THE BIBLE PROJECT: PSALMS

THE BIBLE PROJECT: PSALMS

Our Bible study for the week of December 9th is on the book of Psalms. Below is a link to the video, along with the Bible passages we read with the discussion questions. If you want to add your comments and perhaps start on online conversation about these texts, visit our Facebook page and find the post for this Bible study.

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READINGS AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

READ PSALM 1                This is a wisdom psalm.  What wisdom does it impart to us? What is the point of the tree imagery? What is the difference between the righteous and the wicked?

READ PSALM 22:1-11      This is a psalm of lament. What does it mean for us that such feelings are expressed in scripture? What does it mean that Jesus himself quoted from this psalm from the cross? What hope is there even amidst the lamenting?

READ PSALM 137            This is an example of an imprecatory psalm, a psalm in which God is called upon to do violence to one’s enemies. What is the context for this psalm (vs. 1-3)? Without excusing or endorsing the horrific suggestion in vs. 9, what might be motivating such language?

READ PSALM 139            This is a psalm of praise. What actions and/or attributes of God are being celebrated in this psalm? Why do you think the wonder of this psalm turns into anger?

READ PSALM 148            This is an example of a messianic psalm. How does this psalm point to Jesus and the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel? (Hint: See Luke 1:68-69)

Christmas Worship Schedule

Christmas Worship Schedule

Join us for worship this Christmas! Our family Christmas Eve service featuring our Sunday school program will be held at 4pm, while our traditional services with Holy Communion will be held at 7pm and 10pm. On Christmas day we will have a service at 10:30am. All are welcome!

OHLC’S SHARING TREE

OHLC’S SHARING TREE

Our sharing tree is set up in the narthex to help our neighbors in need this Christmas season. You are invited to take a tag, purchase that item, wrap the gift and place it under the tree with the tag attached. Thanks to all who will participate in our December ministry of the month!

THE BIBLE PROJECT: EZRA-NEHEMIAH

THE BIBLE PROJECT: EZRA-NEHEMIAH

Our Bible study for the week of December 2nd is on Ezra & Nehemiah. Below is a link to the video, along with the Bible passages we read with the discussion questions. If you want to add your comments and perhaps start on online conversation about these texts, visit our Facebook page and find the post for this Bible study.

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READINGS AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 EZRA

READ 1:1-11          How are we reminded in this passage that God is the God of all nations? How are we reminded that the people of Israel have a special role to play? What would it be like for these people to return home after 50 years?

 READ 3:8-13          Why would this be a moment of such mixed emotions for the people of Israel, especially the elders?

 READ 4:1-5            What factors might be at work here in the refusal of the people of Judah to work with their fellow Jews?

READ 6:13-18         How is Judah being rebuilt both literally and figuratively?

 READ 7:8-10          What restoration project is underway now?

 READ 10:1-2          Why is intermarriage with foreigners such a big issue?

                               How is this different from the story of Ruth?

 NEHEMIAH

 READ 8:1-12          What have Ezra and Nehemiah accomplished together?

 READ 13:15-30       Would you describe Nehemiah’s ministry as successful? Why or why not? What do you think is the theological or spiritual significance of these books?

THE BIBLE PROJECT – 1&2 KINGS

THE BIBLE PROJECT – 1&2 KINGS

Our Bible study for the week of November 18th is on 1&2 Kings. Below is a link to the video, along with the Bible passages we read with the discussion questions. If you want to add your comments and perhaps start on online conversation about these texts, visit our Facebook page and find the post for this Bible study.

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1 KINGS

READ 2:1-4            What kind of king does David want his son, Solomon, to be?

                               How might David’s own past inform his words to his son?

 READ 3:1-15          Which parts of this section sound promising for Solomon’s reign as king? Which parts might be cause for concern?

 READ 9:1-9            What promises does God make regarding the temple?

                               What is even more important than the temple?

 READ 11:1-8          What factors do you think led to Solomon’s downfall?

                               Why didn’t his wisdom prevent this from happening?

 READ 11:9-13         What are the consequences of Solomon’s sin?

                               How and why is God gracious to Solomon?

 READ 18:17-29       How does Elijah demonstrate the impotence of the prophets of Baal and their god? Why is he doing this?

 READ 18:30-40       How does Elijah demonstrate the power of the LORD? What is the result?

2 KINGS

 READ 17:6-13         What was the cause of Israel’s fall? How did God try to prevent it? Why do you think the narrator mentions how Israel was delivered from slavery in Egypt?

 READ 25:8-21         What is the state of David and Solomon’s legacy as the book draws to a close?