6th Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2020
Lections:  Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21

Discussion Questions

Acts 17:22-31

Read Acts 17:15-21, to establish the context for this lection. From the comment in verse 21, how would you describe the Athenians? 

Making use of what he had observed in Athens, Paul uses his time before the council to share with the Athenians about Jesus' resurrection.   How could we communicate the message of the Gospel making use of the pandemic that we are now experiencing?

Psalm 66:8-20

The psalmist gives praise to God for God hearing and answering his prayer.  What are your prayer habits and where did you learn them? 

1 Peter 3:13-22

What phrase(s) in this passage best capture its overall meaning? What statements are made in the passage about Christ’s saving activity? How does Peter describe the goal of Christ’s suffering for us?

Verse 15 states, "Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life.  Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope."  We honor Christ as Lord of our lives and  we articulate our faith which informs our hope and empowers our love for God, each other,  others, and creation. What is your hope?  How do you defend your hope?

John 14:15-21

This lection continues the Gospel reading from last week. In this Farewell Discourse (chapters 14-17), Jesus prepares his disciples (and us) for the  time he would not be with  them.  How are the disciples (and us)  able to continue life without Jesus' physical presence?