Discussion Guide: The Story of the Bible Week 9

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Today’s Discussion

This week we continue our series The Story of the Bible. Many of us may know some Bible stories, but we may not actually know the story of the Bible. Over the next couple of months, we will be walking through the overarching story of Scripture by looking at the 9 main acts of the story: Creation, Catastrophe, Calling, Covenant, Crown, Corruption, Captivity, Christ, Cross, Church, and Consummation. Our goal is to come away with a better understanding what the Bible, and history, are really all about, and the impact that has on our lives as a people. Today we will talk about the Cross.

Discussion Questions

Have you ever lost someone who was a significant part of your life? If so, how did you feel at that moment?

Luke 24:1-4

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 

Luke 24:18-21

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. 

 

 

Why do you suppose these first followers of Jesus were so perplexed and distraught by the death of their Lord? 
Jesus knew what His death would mean to these people He loved so deeply, so why would He allow something to happen that would cause such deep pain in their hearts? 
Leader Notes

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Romans 5:18-21

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience, the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

If you were God, how would you have dealt with all the evil and sinfulness in the world?

Now, how might your definition of evil and sin differ from God’s definition?

With that in mind, would you change your answer to how you would deal with evil and sin? Why or why not?

Where do you think the evil and sinfulness in our hearts comes from?

How does what Jesus did on the cross deliver from the power and slavery of that evil and sin?

Closing Thought

Luke 22:41-42

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 

Knowing what Jesus went through in the hours following that prayer, what does that tell you about His love for you?

Luke 9:23-24

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 

What does it look like for us to take up our cross and follow Him?
 
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