Here is the link to the lessons for Sunday, April 26, 2020.
And here are the questions for us to prayerfully consider. We hope you will find them a useful resource as you prepare to receive them in one of our worship services online this Sunday.
This passage includes the end of the sermon by Peter on the Day of Pentecost (read all of Acts 2 for the full context). What stands out to you as you read it? What does Peter describe as the path they are to follow in response to being “cut to the heart” by his preaching? Have you ever been “cut to the heart” by a sermon? Does that path of repentance and baptism, resulting in forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit, still exist in the church today, some two-thousand years later? Bonus question– what is the promise that Peter offers to believers for our children and their children? Do we believe that?
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
This is an example of a thanksgiving psalm. Try using it this week as part of your daily prayers. For what are you thankful? How do you express that to God? How do you express that to others?
1 Peter 1:17-23
Have you experienced “genuine mutual love” in your life? In which relationships do you find yourself loving and being loved by a person? For those relationships where the love is one-sided, incomplete, or problematic, how can we change that dynamic? Or is it okay to love without being loved in return?
This story is a famous example of how Jesus “showed up” to some of his followers after his death and resurrection. In this story, Jesus was present in conversation, in discussion of Scripture, and in breaking bread. How does Jesus continue to show up today in those ways? Have there been other ways in which you have you experienced the presence of Jesus in your life?