Study Guides

STUDY GUIDE FOR 5/27/2018: REMEMBERING… (Joshua 3-4)

Think about life:

  • What are your earliest childhood memories?
  • When your family or extended family gathers, what stories tend to get retold – and what does that say about the family?
  • How have memories of events – whether good or bad – shaped you as a person?
  • Why do we feel sorry for people who begin to lose their ability to remember?

Digging Deeper into Scripture: Jesus’ welcoming and transforming love

  • Read Joshua 4:1-7
    • Whose idea was it for the memorial stones to be gathered and placed?
    • Why does God want the Israelites to remember what happened?
    • What is the advantage of having memorial stones for future generations?
    • What happens to a people, family or church when we do not remember the stories of what God has done in the past?
  • Read Joshua 4:21-24
    • What other event is Israel’s past does Joshua link the memorial stones?
    • How is parting of the Jordan River and the parting of the Red Sea similar and different?
    • How does the story of what God has done in the past encourage the telling of other stories?
    • What stories of what God has done in our past have you shared with your family, co-workers, friends, neighbors?
  • Read Luke 22:19-20
    • Note: This is in the story of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection.
    • What does Jesus ask his disciples to remember?
    • How did Jesus’ death and resurrection make the bread and cup – what we today call Communion – a powerful remembering?
    • What do you remember when you take Communion?
    • What would happen to our faith in Jesus Christ if we did not remember his death and resurrection?

Daily Scripture readings: Acts 26:1-23; Psalm 107; Luke 24:13-34; Psalm 111