What one question about Jesus would you like answered?
What characteristics of Jesus, as Messiah, do you see in the gospels as they tell the story of Jesus’ life and ministry?
In N.T. Wright’s book Simply Christian, and in Pastor Heidi’s sermons, it is mentioned that as human beings we have longings for justice, spirituality, and relationships and beauty. As you think about stories in the gospels about Jesus and reflect on Jesus’ teachings, where do you see these themes playing out?
What does this tell you about being a follower of Jesus Christ?
How does the story of Jesus continue the Old Testament theme of going away and coming back, of exile and restoration?
Why was Jesus willing to go to His death? What did he think it would accomplish?
How can thinking of evil as having been defeated by the cross change the way we respond to evil in our world?
N.T. Wright says “The death of Jesus of Nazareth as the King of the Jews, the bearer of Israel’s destiny, the fulfillment of God’s promises to His people of old, is either the most stupid, senseless waste of misunderstanding the world has ever seen, or it is the fulcrum around which world history turns. Christianity is based on the belief that it was and is the latter.” Do you believe this? How would you respond to someone who believed that Jesus’ death on the cross was a “stupid, senseless waste….”?
Why does the resurrection Jesus matter? What difference does it make in your life of faith? What do you believe happens after death?
Most Christian theologians have maintained that Jesus was both human and divine, but for many, Jesus veers to one side or the other. Is this true in your own thinking? Why?
What does it mean to be “Christ-like” ? What work needs to be done in your life or what work are you doing to move yourself in that direction?
Lord of such amazing surprises, as put a catch in our breath and wings in our hearts; we praise You for this joy, too great for words. For this world unleashed in us, and us in it, with no dead ends to growing; for this resurrection wonder, which is wiser than we are and in which we see how great You are, how full of grace, Alleluia!