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2017 Series

Friday, October 19, 2018: 1 Kings 10-11

What is the reaction of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon’s wisdom? To whom does she give the credit?

What was the immediate consequence of Solomon’s marrying foreign wives? What further consequences followed?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Saturday, October 20, 2018: 2 Chron. 9, Proverbs 29

How is Solomon’s reign depicted differently in 2 Chron. 9 as compared to 1 Kings 11? How is the same thing done in our day?

How does “fear of man” bring a snare?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Monday, October 22, 2018: Proverbs 30-31

Why does the author ask for “neither poverty nor riches?

Who in your life is a godly woman who serves as an example? How does Proverbs 31 apply also to the bride of Christ?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018: Luke 1

What reasons does Luke give for writing his Gospel?

What sort of variety of responses to God’s promises do we find in this chapter?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Luke 2

How does it feel to read the account of Jesus’ birth apart from the Christmas holiday? Does it offer any fresh insight to the significance of God becoming man?

Does a young Jesus find tension or balance in honoring His heavenly Father and His earthly parents?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Thursday, October 25, 2018: Luke 3-5

What are three ways in chapter 3 that Luke firmly establishes Jesus’ life and ministry in history? In chapter 4, how does Jesus use the Scriptures, and how does Satan use the Scriptures?

What is Simon Peter’s reaction to encountering Jesus?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Friday, October 26, 2018: Luke 6

In what two ways does Jesus illustrate the true meaning of the Sabbath? What is its true meaning? What is the “flip side” of the Beatitudes as recorded by Luke?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Saturday, October 27, 2018: Luke 7-8

How does Jesus measure up against expectations of the Messiah? How does one’s response correspond to size of one’s debt? On what basis did Jesus’ mother and brothers expect to see Him? What matters more instead?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Monday, October 29, 2018: Luke 9

Jesus sent out his disciples to proclaim the kingdom of God before they knew everything about following Jesus.

Where might God be sending you to speak the gospel today, even though you don’t know everything about following Christ?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018: Luke 10

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few,” How does this apply to the Atlantic District, one of the smallest LCMS districts, but the one whose borders enclose more people than any other district? Do we need more church workers or more lay people (or both) to go out and preach the Gospel? How are you specifically being called?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018: Luke 11

With the right situation you can see a candle in pitch black up to 30 miles away. (Trust me or Google it).

What specific times in your life have others been able to see the light of Christ in you?

If this does not happen frequently is it possible that you are covering your light up?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Thursday, November 1, 2018: Luke 12-13

What do you think of Christ saying He came to bring division not peace (12:51)?

Does that change our goals and aspirations of what it means to live as a follower of Christ in the Atlantic District?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Friday, November 2, 2018: Luke 14-15

In the Parable of the Prodigal Son (starting at 15:11) what kind of love does the father show to the son? How has God shown you a similar love in your life? How does that motivate you to be a disciple and be one who goes out and invites others to the banquet feast of the kingdom of God?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Saturday, November 3, 2018: Luke 16-17

How often do we ask God to increase our faith? A good question but what is Jesus’ response? What does this response mean to us? Has God given you enough faith to do great things as His disciple?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Monday, November 5, 2018: Luke 18-19

How does Jesus show love to the various people in this section of Scripture: the children, the rich ruler, the blind beggar, and Zacchaeus?

Which one do you relate to the most? Why?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018: Luke 20

In what ways do you see the tension between the religious leaders and Jesus really begin to build in this in this section of Luke?

What do we need to be careful of in our lives to make sure that we are not in tension with God’s truth?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018: Luke 21

Why do you think Jesus talks about the destruction of things? Do you think He is being overly negative or simply truthful?

Do you think His words serve a purpose? In the midst of disasters and destruction where do we look to find the love of Christ?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Thursday, November 8, 2018: Luke 22

As we draw closer to the death of Christ what do the disciples focus on in verse 24?

Do we as Christians ever focus on the wrong things?

What parts of your pride and self-centeredness do you need to confess and ask God to forgive? How could this be a benefit to your Church?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Friday, November 9, 2018: Luke 23-24

No Questions just think.

As you read this text don’t just read it but try to imagine you are there following Jesus watching all this happen.

Imagine the violence, the faces of the people, the smells, the anxiety, the fear. Force your brain to be there not just read words. Think about how powerful and action based God’s love is for you.

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Saturday, November 10, 2018: 1 Kings 12-13

How did God use the folly of one man to punish the evil of Solomon?

Did God’s love for His people end because of Solomon’s sins and the folly of Jeroboam?

How do we still see God’s love?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Monday, November 12, 2018: 1 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 10

Why do you think the Bible contains so much about the kings after Solomon? Consider this as you continue to read this section of Scripture.

What do you think the significance of the account of each king ending with, “And he slept with his fathers”?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 2 Chronicles 11-12

What are some of the gods that the kings of Judah and Israel seem to be following in these two texts? How can those similar gods tempt us?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018: 1 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 13

What do you think is the significance of the beginning of the description of the kings including “they walked in the ways of their father?” How do our fathers affect our lives and how are we affecting the ways of our children (if you have them)? Would you rather have your children say they walked in your ways or turned a different way?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Thursday, November 15, 2018: 2 Chronicles 14-15

What does the Bible think about the reign of Asa?

What is the Bible’s formula for evaluating kings?

It is interesting that in extra biblical accounts the most successful kings are not always the same kings as the ones the Bible consider successful.

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Friday, November 16, 2018: 1 Kings 16, 2 Chronicles 16

Why did the favor of the LORD depart from Asa?

Do you think this is reasonable?

Why was making a pact with another king so detestable to God?

What can we learn from this?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Saturday, November 17, 2018: 2 Chron 17, 1 Kings 17

In 1st Kings Elijah comes on to the scene. What do we learn about him from this passage? Why does Elijah’s life appear to be full of so many struggles?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Monday, November 19, 2018: 1 Kings 18-19

Did God’s great victory that He won through Elijah make his life easier or more difficult? How does this form us as Christians when we evaluate our victories and defeats? Are our Christian victories simply things that make our lives easier?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018: 1 Kings 20-21

Ahab did many wicked things during his reign. Why do you think such a big deal was made of this sin? King David also made a similar mistake (He had someone killed for his self-centered reasons 2 Samuel 11), How does Ahab’s response mirror that of David?

Why does God have mercy on Ahab?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018: 1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18

Ahab has a lot of time spent on him in the Bible. Why do you think he is so significant? What do you think we can learn from his reign?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Thursday, November 22, 2018: 2 Chronicles 19-20

What was the basis of judgment that went on in Judah during the time of Jehoshaphat’s reign? How did the reign of Jehoshaphat end? How uncommon is it for a king not to be corrupted? It is common as Christians to think that the most common place for a Christian to stray is in high school and college. How does the history of the kings remind us that we need to value our faith in God our whole life?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Friday, November 23, 2018: 2 Chronicles 21-23

What is the risk for Joash early on in his life? What is at stake if Joash were to die? How does this story sum up God’s ability to keep His promises? How does God use seemingly ordinary people in this story to keep those promises?

What extraordinary things might God be working through you that maybe you have not considered.

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)

Saturday, November 24, 2018: Obadiah

How does the book of Obadiah declare the sovereignty of God?

—Joshua Krepel (Bethlehem, Delmar)