Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 21, 2019
This Sunday, Mike showed us that Jesus is God’s rescue plan for us!
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Growing up, did your family have a fire escape plan if there was ever a fire at your house? If so, do you remember it?
Why fictional superhero would you want to be rescued by?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Some people are confused about how they can escape God’s judgment and be rescued to heaven one day. What message do these verses make about our rescue?
Romans 6:23 (ESV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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.
John 14:6 (ESV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 3:1-7 (ESV)
1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
- Why is the message of the cross such good news for sinners like you and me?
- Who brought the message of Jesus’ rescue to you?
2. The earthly beginning of God’s rescue story of the world began in a stable in a small town called Bethlehem. There, Jesus, God’s Son entered our world as a baby to rescue us. What does Philippians 2:7-8 in the Message paraphrase tell us about Jesus’ life before Easter?
Philippians 2:7-8 (MSG)
7 When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! 8 Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.
Hebrews 4:15 (ESV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Luke 2:40, 52 (ESV)
40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
Luke 23:46 (ESV)
46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
- How does the fact of Jesus’ incarnation encourage you when you go through struggles?
3. On the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin by bearing the brunt of God’s wrath for our sin. What do the following passages tell us about the significance of the cross?
2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Colossians 2:14 (ESV)
14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
1 John 2:2 (NLT2)
2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
- On the cross, Jesus uttered the words, “It is finished.” These words meant that our sin debt was paid in full. It was fully satisfied. Do you ever doubt that Jesus’ death on the cross was enough? Why or why not?
4. How does the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday give you hope for the future?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?