“The Gift of Validation” – audio sermon and study guide

03 Apr

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for April 6, 2014

  • Sermon Title: “The Gift of Validation” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
  • Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
  • Sermon Scripture: John 19: 31-37
  • Additional Study Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Getting Started

– Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

– Summarize in your own words: why did Jesus have to die?

Digging Deeper

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

– Paul says God has made the wisdom of the world look foolish. Do you agree or disagree?  Why?

– Why do you think God needed a plan to make the wisdom of the world look foolish?  Is this still true today?

– Paul says (v 18), “The message of the cross is foolishness to those headed for destruction.”  What does that mean?

– What are the ramifications of verse 18 (i.e., how should we conduct ourselves when we encounter non-believers)?

– If you were charged to come up with a plan to “destroy the wisdom of the wise,” how would you do it?

– What role (if any) did the cross play in destroying the “wisdom of the wise?”

– Do you agree or disagree with verse 25?  Why?

– How does your stance on verse 25 affect your daily life?  How might you tell others about that impact?

Living the Story

Between now and Easter, WordServe will use “response prompts” each week to help you reflect, journal, and pray about how the message of the “Love So Amazing” sermon series intersects with your life. After spending a few minutes in reflection/journaling on one or all of these prompts, write a prayer in the prayer box and come pray it at the altar.

Reflect on Jesus’ death. Ask God to show you the emotions, feelings, and thoughts you have in your heart (good, bad, or ugly—ask God for honesty) regarding Jesus’ death. Before God, decide by faith if you believe that Jesus physically died.

Given that Jesus didn’t have to die to prove who he was or become “more God,” reflect on the lengths that Jesus would go to in order to display and confirm his love for you, his desire for you, and his hope for you to believe and allow his transforming work in your life. Invite God to confirm his love in your life.

Prayerfully ask God what your response to his immense efforts to pursue you and validate his truth should be. Based on what he has done, what does God want you to do? Ask God to point you to steps you can take that will then allow him to do the work of growth and life-giving that only he can do.


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