The prophet Habakkuk addressed the Lord with a question that many of us have ourselves asked.  Why must your people endure trial and suffering? After wrestling with the Lord about the treatment of His people, Habakkuk concludes in Hab 3:18, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”  Some of our greatest victories come from our most serious, painful, and difficult trials. The Scripture today tells of our precious Jesus who endured this painful yet pivotal suffering and trusted He would win the most glorious of victories.  Kim

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).


DISCOVER
(IN LARGE GROUP)

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

[ John 19:16-24 ]

16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’”

_ Who are the pronouns “he,” “him,” “them,” and “they” referring to in verse 16?
_ What details does John give us about Jesus’s journey to the crucifixion and on the cross? Verses 17-18.
_ Pilate writes a specific inscription about Jesus after spending a significant portion of time with Jesus.  What did it say?  How many languages?  
_ Why might Pilate have stood by his words even under pressure? Verse 21

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” 23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” So the soldiers did these things.
_ What were the soldiers focused on during this cruel treatment of an innocent man and two others?
_ Why might the Lord have had included this detail and fulfilled prophecy about Jesus’s material things.  
_ Reflect on where you (and I) may have our focus each day.  What might we be missing?
_ The words of Psalm 22 are cited here in verse 24.  If you have a moment, read Psalm 22.
 - What parts of David’s Psalm and his specifics about the crucifixion surprise and wow you knowing it wouldn’t happen for 1,000 years?
_ Imagine you were one of Jesus’s disciples.  What are your thoughts about God’s story of redemption and His promises?  How might you be able to relate to their feelings in the midst of your trials and sufferings.  How can we continue to TRUST the VICTORY will come in the power of a risen Christ?

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)