Showing Tue Apr 17 - Sun May 13, 2018

2017 Series

Monday, April 16, 2018: Joshua 23-24

• What is Joshua’s charge to the Children of Israel?

• Why was Israel so successful in battle?

• What warning does he give Israel?

• Why does Joshua publically recount the history of Israel before his death?

• What is the peoples’ response?

• How does Joshua seal the covenant before he dies?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018: Judges 1

• What is the Land of Canaan to the Israelites?

• Why do they fight to enter it?

• How does the struggle of Judah vs. Canaan represent our Christian life?

• What are some of the battles that this chapter lists?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018: Judges 2-3

• What is the angel of the Lord’s message to Israel?

• What is Israel’s response?

• What generation fell away from the Lord? What did they do?

• Why does the Lord raise up judges?

• What happened when a judge died? What did the people do?

• What was the result of Israel breaking the Lord’s covenant?

• What heinous sin was committed by Israel (Chapter 3)?

• Who is Othniel?

• Notice the pattern. Whenever a true leader of the Lord died, the people rebelled. How does this play out today?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Thursday, April 19, 2018: Judges 4-5

• Who is Deborah?

• Who is Sisera?

• Sisera thought that Jael’s tent was a good hiding place—no man, other than a father or husband—would dare enter a woman’s tent. No one would look for him there. Besides, one of the benefits of hospitality was protection. So he thought he was safe. What does Jael do? What significance does this have for Barak?

• How is Deborah’s song similar to the song of Moses and Miriam (Exodus 15) , or Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1)? What is the underlying theme of each? How do the words of these women’s canticles bring us hope?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Friday, April 20, 2018: Judges 6-7

• What is Israel’s predictable response after Deborah’s victory?

• What was Midian’s strategy against Israel?

• When the Israelites plead to the Lord, what is His response?

• Who does the Lord raise up to save Israel? Who did the Lord raise up to save you?

• What is the sign that is given to Gideon on the rock?

• Why is Gideon afraid will happen because he saw the “angel of the Lord?”

• How does Gideon respond to the charges of the Baal worshipers?

• Gideon asks twice more for a sign from God with a fleece to convince him that God would save Israel. Is it alright to ask God for a sign? Why might this be dangerous or sinful for us to do today?

• Normally, when one goes into battle, he wants as many warriors as possible. But God tells Gideon that he has too many warriors. Why does God do this?

• How does Gideon come to the conclusion that the Lord has indeed given Midian into his hands?

• How does Gideon defeat Midian with only three hundred men? What do the three hundred trumpets do to the Midianites?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Saturday, April 21, 2018: Judges2 8-9

• Why do the Ephraimites criticize Gideon?

• What is Gideon’s response when the people ask him to rule over them?

• Does Israel learn to follow the Lord? What happens?

• What does Abimelech propose to the Israelites?

• What is the meaning of Jotham’s parable?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Monday, April 23, 2018: Judges 10-11

• What happens to those who live outside of God’s kingdom?

• What does the Lord say to Israel after she confesses her sin of idolatry? How does Israel then respond?

• Why did the Ammonites attack Israel?

• What was Jephthah’s response to the Ammonite King?

• How does Jephthah keep his vow to the Lord after subduing Ammon?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018: Judges 12-13

• Why were the men of Ephraim mad at Jephthah?

• Why was Israel delivered into the hands of the Philistines for forty years?

• Who are some of the other Biblical women who could not conceive?

• How is this also similar to the announcement of Gabriel to Mary?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018: Judges 14-15

• Why does Sampson marry a Philistine woman?

• How could this be the Lord’s will (v. 4)

• What does Sampson’s riddle mean?

• What happens to Sampson’s wife?

• How does Sampson get even with the Philistines?

• What did they do with Sampson’s father-in-law and wife?

• What happens when Sampson is taken prisoner to be delivered to the Philistines?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Thursday, April 26, 2018: Judges 16-17

• Sampson falls in love with Delilah. But what motivates Delilah in her relationship to Sampson?

• Why does Sampson finally “tell her everything?”

• How does Sampson get his strength back?

• What does he do in the end?

• How does this remind you of Jesus?

• What is Micha’s sin?

• Why does he contract with a Levite priest?

• How do we syncretize our wrong beliefs with our Christian faith?

• What does the Lord call us to do?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Friday, April 27, 2018: Judges 18-19

• How do the Danites use Micha?

• What happens with Micah? What does illustrate when people choose money over God?

• What ultimately happens to Micha?

• How does the master of the house respond to the wicked men who want to have sex with the Levite man? How is this similar to the story of Lot and Sodom?

• What does the Levite man do with his dead concubine?

• What is the response of the Israelites?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Saturday, April 28, 2018: Judges 20-21

• What was Israel’s response to the rape, murder and dismemberment of the Levite’s concubine?

• Why did the Benjamites rebel?

• What happened to them in this “civil war”?

• What does this say about how the Lord deals with sin?

• What is the rest of Israel’s response to the death of the Benjamites?

• Who did the Benjamites take as wives?

• What does it mean that “everyone did as he saw fit”?

• Does this happen today?

• How are we shielded from God’s wrath in Jesus Christ?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Monday, April 30, 2018: Ruth 1-2

• What was the hometown of Elimelech and Naomi? How is this important to you?

• What kind of women did Mahlon and Kilion marry?

• What kind of love does Ruth have for Naomi?

• Why does Naomi call herself “Mara”?

• What was the favor that Boaz showed to Ruth?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018: Ruth 3-4

• Why is Ruth’s marriage to Boaz so important to Naomi?

• Who ultimately would come from Obed, Ruth and Boaz’ son?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018: Mark 1

• What does Mark do in making the connection between the Isaiah quote and Jesus?

• What happens to Jesus immediately after He is Baptized? What does this say to us?

• What is the first miracle that Mark reports? Why is this important?

• Jesus went to a solitary place to pray. Why is it important that you have a vibrant prayer life?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Thursday, May 3, 2018: Mark 2

• What is easier to say, “Get up and walk”, or “your sins are forgiven”? Explain. What does this tell us about forgiveness?

• What is comforting to you when you read about Jesus calling Matthew (Levi)?

• What does it mean that Jesus is the “Lord of the Sabbath”? How is this freeing for you?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Friday, May 4, 2018: Mark 3

• Why do the Pharisees want to kill Jesus so early on in Mark?

• Why is it that the crowds are following Jesus?

• What tasks did Jesus assign to the Twelve?

• What has Jesus done to Satan for you?

• What is the ultimate sin of blaspheme against the Holy Spirit?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Saturday, May 5, 2018: Mark 4-5

• Why does Jesus use parables to teach?

• What is a parable?

• What is the point Jesus makes in the Parable of the Lamp?

• What is the point Jesus makes in the four parables in Mark 4?

• How do each of these apply to you?

• In Baptism, the Lord cleansed you of all evil spirits and gave you the Holy Spirit. How does the response of this man reflect what your Baptism into Christ means to you?

• What is so spectacular about the Miracle of Jairus’ daughter? How does this give you hope?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Monday, May 7, 2018: Mark 6

• What does Jesus mean when he says, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown?”

• What did John the Baptist do for Herod to throw him into jail and ultimately behead him? What does this say to you about being bold in confessing your faith in Jesus, even in the midst of persecution?

• What is the significance of 12 baskets being left over after Jesus feeds the 5,000?

• After Jesus walks on the water, what does it mean the disciples’ “hearts were hardened?”

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018: Mark 7-8

• Why does Jesus call the Pharisees, “hypocrites”?

• What is it that comes out of you that defiles you?

• Why does the Syrophoenecian woman’s faith impress Jesus?

• How has the Holy Spirit opened your ears?

• What is a “sign”?

• What is leaven? To what is Jesus referring?

• Why does Jesus charge the disciples to tell no one that He is the Christ, as Peter confessed?

• What is the irony between Peter’s confession in verse 29 and what he does in verse 32?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018: Mark 9-10

• What is the significance of the Transfiguration?

• What do Moses and Elijah represent?

• When God the Father speaks, how does it differ from what He says at Jesus Baptism? (Chapter 1)

• Who is the “Elijah” who came?

• What are some of the things that Jesus taught in Chapter 9? What do they mean to you?

• What does Jesus say about divorce? How does this apply to you, especially if you have been through a divorce?

• What does Jesus mean when He says, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Is this referring to having the unquestioning “faith” of a child, or is it referring to receiving the gift of a child? Explain.

• What was the issue with the Rich Young Man? How might this be an issue for you?

• How do you “think” like James and John in your life?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Thursday, May 10, 2018: Mark 11-12

• Why do the people shout “Hosanna” when Jesus enters Jerusalem? What does this mean?

• Why were the chief priests and scribes reluctant to punish Jesus for cleansing the Temple? How do you see this in the world today?

• What does the withering of the fig tree represent?

• Explain Jesus’ answer to the Scribes and Elders

• Explain the parable of the Tenants. What is Jesus telling us?

• What does Jesus explain to us about a Christian’s relationship to government?

• What does Jesus tell us about marriage in heaven when he speaks with the Saducees?

• What does Jesus mean when He says, “You are not far from the kingdom of God?”

• In quoting David, what does David mean when he says, “The Lord said to my Lord?”

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Friday, May 11, 2018: Mark 13-14

• The disciples ask Jesus for “a” sign of “when these things are all about to be fulfilled.” Why does Jesus respond with “signs”?

• What are the signs that Jesus gives? Have they happened during every age?

• Who is the only one who knows when the Last Day will occur? What does this say about “date setters” such as Harold Camping or the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

• How do you “keep watch”?

• What is so significant about the woman anointing Jesus with very expensive perfume? What does this tell us about how Christian worship should be?

• Why is the response of some so sinful? Do you ever see this response played out by members of the Church today in various circumstances? Have you ever done this?

• What are some of the events that occur during the Lord’s supper?

• What do you think Jesus and the disciples sang after the Last Supper?

• How will all of the disciples fall away from Jesus? How do you fall away from Jesus? How does Jesus restore you when you fall away from Him?

• What are some of the events that happen in Gethsemane. Remember that Jesus did all of this for you!

• What is the ultimate charge of the Council against Jesus (v. 63).

• Why did Peter disown Jesus? What was his response after he did this? Does Jesus forgive him? This shows us that there is no sin too great for Jesus to forgive!

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)

Saturday, May 12, 2018: Mark 15-16

• What does the releasing of Barabbas show about the crowd? How can hatred blind us from the truth?

• What does the tearing of the Temple Curtain display?

• Who were the women “watching at a distance”?

• Why did the women go to Jesus’ tomb early Sunday morning?

• Who was the young man inside the tomb?

• Why were the women afraid?

• Mark 16:9-20 is not found in ancient manuscripts. Some believe it was added later. Nonetheless, we still believe that it is God’s Word. Read this section. Why do you think it was added?

• Why are the last verses in Mark 16 important?

—John Fleischmann (Christ, East Moriches)