When God gave up the glory of heaven to walk with us, in flesh, as a man, He came to live a perfect and blameless path that was fraught with temptation, difficulty and pain. He felt every emotion we have ever felt. He felt the difficulty of obedience and how it calls us out of what we know to be comfortable. In the garden of Gethsemane, the bible tells us that he was “in agony” to the point of sweating blood. Jesus prayed to God to deliver Him from the fate of the cross, yet ultimately, he obeyed. In His perfection through obedience, He was made the source of eternal salvation for us all.
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
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 [ Hebrews 5:7-10 ] 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)
7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
+ According to verse 7, how did Jesus present His prayers?
+ Why was Jesus heard in verse 7?
+ Though He is the Son of God, as mentioned in verse 8, Jesus still had a lesson to learn. What was it? How did He learn it?
+ What was the result of His obedience?
+ Due to His obedience, perfection and suffering, what title did Jesus earn?
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? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ Am I following Christ’s example of passion and “reverent submission” when I present my requests to the Father?
+ Am I called out of comfort to pursue the plans that God has for me?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)