Have you ever said “You don’t know what I’ve been through”. While this may be true for many, Jesus does know what we have been through. Jesus is the Son of God and yet He came and lived a humble life. A life many can relate to and many try to emulate. Christ is our High Priest. However He does not lord His stature over us. Jesus sympathizes with us because He lived among us. Unlike us Jesus was victorious over sin. Because of this we should see Jesus as approachable. Jesus provides mercy (not getting what we deserve) and then gives us grace (getting what we don’t deserve). This should be comforting when we struggle. When life gets hard and things seem bleak or we feel the temptation to hide we should draw near to Christ. Jesus knows what we have been through because He went through it too.
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 4:14-16 ] 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)
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
+ Who is our high priest and what has he done in vs. 14?
+ What does vs. 14 tell us we should do?
+ What is our high priest able to do in vs 15?
+ Why is He able to do this?
+ What should we do in vs. 16?
+ What do we find and receive in vs. 16?
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)
+ Can you think of how Jesus might sympathize with your life?
+ When you think about why you need Christ and the fact that He knows your faults does this make you want to “confidently” approach His throne or does it make you want to hide or try to clean up first?
+ 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)