DATE: December 20, 2015
UNIT TITLE: Priceless: Finding Your Value in God
SESSION 3: Saved By God’s Son
The Point: Jesus came to earth to rescue us.
Leader Extra: Get Into the Study
Use the following story as an optional introduction to this session. If possible, show the news footage video (1:48 in length) that can be accessed via the link below.
On Friday, November 27, 2015, a young family were trapped in a river waiting to be rescued. The following news article tells the harrowing story.
“Recordings of a mother desperately calling 911 for help as her family is stuck in an Oklahoma river during a storm have been released. The 911 calls came on Friday November 27th when Britta Franck, her three small sons and her elderly grandmother were all stuck in a river. All were eventually rescued and treated and released.
‘We’re in the water, the car is under the water. We need help!’ Franck can be heard screaming on the 911 call.
It is unclear how their car got into the river, but the heavy rains and storms that hit the region that day are believed to have contributed to the water’s speed. She is heard telling the dispatcher that they were on their way home to Kansas from her sister’s home in Grove, Oklahoma. Franck sounds frantic in her first call, and she made a second call to the dispatcher, pleading with her to ‘please stay on the phone, it’s scary!’
‘I’ve got two of them in my arms and my other son is sitting on this tree,’ she is heard saying.
Later in the recording, one of the boys can be heard asking his mother to ‘please get off the phone.’
Another can be heard trying to comfort her, repeating: ‘Mom, I love you, mommy.’
At the end of the call, Franck can be heard directing emergency responders and ending the call.” 1
- Is there anyone more desperate to save a child than a parent? Is there anyone more qualified?
- Why was the mom unable to complete the rescue of all her children and grandmother successfully?
- How do you think the mom viewed the river prior to the accident?
- Have you ever been in a life and death rescue situation?
- Why are we sometimes numb to the reality Jesus has rescued us?
Emily Jennings wrote this Leader Extra. Emily is wife to Brian and Mommy to her three sweet boys. She loves serving at FBC Woodstock where her husband is Middle School Pastor. Find her on Twitter @emilyejennings.
Leader Extra: Live It Out
Before your group gathering, take a moment to skim the following article and watch the video. If time permits, play the video at the conclusion of your group discussion: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/564c91ede4b045bf3df1cf7a.
In a time when it seems people are always up to no good, it’s important for us all to remember that there are also so many people who are trying to help. For every tragic story, there’s another story of someone rescuing another person — a truth that can help each of us when it feels like the world is getting too dark to handle.
But the most powerful Helper of all is One who not only tries to rescue us from situations here on earth, but who has rescued us from our sin and condemnation. Jesus is the ultimate Hero for us to reach toward. His rescue is the reason we can face our days with hope.
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 are some “basic questions” you’ve pondered or heard?
What comes to mind when you hear the word rescue?
If you could be rescued from one situation in your life right now, what would it be and why?
What role does light play in your everyday life?
Why does John emphasize that Jesus is the creator of all life?
How are light and life good descriptors of who Jesus is and what He does?
Why is Christ’s eternal existence within the Trinity so vital to our faith?
How did the Light of Jesus help you to see clearly your need to be adopted into His family?
Why do some wish to remain neutral when choosing to accept or reject God’s Living Word?
How does the knowledge that we are chosen children of God give us hope?
What is “glory?”
How does Christ’s incarnation benefit us today?
Why is the fact of Christ’s virgin birth important?
What makes it tough for you to balance grace and truth?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional: