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