Title: One Great Savior
The Point: God offers us hope and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Get Into the Study
Use the following as an optional introduction to this session.
As you group gathers ask them to share the latest movie they saw and what the conflict was in the plot.
Not long ago the movie Petes Dragon was released. The premise is a young boy who lives in the woods alone – or so people believe. However, Elliot, Petes friend is a dragon who has helped raise him. The most unlikely guardian and caretaker has stepped into care for an orphan but he is a dragon. Elliot has saved Pete from things he doesn’t even know about and helped him survive an experience he couldn’t have on his own.
As you transition into the passage help connect the concepts of an unlikely Savior in an unlikely place.
Unfamiliar with the movie? Get more info on the plot line by checking out scene clips and the movie trailer in advance by going here: https://youtu.be/Fm3v2jxxs5Q
—Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth loves young adults, baking, and coffee.
Study the Bible
Use the following illustration to supplement your group’s discussion of Question #4: “What are we offered in a relationship with Christ?”
What comes to mind when you think about words like “happiness,” “joy,” and “peace”?
For most of the world, these feelings are elusive. In fact, happiness is so hard to pin down that Harvard University has its own center devoted to researching what creates happiness in human beings. A family from Hong Kong recently donated $21 million dollars to fund the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. There, the brightest of the bright are searching for what creates happiness in people — what factors bring joy in the life of an individual.
Disciples of Jesus already know the answer to those questions. Even though we face struggles, we know as Christians that we’ve been saved by the grace of Christ. We know we have the peace and joy of Jesus.
Yet it’s easy for us to forget. We often live in fear that we’ve messed up too horribly — that we aren’t in God’s good graces, or that we need to earn back his love. How wonderful it is to be reminded through Scripture that we are reconciled with Christ, and that it’s by his power alone that we are saved! How comforting to remember that God offers us hope and forgiveness through Christ. May we lean into these truths each day.
— Ashley Emmert wrote this Leader Extra. She is a freelance writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her sweet Southern husband and their small scrappy dogs. Find her at ashleygraceemmert.com or on Twitter @ashgemmert.
- What emotions do you experience when you get lost?
- When have you had reason to panic?
- When have you been in what seemed a hopeless situation?
- When have you received something you didn’t earn?
- Have you ever been “let off the hook?” What happened? How did it make you feel to know you wouldn’t be held responsible?
- Have you ever taken the fall for someone else? What happened? What was your relationship with them like afterward?
- When have you ever felt helpless?
- How are we “helpless”?
- Who are the “ungodly”?
- According to these verses, why is it so amazing that Christ died for us?
- What is the proof of God’s love for us?
- In what ways has God rescued you?
- If we are so sinful, how can we be “declared righteous”?
- What does it mean to be “justified by His blood”?
- What circumstances may cause a person to think God is angry with them?
- What does it mean to be “reconciled”?
- What does it mean to “be reconciled” to someone?
- There are lots of benefits to being reconciled with God. What are some you have experienced personally?
- How does your heart respond when you think about all Christ has done to rescue and reconcile you?
- What are we saved to do?
- Who did the work of salvation? What did Jesus do? What do we do?
- Why is peace with God so crucial for our lives?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional: