GOD Is – Part 1 – “JESUS”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, March 1, 2020
Who is JESUS and what difference does it make?
Life Group Study Guide – From Mar 1
Scripture: John 1:1-18
God is: Jesus
Mistaken Identity: Have you ever been mistaken for someone else? Have you ever mistaken someone for somebody else? Mistaken identities can be hilarious or tragic. Share your experience or a story that you’ve heard of mistaken identity…
Or, if you prefer, share who you would love to be mistaken for, and who you would hate to be mistaken for…
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. Think of people you know and hang out with, what do they think about who Jesus is? How does this influence you?
3. Read John 1:1-18. This theologically rich text claims that Jesus is God, creator of the universe, giver of life, the source of light (goodness, insight, truth), and that he was God in human form. How well do you understand these claims? How easy of hard is it for you to accept them? Why?
4. What difference do these claims make for your personally in your everyday life?
5. How would you help an atheist friend see the value of considering the truthfulness of these claims?
6. Read John 1:12-18 again along with Mark 10:42-45. In these texts, we find a simple summary of what Jesus came to do for us – ransom us, rescue us, adopt us into God’s family and give us a hope and future. How relevant do you see this to be for yourself, as well as for other people in our city?
7. Read Romans 3:21-26. In this text, the apostle Paul explained to the believers in Rome why Jesus’ identity and ministry matter – in love, Jesus suffered our punishment so that justice could be upheld, and we could be made right with God. Talk about what these verses mean to you personally.
8. What could we do as a group or as a church to help you grow stronger in your faith in Christ, find reasons to believe, and help others consider the reasonableness of faith in Christ? [Group leaders, please pass on any suggestions to Rob, to pass on to Greg 🙂 ]
Peter wrote, ‘if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it’ (1 Peter 3:15). Are there steps you could take to be more ready?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?