Discussion Guide: Jesus His Final Week Part 4


Moving Forward With Discipleship Groups

As we continue to pursue Christ together over the rest of this year, I want to encourage you to take what you have experienced over the last month and a half with your discipleship groups and let it continue on in these relationships. Continue to get together, reach out to the people in your group, and intentionally pursue one another and encourage one another towards Christ. This is how we will become the kind of multiethnic, multigenerational, Gospel-Centered community God is calling us to be.

Prayer

Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.

For the next two weeks, leading up to Easter, we are going to be looking at the last week of Jesus’ life. Where did he go? What did he say? Why did he do the things he did? Could that last week have gone any other way? And what does it all mean? After all, at the heart of our faith is not an idea, but a person, so we’re going to take a look at that person together and see how the life, death and resurrection of Jesus impacts the way we do life together.

Discussion Questions

From what you can tell, how would you describe the view and approach to power in the following cultures?

– Eastern Europe
– Asia
– Western Europe
– Middle East
– Africa
– North America
– Central/South America

What are some common denominators? Why do you think that is?

Oscar Wilde, Irish Playwright and Novelist

“Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority.”

Why do you think people in our culture are so suspicious and leery to trust or submit to those in authority?

When we look at the way Jesus lead, how He handled power, how is He a different kind of King?

How does that make you feel about submitting to His Kingship? Why?

How does that make you feel about submitting to His Kingship? Why?

If Jesus is that kind of King, what might happen if we truly surrendered every part of our lives to Him?

Luke 24:15-21

While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened

Have you ever felt like God has wronged you, betrayed you, or somehow let you down in a major way?

How did you feel towards God in that moment?

What did you want to do, or maybe actually do, in response to that? Why?

Have you ever felt let down or wronged by Jesus’ people (a.k.a. Christians)?

How do most people respond in those situations? Why?

If Jesus really is King of our lives, how should we respond in those moments?

Why does that feel so difficult to do?

Romans 1:21-25

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

When you look at scripture and God’s original design for humanity, for your life, how have we offended or disillusioned God?

How did He, our King, respond to us, the traitors?

When you think about that, how does that change your perception of, and response to, your own disillusionment with God and with other Christians?

Closing Thought

Is there any offense or disillusionment you feel towards someone currently? If so, what would you say needs to happen with that situation?



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