April 1 • He is Risen!

March 25 • Means of Grace

Food for Thought:

  • What was your most powerful experience of a Sacrament?
  • Were you baptized as an infant or adult? Can you express the value of different methods of baptism?
  • Do you have a special memory of taking communion? How have you felt God's presence and grace in communion?
  • Why did the early Methodists think it was so important to receive the sacraments?
  • Why does the Protestant church only have two sacraments?
  • Along with Baptism and Eucharist, the Catholic Church recognizes Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders as sacraments. How is grace is present in the additional 5 sacraments of the Catholic Church?
  • Why do sacraments use common elements?


Dig Deeper:

This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion
The Meaning of Holy Communion
By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism
The Meaning of Baptism
 

March 18 • A Lived Faith

Food for Thought:

  • What is your favorite hymn? When you are singing hymns, do you think about what the words mean?
  • How do you understand personal holiness and social holiness?
  • How do you understand the kingdom of heaven?
  • In Matthew 7:24-29, what is the difference between a hearer and a doer? 
  • What do you think Jesus means by building your house on sand? In your faith or your life, can you think of a time when you have built your house on sand? 
  • What do you do, or could you do, to build your house on rock? 
  • How is your doing? 
  • What is the relationship between what you believe and what you do?
 

Dig Deeper:

John Wesley • Upon Our Lord's Sermon on the Mount, 13



March 11 • Living our Principles

Food for Thought:

  • What is the role of the Church in social justice?
  • What is the role of the Church in politics?
  • How do we lovingly balance the diverse opinions of individuals?
  • Are there positions or in our Social Principles that you struggle with?
  • How should we love and worship with someone who holds a different view?
  • Are there situations that have come up in your life to change your view on certain hot topics?
     

Dig Deeper:

Our Social Principles
Our Social Creed
The Natural World
The Nurturing Community
The Social Community 
The Economic Community
The Political Community
The World Community


March 4 • By Grace

Food for Thought:

  • What are ways that you have experienced Divine Grace?
  • How have you helped others know the grace of God?
  • Have there been times when you have been resistant or closed off to God's grace?
  • How does this differ from the world's view of a scale of justice and earning God's love?
  • How should God's grace guide our actions toward others?


February 25 • Who is God?

Food for Thought:

  • What is your favorite symbolic imagery of the Trinity and why?
  • Which part of the Trinity do you most associate with and why?
  • When have you most significantly encountered the Holy Spirit in your life?
  • We are monotheistic, how does a theology of the Trinity make our faith unique?
  • Do you feel that The Apostles Creed, Scripture, and other documents help with our understanding of God's fullness? Which one helps or challenges you the most?
 

Dig Deeper:

Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church 
Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren Church 
Letter to A Roman Catholic
On the Trinity, Sermon 55 • John Wesley
The Unity Of The Divine Being, Sermon 114 • John Wesley
On The Omnipresence Of God, Sermon 111 • John Wesley
On Eternity, Sermon 54 • John Wesley


February 18 • Embracing our Heritage

Food for Thought:

  • What was the value of early Methodist Societies?
  • What are the potential values of a small group?
  • When have you had a heartwarming experience? Was it related to understanding God's Love or Grace?
  • Do you have a bible verse that you most identify with or that inspires you?
  • How can we continue to be a Uniting Church rather than dividing?
  • If you were to start a church what would be your articles of religion or foundational verses?
  • What wisdom does our heritage have to offer the church today?
 

Dig Deeper:

United Methodist Church History
Wesley's General Rules

Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church 
Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren Church