Jesus Worth Following
1. Summer is just around the corner! Do you have any special plans, activities or prayer requests for the next few months?
2. Looking back at this weekend’s teaching, was there a particular point, comment, or verse that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
1. Joe made the point that God is good and His purpose is always to help us, not hurt us. Still, it doesn’t always feel that way! Life throws us curve balls, and we can feel angry at God. What do the following passages teach about facing trials?
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
Can you think of some ways that hardship has produced good things in you or in someone you know? If you’re comfortable, please share.
2. When hard times come, Jesus can sympathize. He suffered too. Not only does he sympathize, but he is able to help too. What can you learn from Jesus in the following verses?
7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
1. How can you put into practice the things that you’ve learned from this week’s lesson and/or study guide?
2. Is there any comfort you can stand to gain from fixing your thoughts on Jesus?
3. Is there any help you need to ask from God with “prayer, petitions, cries, tears, and reverent submission?”