The Story:
Discussing Chapter 25

by Living Springs Community Church on May 28, 2016

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 25: Jesus, the Son of God

Based on Matthew 17 and 21; Mark 8–12 and 14; Luke 9 and 22; John 7, 8, 11, and 12

  • Jesus begins ministry
  • Jesus teaches at the Mount of Olives
  • Jesus resurrects Lazarus
  • Jesus drives the money changers from the temple
  • Judas betrays Jesus

Breaking the ice

What event in this chapter in the life of Jesus would you like to have witnessed in person?

Digging in

“Who do you say that I am?” This is the question Jesus asked Peter, and this is the question He asks us today. More than anything else, the answer to this question is what distinguishes one religion from another. Jesus gave us plenty of hints to the answer. The gospels are full of His “I am” statements— “I AM the light of the world;” “I AM the bread of life;” “I AM the resurrection and the life.” The Jews He was speaking to would have recognized that each “I AM” statement echoed God’s answer to Moses’ question, generations earlier: “Who shall I say sent me?” “I AM WHO I AM.” (Exodus 3)

Reflecting

  1. Look up Exodus 3:14 and John 5:18. On page 358, why did the Jews try to stone Jesus? How might you answer the skeptic who says that Jesus never claimed to be God?
  2. Jesus claimed to be the Bread of Life, the Water of Life, and the Light of Life. With Mary, Martha, the disciples, and a crowd of mourners, He claimed to be the resurrection and the life, using another I AM statement. What is the relationship between belief and life? Between belief and resurrection?
  3. Three times Jesus predicted His death and resurrection. Each time, He continued with a lesson on discipleship. What principles of discipleship did Jesus teach, and why would He relate them to His suffering and death?
  4. Review the story of Jesus cleansing the temple (p. 364). Suppose Jesus walked into the Living Springs building on a Sunday morning—what would He be most pleased with? What corrections might He make?
  5. Throughout this chapter, at what points was Jesus’ humanity most evident to you? His divinity?

Praying

Pray for an openness to the mystery of Jesus’ humanity and divinity. Pray that this mystery will encourage faith, not diminish it.

 

For next week…

Chapter 26: The Hour of Darkness

Based on Matthew 26–27; Mark 14–15; Luke 22–23; John 13–14 and 16–19

  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Jesus washes His disciples’ feet
  • Jesus comforts his disciples
  • Jesus is arrested
  • Peter denies Jesus
  • Jesus is crucified

 

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