41 – The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23:1-6)
What do you learn about the nature and character of the Lord in this beloved psalm? Which verse is most significant to you? Why?
42 – Have Mercy on Me (Psalm 51:1-19)
Why is it so important to confess your sins? What help does this psalm give you?
43 – Praise the Lord (Psalm 103:1-22)
Having read David’s words of praise in this psalm, what would you most praise God for? What inspires or hinders you in praising the Lord?
44 – Godly Wisdom (Proverbs 1:1 – 4:27)
People have many ideas about what wisdom is. What do you think it means to be really wise?
45 – The Proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 16-18)
What are some of the main themes of these proverbs? Which of them are most helpful to you?
46 – The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 51:1 – 53:12)
There is both “bad news” and “good news” in this passage. What is the bad news and the reason for it?
47 – Jeremiah’s Call and Message (Jeremiah 1:1 – 3:5)
Have you ever felt that God called you to deliver a hard message to friends, your church or community? If so, what did you do?
48 – Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6:1-28)
Daniel may have been tempted to go along with the King’s decree. What temptations to “downplay” your faith do you face?
49 – The Story of Jonah (Jonah 1:1 – 4:11)
Have you ever wanted to run away from God? What did you end up doing and why? What lesson did you learn?
50 – The Day of Judgment (Malachi 1:1 – 4:6)
In an Advent sermon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Only when we have felt the terror of the matter, can we recognize the incomparable kindness. God comes into the very midst of evil and of death, and judges the evil in us and in the world. And by judging us, God cleanses and sanctifies us, comes to us with grace and love.” Have you ever considered that God judges evil in the world and evil in people, desiring it to be cut out like a tumor? How would that change things for you?
51 – The Word Became Flesh (John 1:1-18)
What do you find most striking or significant about what this passage says about Jesus?
52 – Gabriel’s Message (Luke 1)
Does anything in this account surprise or trouble you?
53 – The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-40)
Why do you suppose the lowly shepherds were the first to hear of Jesus’ birth? How would you share the angel’s good news in our time?
54 – John the Baptist (Luke 3:1-20)
If John the Baptist had a message for us today, what do you think it would be? How do you think he would look, communicate, and be received by people?
55 – Baptism and Temptation (Matthew 3 – 4:17)
What can you learn from this account of Jesus’ temptation that will help you when you are tempted?
56 – Sermon on the Mount, Part 1 (Matthew 5:1 – 6:4)
Is it possible to follow Jesus’ teaching completely in our modern society?
57 – Sermon on the Mount, Part 2 (Matthew 6:5 – 7:29)
Is it really possible not to worry, as Jesus says here? What things worry you the most? How can your faith help you deal with those worries?
58 – The Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13)
The kingdom of Heaven is both here with us now because Jesus was and is here. The kingdom of God is yet to come in its fullness. What is your favorite part of these images of the kingdom of God?
59 – The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25‐37)
How do you exercise your responsibilities to your neighbors? Identify a “neighbor” in need—whether nearby or not—and decide how and when you can be a “Good Samaritan” in a practical way.
60 – Lost and Found (Luke 15)
How does God consider and deal with the lost? Although we often hear the title “the prodigal son”, the parable begins with, “there was a man who had two sons”. How would it change your view to view it through the eyes of the father?