The Greatest Rescue Mission of All Time

Sermon Based Group Homework

For the message on April 14, 2019
Passage: Luke 19:28-42

QUICK REVIEW

This Sunday, Mike helped us see that Jesus entered Jerusalem during passion week on the greatest rescue mission of all time.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Growing up, did you or your family ever rescue a lost pet or animal? If so, why did you and/or your family go out of your way to do this?

Why do you think God sent Jesus on a rescue mission for you?

LET’S GO DEEPER

1. We read this weekend about how Jesus wept over the city of
Jerusalem because the people “just didn’t get it” about who He was and why He came. What do we learn about Jesus’ attitude about people who “don’t get it” in Matthew 9:35-38?

Matthew 9:35-38 (ESV)
35  And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38  therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

  • What do you think Jesus’ attitude toward sin is? What is His attitude toward sinners? Are they similar or different?
  • How does your attitude toward sin and sinners compare to Jesus’ attitude?
  • According to Jesus, what is God’s plan for rescuing those who don’t know Him and are still in their sin?

2. Jesus was heartbroken over the fact they the people didn’t understand how to find peace with God? What are some common ways that people try to find peace (get on good terms) with God? What do the following verses tell us about some of these ways?

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)
21  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

John 1:12-13 (ESV)
12  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
8  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

  • How do Romans 5:1 and Colossians 1:19-20 set the record straight on how sinful people find peace with a Holy God?

Romans 5:1 (ESV)
1  Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV)
19  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

3. Can you remember the time when Jesus rescued you? What changed that made you want Christ at that moment but not before then?

4. In John 6:44, Jesus said that no one will come on their own to the Father without Him enabling their desire for Him. Does that fact that lost people can’t come to know Christ without the enabling work of the Spirit an encouragement to you in your witnessing to the lost?

  • Who do you want this group to specifically pray would come to desire Jesus and place their faith in Him?

TAKE IT HOME

1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?

2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?

Prayer Requests:

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