GOD Is – Part 6 – “Rescuer”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, April 5, 2020
God is the Rescuer. What does this mean for us?
Life Group Study Guide – From April 5, 2020
God is: Rescuer
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1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. Read Matthew 21:8-9. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the crowds waved palm branches, spread their coats on the dirt path for his donkey to walk over, and shouted “Hosanna!”, a word of praise that basically means, “Rescue us!”. Within days, these same people would be calling for Jesus’ death when they realized Jesus was not offering the kind of rescue they were looking for.
What kind of rescue are people looking for today? How does it line up with the rescue Jesus came to offer?
3. Read Colossians 1:12-14. Jesus came to rescue us from at least three things:
- Guilt – being accountable and deserving of punishment for our crimes
- Degeneration – ongoing personal deterioration and decay
- Separation – estrangement and isolation from God, others and self
Do you find that any of these are more obvious to people today? Are any harder to accept? Why?
4. Jesus came to rescue us for at least three things:
- Freedom – owing nothing, enjoying rich and satisfying life
- Wholeness – healthy and whole in body and mind
- Relationship – rich and satisfying relations with God, others and self
While we don’t receive these in complete form when Jesus rescues us, he opens the doors and begins the transformation, promising to complete it one day (Philippians 1:6). Where are people today looking to find these things? How can we help people consider Jesus as the true source of what they need most?
5. Read Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9 and Galatians 5:22-23. Jesus rescues us by taking our place and enduring our punishment, giving us his perfect standing before God, and beginning the process of transformation of our nature and our character.
How do these things affect you?
6. There are three steps to taking full advantage of Jesus’ rescue – accept it, live it out, and share it with others. Which do you find the hardest? Why?
‘We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20). How can you/we become more intentional about helping people see the need and opportunity for rescue in Christ?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?