Questions for Sunday Jan 20th 2019
These are some questions you may like to discuss in your group or consider individually following the sermon this week. It is not intended that you consider all of them in one sitting and you could use them one at a time as a daily devotional throughout the week.
1. Re-read the passage Luke 2:41-52.
What stands out for you as you read it?
Do you think Jesus was right to stay without his parents?
How do you think Mary and Joseph felt?
Spend time praying for all the lost children in our country and around the world today, so many go missing and are never found.
2. Consider the temple in Jesus’ time – it was a busy place. Jesus threw people out as he wanted the temple to be a place of prayer. How can we make our church more of a house of prayer this year?
3. Jesus ‘made a whip out of cords and drove all from the temple courts’. How does this contrast with the usual picture of Jesus being peaceful, meek and mild? What do you think about Jesus’ personality and his aggression? What can we learn from this about our attitudes and actions?
4. If our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16), how do you think that impacts on how we treat ourselves and our bodies?
Is there anything you think you should change in the light of this knowledge?
5. Read Psalm 84. What does this psalm speak of to you? Spend time praising God for who he is and for his blessings.
6. What are the things you do where you find God’s presence with you?
What things could you try to change as a result of this sermon and to increase the time you spend at ‘the temple’?