WordServe Church Study Guide for Mar 29, 2015
- Sermon Title: “The Greatness of the Gift” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
- Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
- Sermon Scripture: Matthew 27:45-54
- Additional Study Texts: Psalm 22
– Was there any one thing that you most agreed with or disagreed with from Sunday’s message? What was it and why?
– Have you ever felt abandoned by God? How did you react?
Read Psalm 22
– This Psalm starts with tremendous anguish. Yet, in verses 3-5, the tone changes. What causes the difference? What can we learn from this for our own lives?
– Compare verses Ps 22:6-8 with Matthew 27:35-45
— What parallels do you see?
— What else do you observe?
– In Ps 22:9-10, we see another change in tone. What causes the change this time? What can we learn from this example?
– Examine verses 14-18: What elements of the crucifixion do you see in these verses? Is this significant? Why or why not?
– Examine verses 22-24: Is this kind of praise possible even in the face of suffering and death?
— Can you name some examples?
— Would it be possible for you? Why or why not?
– What other observations can you make about Psalm 22?
Taking It Home
– Do you think Jesus’ words from the cross are a coincidence with Psalm 22? Why or why not?
– What comfort and/or hope do you find in Psalm 22? How will you take this forward in your own life?
– What do you find most distressing in Psalm 22? How can your group help you process that?
– Looking back at the “Getting Started” question: can you see God at work during that time when you felt abandoned?
— If so, can you describe that and share with the group?
— If not, can you ask at least one other person to pray with you about the feeling of being abandoned?
- Why Did Jesus Cry, “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” by John MacArthur
- My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? by Kyle Butt, M.A.
Here are two quick interpretations of the question at hand!