Week 27 Application | Picking Up Sticks

Throughout history few leaders have accomplished as much as the apostle Paul, yet he endured an astonishing number of traumatic events: imprisonment, beatings, sleeplessness, hunger, thirst, and many other forms of suffering. Almost matter-of-factly Paul mentions, “Three times I was shipwrecked” (2 Corinthians 11:25). In Acts chapter 27, Luke tells about one of those shipwrecks […]


Week 27 Study Questions

Use one or both of these questions to introduce the lesson: (Feel free to withhold names in this exercise if you wish.) 1. Who is the best boss you’ve ever had? What made this boss the best? 2. Who is the worst boss you’ve ever had? What made this boss the worst? Read Matthew 23:1-4. […]


Week 27 Mission | Transparent Discipleship

Avoidance of truth is the number one obstacle to discipling friendships. Scripture is clear, we need authentic, burden-bearing, truth-telling, iron-sharpening-iron friends. We all say we want them. We say we want accountability, someone we can be real with and who will keep it real with us. But when it comes down to it, the truth […]


Week 27 Character | Living Blamelessly

In my late twenties I became hungry for truth. Not just the world’s idea of truth, but God’s. I dug deep into Scriptures and soaked up verses that taught me about God’s loving character, Jesus’ sacrifice, and my identity in Christ. I absorbed so much biblical truth that my eyes were opened to a whole […]


Week 27 Daily Reading

MONDAY Reading for Today: Luke 7:11-17 Colossians 1:1-14 Psalm 123–124 1 Chronicles 1–2 Luke 7:11-17 Have you ever been to a graveside service at the wrong grave? It’s awkward to commit the body to the ground only to have to relocate it. Jesus did one better. The widow of Nain was on her way to […]