St. Paul's Baptist Church 1000 Wallace St. Phila. PA 19123
Friday, April 18, 2014
Reverend Dr. Leslie D. Callahan, Pastor
Welcome to St. Paul’s
An Invitation from Pastor Callahan
Whether you're happy or sad, lost or lonely, full of questions,
or just looking for somewhere to feel at home,
there is a place for you at St. Paul's.
Our Church Wide Study journey continues…
Church Wide Small Group Bible Study
Weekly Scripture Reading: Monday, April 14- Saturday, April 19 , 2014
Monday: Matthew 21:1-11
Tuesday: Psalm 118:1-9
Wednesday: Psalm 118:10-18
Thursday: Psalm 118:19-29
Friday: Zechariah 9:9
Saturday: Mark 11:1-11
Questions for Reflection and Small Group Discussion
When Jesus enters Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, he enters with a horde of people with massive expectations. Jesus had been traveling throughout the entire region sharing the Good News about God, healing many, and performing miraculous signs. Everywhere Jesus went the crowds went with him, and they kept getting bigger and bigger. By the time Jesus comes to Jerusalem during Holy Week people had begun to figure out the Jesus was the Son of God, and the long awaited and promised Messiah. Jesus reinforces this belief by riding into town on a colt that had never been ridden to fulfill an ancient prophesy about the Messiah: Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
Jesus rides into town and is received as a king and as a son of David, with all the expectations of the messiah: political, social, and military liberation. The people were excited, enthused, and ready for their lives to change. It won’t take long however for those Palm Sunday expectations to be dashed as Jesus travels to the cross in a matter of days. The people expected liberation from the Roman invaders, and the renewal of the reign of King David. What they got instead was spiritual liberation and renewal from the Kingdom of God. Many of the same people who hailed Jesus on Palm Sunday as their Messiah and king, called for his crucifixion and death on Good Friday. Jesus didn’t come to be popular and fulfill the expectations of the people, he came to fulfill God’s mission.
1. As you consider the popularity, praise, and projected expectations heaped upon Jesus, what expectations do you have for God?
2. How do your expectations of God either prepare you or hinder you from fulfilling God’s expectations of you?
3. What does it mean to have Jesus as our king and messiah? How can we balance our healthy expectations of God’s role in our lives, with being obedient to God’s will?
This week’s questions are taken from http://biblestudyinsideout.blogspot.com/2009/04/holy-week-palm-sunday.html
Current Small Group Meeting Times
Sundays: 9:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m.
*If another time works best, please let us know.
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