affect our prayer and witness to the lost?

The Bible teaches us that sin separates us from the Living God. How does the power of sin keep potential believers from accepting Christ as Lord and Savior? Read Romans 8:12&13. How does this method of overcoming sin differ from the world’s solution to unwanted behavior? How does this scripture affect your approach to dealing with your own sin? How does it influence your counsel to the lost? To other believers?

Some people have difficulty stopping sinful thoughts and behaviors because they enjoy them. One definition of repent is “to change one’s mind.” Read John 16:7-11. How does the Holy Spirit change our perspective on sin?

Read Luke 11:11-13. What are people searching for the power of the Holy Spirit instructed to do? What can they expect?

Sunday April 9th – Prayer Point and Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the Week – Let us pray that many people will become disciples during this Resurrection Season.

Questions for Reflection:

Read John 12:9-11. For what reason did the people want to see Jesus? What were the 2 responses to seeing Jesus and Lazarus? Read John 11:47-57. What were the reasons the religious leaders plotted against Jesus? What are some of the modern day reasons why people are fearful of accepting Jesus? How does knowing this help you deal will feelings of rejection to your witness? How does this impact the way that you pray for your lost loved ones and share Christ?

On Palm Sunday, the crowds in Jerusalem were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah?  In addition to raising Lazarus from the dead, what other miracles were the people most likely aware of? Based on His reputation, what do you think the crowd’s expectations were of the Messiah? How did His arrest and trial affect their expectations? How should this impact the way we deal with disappointment? How does it affect our counsel to others?

According to Luke 19:10, Jesus’ mission is “to seek and to save the lost.” How did the rejection of the crowd affect His mission? How do we know? How do you feel after you have gotten angry with or doubted God? What comfort does Jesus’ intercession for the crowd give you? Why?

Jesus said in Matthew 10, “. . . Freely you have received; freely give.” What is the greatest gift of God that you have received? What responsibility do you have to share that gift? How well have you shared this gift? What can you do to better share this gift with others?

April 2nd – Prayer Point and Reflection Questions

Prayer Point for the WeekLet us pray that many people will be receptive to the Gospel during this Resurrection Season.

Questions for Reflection:

1 Peter 4:7 tells us that praying people need to be clear minded and self controlled. Do you ever struggle with distractions while praying? What are some of the things (tie of day, place, etc.) that you can do to minimize distractions while praying? What does Philippians 4:8&9 tell us to do to bring peace to our minds?

Is it proper for a believer to weep/express sorrow? Read Psalm 56:3. What does this tell us about God’s attitude toward our tears? How should we feel about expressing sorrow in prayer? What assurance is given to those who weep before God in Luke 6:21?

Read James 5:16. What type of heart is guaranteed effective prayer? How does one achieve this type of heart? How does this type of heart increase your faith? Read John 8:12.How does spending time in prayer make it easier to conform to the image of Christ? How much time do you spend in prayerful introspection?

Psalm 107:20 tells us that deliverance comes through the Word.  How did Moses’ words deliver the Israelites from Pharaoh? How did his words (The Law) deliver the Israelites from themselves? How does the Word deliver the believer? List several ways the word of God is ministered to people. Are you in the position to receive the Word in all of these ways?