After completing the Sermon Series: Questions Jesus Asked, we return to the Lectionary as our guide through the ordinary days of Jesus' ministry. In preparation for worship each Sunday, be sure to refer back to this post each week and reflect on the readings and questions / comments. Then, let us gather on The Lord's Day to sing, pray, listen, and commune with our Holy and Loving God.
Read Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 18:15-20
- From the Romans passage, what does Paul teach about fulfilling the law?
- From his perspective, what time is it?
- Turning to the gospel reading, reflect for a moment on verse 20. What happens in the midst of two or three gathered in Jesus' name?
Read Romans 14:1-12 and Matthew 18:21-35
- From Romans, what stands out for you as important about this reading? Why?
- Turning to Matthew, who poses the question that Jesus answers with a parable?
- What is the question?
- How does Jesus' answer go against the grain of what we would expect?
Read Philippians 1:21-30 and Matthew 20:1-16
- In his letter to the church of Philippi, what does Paul see as "gain"?
- In the reading from Matthew, what does Jesus say the kingdom of heaven is like?
- What is counter-intuitive about this parable?
- How does the story end?
Read Philippians 2:1-13 and Matthew 21:23-32
- In his letter to the church of Philippi, what does Paul urge the people to do?
- How do you seek to "let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus"?
- From the gospel reading, who questions Jesus' authority?
- What meaning do you garner from the parable of the two sons?
As always, I look forward to our time of worship each Sunday. Come along and bring a friend!