Meditation and memorization of scripture is an ancient discipline proven to shape our souls. As we continue to explore what it means to be the people of OneBook, let’s commit to memorize and internalize these rich passages as a collective community.
“Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5 NIV)
“Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” (Exodus 34:5-6 NIV)
“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1:14, 16-18 NIV)
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20 NIV)
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:1-11 NIV)
Week 1: Esther 1-2
Week 2: Esther 3-4
Week 3: Esther 5-6
Week 4: Esther 7-10
What stands out to you about this passage?
What surprises or shocks you?
How is God at work in this part of the story?
Who is using their leverage? How? To what end?
How does this ancient text speak into your present context?
Sign of Jonah / Week 4
-What stood out to you about today’s message? What did you take away?
-How do you relate to Jonah’s story?
-In what ways does Jonah’s story overlap with Jesus and his mission on Palm Sunday?
-How do you see the ‘Economy of the Kingdom’ displayed in your life?
-How are you preparing your heart and soul for Holy Week?
Sign of Jonah: Week 3
-What stood out to you today? What did you take away from the message?
-What was the turning point for Nineveh? Why?
-Discuss this statement from the message: “Often the greatest obstacle to revival and renewal is not an environment of hostility toward Christianity, but a culture of prideful Christianity.”
-Do you need to repent? In what way? For what attitude / action?
-Are you actively praying for your community? Your neighborhood?
-Are you actively sharing Jesus in your key relationships? What hesitation, struggle or encouragement have you experienced?
Sign of Jonah: Week 1
-What stood out to you about the message? What did you take away?
-What was the motivation behind Jonah’s running from God?
-What are you running from?
-Is there a place of disobedience in your life? Are you trying to avoid God or what He wants you to do?
-Have you experienced frustration in your plans as a result?
-What are you afraid of when it comes to obeying God?