Worship this week:
Saturday 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
Parable of the Tenants, question about taxes February 28, 2016
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday, Mark 12:1-12, Parable of the Tenants
Monday, Psalm 86:8-13
Tuesday, Mark 12:13-17, Taxes to Caesar
Wednesday, Mark 12:18-27, The Question about the Resurrection
Thursday, Isaiah 5:1-7, The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard
Friday, Psalm 121
Saturday, Hebrews 1:1-4, God Has Spoken by His Son
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
In the midst of a controversy over authority, Jesus is unable to provide an answer that would satisfy those who questioned his authority. Rather than continue trying to reason with them, he offered a parable. A little story set in a vineyard becomes a flimsily veiled threat to the chief priests, the legal experts, and the elders.
- What tone do these stories and parables take? How do Jesus’ words shape Jesus’ journey?
- What do you find most challenging about following Jesus? What could you do to make following easier?
- Who in the world suffers because of the lifestyle you lead? What could you do to change how your lifestyle affects the world?
- Write a parable that Jesus might tell to describe your life. Are you the bad guy, the good guy, or a blend of both? How does your parable end?
PRAY: Creative, creating one, let your words challenge us, engaging our imaginations in a revolutionary story that reshapes our understanding of the reality around us. Amen.
BLESS: May God teach you and give you courage to follow. Amen