The Shema Small Group Study


Sunday- 10 AM | mESSY cHURCH- fRIDAY @ 5:30 PM

One-Week Small Group Study- The Shema

We are working our way through a study on the ancient prayer from Deuteronomy 6, the Shema. Please watch the two videos below. After viewing the videos it is the hope that you will share your reflections, your questions, and your insights in the form at the bottom of the page.

In case you forgot, the Shema comes from Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is One, and as for you, you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your strength.”

The final word we are studying from the Shema is “strength.”

1. “Me-od” has been translated as power, wealth, strength, muchness, and very (just to name a few). Which definition resonates with you when reading/praying the Shema?

2. What is one tangible way you can challenge yourself to grow “me-od” closer to God this Lenten season?

3. What is one new thing you learned through this experience?

Here are the questions for day 5 of our study on the Shema prayer. Today we are learning about the word “soul” as it appears in the Shema. Please also take a look at the video from The Bible Project. Today we will be referencing Psalm 42:1-2

“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God...”

1. How does our modern understanding of the soul differ from that of the ancient Hebrews?
2. What does it mean to you for your soul to “thirst for God?”
3. (Optional to share) In this season of Lent, how might God be leading you to “flowing streams” to nourish your soul?

Romans 2:29: "Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart- it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God.”

1. In the Hebrew understanding of the heart, what does the heart actually control?

2. What does it mean to you to love God with your whole heart?

3. For you, how does this connect to Romans 2:29 and circumcision of the heart?

Deuteronomy 10:12-13: What does the Lord your God ask of you except to FEAR the lord your God, to WALK in his ways, to love and to SERVE him...and to KEEP his commands.

  1. The Bible Project video uses Deut. 10:12-13 as examples of ways we can show Ahavah (love); choose on of the four ways to reflect on. What does it mean to you to love God by: 1) FEAR the Lord, 2) WALK in his ways, 3) SERVE God, 4) KEEP God's commands?

  2. Why do you think loving God and loving neighbor are so intertwined?

  3. What name(s) do you like to use for God?
  4. Are there any names for God that you feel uncomfortable using?
  5. The Bible Project video shows how the name(s) for God evolved over time. Reflect on how your understanding of has evolved in your life; how would you have answered questions 1 and 2 at different times in your life?