April

April 1st – Psalm 13

¨ Have you ever felt like God had forgotten you? If so what made you feel that way? How did it affect your actions?

¨ Despite his feelings of abandonment by God what did the Psalmist conclude? Have you ever chosen to trust God even when it felt like he was not there?

¨ What are some examples of how God has been good to you?

April 2nd – Proverbs 9

¨ Explain the principle verse 7-9 is teaching us? Why the huge difference in response? How do you respond to rebuke?

April 3rd – Proverbs 10

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What are we taught about our speech from the proverbs in this chapter? How should we use our speech righteously? How do the wicked/fools use their speech? Is this affirming to you or convicting? Why?
  • What is the principle behind verse 17? Give some examples of times you have heeded discipline. What was the result? Give some examples of when you have ignored correction and what was the result.

April 4th – Proverbs 11

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?

 

  • What is the principle of verse 14? Are you more prone to go it alone or seek out advice from others when you make decisions? Who do you trust to be a good advisor? Why?

 

  • What does verse 28 say is the result of trusting in our riches? What does it look like to trust in our riches? Have you ever been guilty of this? What does the verse say about the righteous?

 

April 5th – Proverbs 12

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?

 

  • What does it mean to love discipline? How does that lead to loving knowledge? What is your attitude towards discipline/correction? Why do you think that is?

 

  • What is the principle behind verse 16? Can you think of a time when you quickly showed annoyance with another person? Is it easy or hard for you to overlook an insult? Why do you think that is?

 

April 6th – Proverbs 13

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?

 

  • How does pride lead to quarrels with others? Give an example of when pride led to a quarrel in your life. How is heeding advice from others the opposite of pride?

 

  • What is the principle behind verse 24? How is failing to discipline one’s child similar to hatred towards that child? How is disciplining your child an expression of love toward them? Give an example of when you were the recipient of loving discipline.

 

April 7th – Proverbs 14

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?

 

  • How is genuine fear of the Lord related to a desire to walk uprightly? How has your fear of the Lord, or lack thereof, influenced how you live? Why does verse 2 say that devious people despise the Lord?
  • Have you ever harbored ill feelings toward another person? What does verse 21 call that? What does kindness look like to the needy? Who can you show kindness to this week?

 

April 8th – Psalm 14

  • What does the Lord see when He looks down from heaven? What does this teach us about mankind? How was this true of you before you had a relationship with Christ?

 

  • What does the fool say in his heart about God? Why is this foolish and not just ignorant? Has there ever been a time in your life when you thought there was no God? When/why did you change your belief?

April 9th – Luke 19:28-44

  • What does Jesus ask two of his disciples to do? What has God asked you to do that seemed crazy and required faith to complete? How did you respond? What do you think this experience taught these two disciples about Jesus?

 

  • Why do you think Jesus went to such lengths to find a young donkey to ride? (see Matt 21:4-5) How might you have responded if you were the donkey’s owner? Is there anything that you own that you would not allow to be used for the Lord’s work? If so why not?

 

  • What different things did the people do to treat Jesus like a king in this passage? How do you treat Jesus like a king in your life? Are there other ways you could do this? Why do you think Jesus answered the Pharisees like he did when they asked him to quiet down his followers?

April 10th Luke 22:1-38

  • How do you think the disciples responded to Jesus telling him that the bread and wine represented his body and blood? (remember this is before the crucifixion) When we celebrate communion how do you “do this in remembrance of me?” what are you remembering?
  • How does Jesus describe true greatness? How does Jesus exemplify this kind of greatness? Which definition of greatness do you strive for, the worlds definition, or Jesus’ definition? How do you strive for it?
  • What do we learn about Jesus through his interaction with Peter here? How might we interact differently with someone who we knew would disown us? What is Jesus command to Peter when he turns back to him? Why is this significant?

April 11th – Luke 22:39-62

  • What was Jesus instruction to his disciples in both verse 40 and 46? What temptation do you think Jesus had in mind? Describe the anguish Jesus was praying through? What does this teach us about where we get our strength in difficult times?
  • How do you think Jesus felt to see this crowd led by Judas one of his disciples? Why did Jesus not want his disciples to fight? What does he mean when he tells the crowd this is your hour?
  • What do you think motivated Peter’s denials of Christ? What do you think it was like for Peter to see the Lord looking at him right after he denied hi the third time? How did Peter respond? How have you denied Christ with your words or actions? How did you respond?

April 12th – Luke 22:63-23:17

  • Why did the council of elders here ask Jesus if he was the Christ? Why do you think the elders would not answer Jesus if he asked them if they thought he was the Christ?
  • How did the Jewish leaders describe Jesus offense to Pilate? Why was Herod at first pleased to see Jesus? What made Herod change and begin to mock him? How do you respond when God does not do what you want him to do in a specific situation?
  • What was Pilate’s conclusion about Jesus? If Pilate found no fault in Jesus why do you think he planned to punish him and then release him? (v17)

April 13th Luke 23:18-31

  • What does it tell us about the crowd that they would rather have Barabbas, a murderer go free than Jesus? What was the motive behind the crowd’s cry for Jesus to be crucified?
  • What do you think it was like for Simon from Cyrene to carry Jesus’ cross? Why did Jesus tell the women not to mourn for him but for themselves and their children?
  • In verse 31 Jesus suggests an increase in wickedness in our world, what do we see in our world today that gives evidence of that? Do we mourn over this increase of wickedness all around us?

April 14th – Luke 23:32-49

  • What response in your heart does Jesus statement in verse 34 create? What motivated him to say such a thing? Can you imagine loving others causing you pain like this? What would it look like?
  • Describe the difference in the two criminals response to Jesus. What did Jesus see in the 2nd criminal’s heart that motivated his promise to him in verse 43?
  • What is the significance of the curtain in the temple being torn in two? How did the people watching this respond to seeing Jesus die? How do you respond to reading afresh the account of our Savior’s death?

April 15th Isaiah 53

  • How was the Messiah described physically in this passage? How was it said people would treat him when he came? How do we see this coming true in the New Testament?
  • What was predicted would happen to the Messiah because of our sins? What would that result in for us? What does this passage say about our sinfulness?
  • What other predictions does this text make about the suffering and death of the Messiah? How are these fulfilled in Jesus? What does this passage say about what will happen after the Messiah’s suffering and death?

April 16th Luke 23:50

  • Why did Joseph of step forward to bury the body of Jesus? How hard do you think it was for him to do this knowing that his peers would likely mock and ridicule him for doing this? When have you served the Lord despite the threat of ridicule and scorn for doing so?
  • What do you think that women initially felt when they noticed that the stone was rolled away? And when they saw the body of Jesus gone? When they saw the angels?
  • What did the women do after finding our Jesus was raised? Why didn’t the disciples believe them? Why do you think Peter was so eager to get to the tomb? Who can you tell about the risen Lord Jesus today?

April 17th – Proverbs 15

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What are the good things that our words can accomplish if used wisely? What are the damaging results of using our words carelessly and foolishly? How do you use your words? What fruit are you seeing your words produce?
  • What is it about the fear of the Lord that helps us to have contentment even with little materially? How would you define what it means to fear the Lord? How content are you with what you have? Why?

April 18th – Proverbs 16

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What does it mean to be proud of heart in verse 5? Why do you think the Lord detests those who are proud of heart? What pride do you see in your own heart? What does verse 18 say follows pride?
  • What plans have you made in your heart for your life, what do you want to accomplish? Are you willing to let the Lord determine the direction of your life even if it is different than what you planned? What plans for your life would be the hardest to surrender to the Lord? Why?

April 19th – Proverbs 17

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What does it mean to cover over an offense in verse 9? How does doing this promote love in that relationship? What is the result of talking to others about the offense? Are there any offenses that you need to cover over and stop talking about?
  • Who has God placed in your life to be that friend who loves at all times? To whom are you a friend like that? Is there someone in your life going through adversity who you can walk alongside and encourage?

April 20th – Proverbs 18

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What do we learn about the fool in verse 2? In your communication how hard do you work to really listen and understand what others are saying? Why do you think the fool delights in airing his own opinions? Describe what good healthy communication should look like. (see also v13)
  • How is the name of the Lord like a strong tower? What are the righteous safe from when they run to the Lord? Think of a time when you ran to the Lord, and found safety in his presence and describe it?

April 21st – Proverbs 19

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What is the principle behind verse 3? What are some examples of folly that bring ruin on one’s life? Who does our heart want to blame when our life falls apart? Why do you think that is? Have you ever found yourself blaming God for the difficulty of your life?
  • What hope does disciplining your kids give you? How did/are you discipline/disciplining your kids? What was the result? Why does this verse compare not disciplining your kids to being a party to their death?

April 22nd – Psalm 15

  • How does God describe the person who can dwell with him in his sanctuary?
  • Which of these descriptions describe you? How do you exemplify them? Which of these descriptions do not describe you? Why not?
  • What does it mean to lend your money without usury? Why do you think this is one of the descriptions of righteousness here? What does this tell us about a person’s heart?

April 23rd – Proverbs 20

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What do we learn about God from verses 10 and 23? How should these verses affect how we conduct our business in the community? Do you think those who have done business with you would describe you as honest and fair? Why? Or Why not?
  • What does gossip do according to verse 19? Have you ever trusted someone only to have them gossip about you? Describe your reaction? Have you ever been guilty of gossiping? What are we told to do with the person who talks too much? Don’t let this be you!

April 24th – Proverbs 21

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What is the principle behind verse 3? What “sacrifices” do we sometimes bring to God thinking he will accept us? How do we know what is right and just? Is there anything you know is right that you are not doing right now? Why are you not doing it?
  • What does it mean to put up a bold front in verse 29? How is this different from what the upright man does? Which best describes you? Why?

April 25th – Proverbs 22

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What instruction is given to parents in this chapter? How are/were you at following this instruction as a parent? What fruit have you seen in the lives of your children as a result?
  • What wisdom are we given in verse 26-27 concerning debt? What condition should we be able to meet if we are going to incur debt?

April 26th – Proverbs 23

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • Why does verse 17 tell us not to let our heart envy sinners? What is your heart prone to envy from sinful people? What does it look like to be zealous for the fear of the Lord?
  • What does this chapter say about wine/alcohol? How might it bite like a snake (v32)? What other effects of wine are mentioned? What wisdom should we take away from this about the role wine should play in your life?

April 27th – Proverbs 24

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • What is the principle behind verse 29? Instead of revenge or vengeance, how should we respond when we are mistreated? (see also 1 Peter 3:8-9) Is there anyone you want to “get back” for how they have treated you? How would God want you to respond to them?
  • What lesson is learned from observing the sluggard? What would a sluggard look like in our world today? Does your work ethic bring honor to God? Is so how? If not why not?

April 28th – Proverbs 25

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • In what way is the rebuke of a wise man like a gold earring or ornament of gold to a listening ear? How does a “listening ear” receive the rebuke? How do you respond when you are rebuked? Why do you respond that way?
  • What is the principle behind verse 20? What does this teach us about how to minister to those who are struggling? What might be some examples of how to fruitfully minister to someone who is struggling?

April 29th – Psalm 16

  • When difficulty, adversity, discouragement, or hurt comes in your life how do you seek refuge? Where does David go? Why does he go to the Lord? (v2)
  • What does David mean when he says that he has set the Lord always before him? What does this practice lead to for David? (v. 8) How could you set the Lord always before you?
  • What is David praising God for in verse 11? David found joy in God’s presence, what brings joy to your heart about God? How do you express your worship of God outside of our church worship service?

April 30th – Proverbs 26

  • Which of the proverbs in this chapter is the most meaningful to you? Why? Most challenging? Why?
  • How do we understand the apparent contradiction in verses 4-5? How should we not answer a fool? How should we answer a fool?
  • What relationship does gossip have to quarrels?(v20) What does verse 22 teach us about gossip? Describe a time when gossip hurt you or your family? Have you been guilty of gossip lately? If so who do you need to apologize to?