Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 5, 2020
Passage: Luke 23:44-47
This Sunday, Mike delivered the final message in our series “Final Hours” on the final sayings of Jesus on the cross. The very last words of Jesus – “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” – remind us of four things we should remember during tough times: I have a Father in heaven who loves me, My Father can be trusted, My Father is doing things I can’t see, and He can handle anything I give Him.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is your best memory from childhood?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. At the end of six agonizing hours on the cross, Jesus still called God “Father.” In what ways do the following verses indicate that God is a loving Father to us?
Psalm 103:13 (NLT2)
13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NLT2)
11 My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. 12 For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
Romans 5:8 (ESV)
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How has God demonstrated His love to you? Why do you think your Heavenly Father doesn’t protect your from all the bad things that happen in this life?
2. After enduring a cruel cross, Jesus entrusted His spirit into His Father’s hands. What reasons does the following passage give us for putting our full trust in our Heavenly Father?
Psalm 33:4-6 (NLT2)
4 For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does. 5 He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the LORD fills the earth. 6 The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.
When do you tend to take God for granted? At what times do you tend to trust God more than other times?
3. What can we learn about God’s invisible activities from the passages below?
Philippians 2:13 (NLT2)
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Romans 8:28 (NLT2)
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 11:33-36 (AMP)
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has [ever] been His counselor? 35 Or who has first given God anything that he might be paid back or that he could claim a recompense? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).
How much confidence do you have that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf based on these passages? When has God surprised you by doing good for you in way you weren’t expecting?
4. Jesus entrusted his spirit into His Father’s hands. How strong are God’s hands according to the following passages?
John 10:28-29 (NLT2)
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (TLB)
8 I think you ought to know, dear brothers, about the hard time we went through in Asia. We were really crushed and overwhelmed, and feared we would never live through it. 9 We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for he can even raise the dead.
What do you need to put into God’s hands today that you’ve been trying to handle on your own?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?