Study 6 - Welcome series

Published: Friday, 18 March 2016

20 March Welcome Study

Introduction

On 14 February we commenced a series based on the Sunday Scriptures and sermons at ABC under the theme of ‘Welcome’.

Questions are provided each week and posted in ABC’s Friday eBulletin and on the ABC web site. These resources are designed to be a format and stimulus for people wanting to study the passages in small study groups or to do individual study. Don’t feel you have to address all the questions in a group session. Begin by reading the Scripture passage slowly and meditatively, asking God to reveal important things for you to know and act upon.

You may want to read and/or listen to the sermon appropriate to the week as it is posted on the ABC web site. Links to the Sermon Podcasts and Sermon Scripts.

Study 6—Welcoming with Palms and Praises

Read through this passage and highlight the words or phrases that puzzle and/or impress you.

Luke 19:28-40

  • 19:28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
  • 19:29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives,
    he sent two of the disciples,
  • 19:30 saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt
    that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
  • 19:31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it.'"
  • 19:32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.
  • 19:33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
  • 19:34 They said, "The Lord needs it."
  • 19:35 Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
  • 19:36 As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.
  • 19:37 As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the
    disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen,
  • 19:38 saying, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory
    in the highest heaven!"
  • 19:39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop."
  • 19:40 He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out."

 

Study 5 - Welcome series

Published: Friday, 18 March 2016

13 March Welcome Studies

Introduction

On 14 February we commenced a series based on the Sunday Scriptures and sermons at ABC under the theme of ‘Welcome’.

Questions are provided each week and posted in ABC’s Friday eBulletin and on the ABC web site. These resources are designed to be a format and stimulus for people wanting to study the passages in small study groups or to do individual study. Don’t feel you have to address all the questions in a group session. Begin by reading the Scripture passage slowly and meditatively, asking God to reveal important things for you to know and act upon.

You may want to read and/or listen to the sermon appropriate to the week as it is posted on the ABC web site. Links to the Sermon Podcasts and Sermon Scripts.

Study 5—The Generous Welcome

Scriptures: John 12: 1-8

For Starters

Reflect on a most pleasurable meal that you have had and tell about the key elements that made it so.

How have MasterChef, My Kitchen Rules and the host of other food reality shows influenced positively and negatively your practice of hospitality?

Dinners and Diners John 12: 1-2

What are some of the elements John identifies that shaped the atmosphere and ambience of the dinner experience at Bethany?

Study Guide - Welcome 4

Published: Friday, 04 March 2016

Introduction

On 14 February we commenced a series based on the Sunday Scriptures and sermons at ABC under the theme of ‘Welcome’.

Questions are provided each week and posted in ABC’s Friday Bulletin and on the ABC website. These resources are designed to be a format and stimulus for people wanting to study the passages in small study groups or to do individual study. Don’t feel you have to address all the questions in a group session. Begin by reading the Scripture passage slowly and meditatively, asking God to reveal important things for you to know and act upon.

You may want to read and/or listen to the sermon appropriate to the week as it is posted on the ABC web site. Links to the Sermon Podcasts and Sermon Scripts.

Study 4—The Welcoming God (6 March 2016)

Scriptures: Luke 15: 1-3; 11b-32

God and Grumblers Luke 15: 1-2

 - What does it say about the person of Jesus that tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him?
 - How do you understand the grumbling by religious leaders about Jesus’ welcome of sinners and his eating
    with them?
 - Where and about what do you see this grumbling taking place in our day and in our sphere?

Storytelling God Luke 15:3

‘So he told them this parable’. No, he told them three parables.

 - What is so powerful and effective about telling stories?
 - What are the distinctive angles and contributions of the story of…
    - The sheep? Luke 15: 3-7
    - The coins? Luke 15: 8-10
    - The sons? Luke 15: 11-32

The ‘Parable of the Prodigal Son’ Luke 15: 11-32

Read this familiar parable over in silence and mark (with a pen or a highlighter) the words that stand out for you anew. Share with your group the fresh thoughts about this story that you have highlighted.

 - With what other titles have you heard this parable called and what is the best name for you? Why?
 - About the main story (Luke 15: 11-32) with which character do you identify with at the moment and why?
   (Younger son, Father, Older son, the fatted calf)
 - What does this story tell us about the nature of God?
 - What does this story tell us about the welcome we are called to give?

Prayer

Ask God for the strength to cope with the grumbling and to extend the welcome that results in great joy.

Study Guide - Welcome 3

Published: Friday, 26 February 2016

Study 3 - Spacious Welcome 

Welcoming the work of God in our lives has been the focus of our Lenten series. 

Recap from Last Week

 - Any more reflections from our second study—Welcoming those who don’t want to be welcomed?
 - How does the image of God as a gathering mother hen change your prayer?

Scriptures: Luke 13:1-9 (look at this paraphrase from Nathan Nettleton)

Disasters and the Judgement of God

In Luke 13:1-9 the story suggests disasters are not the punishment of God. We know that the love of God endures so what is it that does not last?

The fig tree

 - Grace and Judgement, manure or the axe…
 - How do we know the difference in our own lives? 
 - Can you think of an example of either?

Our calling in this story is to turn from unhelpful behaviours, habits and attitudes to ones that bring life. This is a life journey! 

 - What resources can we draw on to keep growing? 

Welcoming 

The reading from Isaiah 55:1-9 offers us God’s extravagant hospitality.

 - What do you want to create space for?
 - What might you need to clear away in order to do this?
 - What do you need to give more time (grace) to?
 - In what area of your life would you like to be more disciplined?

Through the Coming Week

In your prayer life this week make this a prayer of confession.
 - I’m turning from …   towards the life giving welcoming God.

Study Guide - Welcome 2

Published: Friday, 19 February 2016

21 February Welcome Studies

Introduction

On 14 February we commenced a series based on the Sunday Scriptures and sermons at ABC under the theme of ‘Welcome’. This falls in the period leading up to Easter known as Lent.

You may want to read and/or listen to the sermon appropriate to the week as it is posted on the ABC web site. Links to the Sermon Podcasts and Sermon Scripts. Click here to download the study in pdf format.

Recap from Last Week

Any more reflections from our first study—Welcome the Stranger?

Any ways in which you have recently sensed God in the face of a stranger?

Any recent ways that you have welcomed a stranger and found your life to be enriched?

Study Guide - Welcome series

Published: Friday, 12 February 2016

Lent 2016

Introduction

On 14 February we are commencing a series based on the Sunday Scriptures and sermons at ABC under the theme of ‘Welcome’. This falls in the period leading up to Easter known as Lent.

Questions will be provided each week and posted in ABC’s Friday Bulletin and on the ABC website. These resources are designed to be a format and stimulus for people wanting to study the passages in small study groups or to do individual study. Don’t feel you have to address all the questions in a group session. Begin by reading the Scripture passage slowly and meditatively, asking God to reveal important things for you to know and act upon.

You may want to read and/or listen to the sermon appropriate to the week as it is posted on the ABC web site. Links to the Sermon Podcasts and Sermon Scripts. Click here to download the study in pdf format.