A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse

Posted Dec 7, 2019

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This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)

From Monday's Reading: 2 Samuel 7:8-17

The prophet Jeremiah ministered when Babylon’s growing power seemed ever more likely to break the line of Israelite kings. He warned that bad human choices could lead to even God not fulfilling previous promises (cf. Jeremiah 18:7-10). Are you aware of some of the foolish choices by genetically Davidic kings that led to their line breaking in 587 B.C.E.? Some Israelites feared that their exile made the promise that “Your throne will be established forever” false. Did it?

From Wednesday's Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-5

Verses 1-2 remind us that God has always cared deeply how we use our influence (whether over one person or thousands). What do you do, in any sphere where you have influence, to be a “shepherd” who builds people up, rather than destroying and scattering them? How do you want God to help you grow so you can be the kind of shepherd God blesses?

From Thursday's Reading: Luke 1:26-38

Mary knew how babies happen as much as we do. A woman who hadn’t “had sexual relations with a man” (verse 34) could NOT be pregnant. Yet Gabriel promised just that (verse 31). Mary responded simply and trustingly: "I am the Lord's servant. Let it be with me just as you have said" (verse 38). Mary, a teenager with unanswered, unanswerable questions, modeled what it means to trust God. What helps you trust God’s loving care in confusing or scary conditions? What does it take for you to respond to God’s call as Mary did?

From Friday's Reading: Luke 1:39-55

Before Jesus was even born, Elizabeth was the first to call him “Lord”: “Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (verse 43) (The gospels also said women were the first witnesses proclaiming Jesus' resurrection.) How does calling Jesus “Lord” mean giving up the right to live your life any way you please? In what ways has Jesus' lordship changed your life, and brought a different kind of joy into it?

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