Summary: Last week we looked at Christ’s submission to God’s will even unto death. This week we look at Christ’s reliance on God for His resurrection, and how through this process He perfectly demonstrated what our faith should look like. When we learn to depend on God we also can experience victory over sin and victory over death.
Break the Ice
- What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Bring the Word
Read Matthew 16:13-21
- Why must Christ be resurrected?
- Can someone that is dead do anything?
- What does t mean if we are considered dead in our sin? (Eph 2:1; Col 2:13)
Read Hebrews 11:12:1-3
- What does it mean to be the pioneer/author/founder of something?
- How does Christ’s death and resurrection set the precedent of what our faith should look like?
- What does it mean to be the perfecter of something?
- How does Christ’s death and resurrection bring faith to completion?(Hebrews 11:13)
- What was the joy set before Christ?
Bring it Home
Read Romans 6:1-14
- What are the 2 types of death we encounter as believers?
- How does the resurrection of Jesus give us hope over our physical death?
- What does it mean to be dead to sin?
- Do we stop sinning when we become believers?
- How does that teach us reliance on God?
- How is our reliance on God to overcome sin pictured by Christ’s resurrection?
- Should that reliance on God stop after we become believers?
- How can we pray for you?
Begin a Discipline
Prayer: Psalm 25:4-10
Reading: Romans 6:13-14, Psalm 25
Reflection: Romans 6:13-14-Think of yourself as an instrument or a tool. What do you need to be useful? What do you need to stay useful? Were you used today? Was it for righteousness or wickedness? Reflect on God’s response to your prayers.
Journaling: Journal what you learned from Scripture about God, Jesus, and yourself.