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“The Greatness of the Gift” – audio sermon and study guide

26 Mar

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe 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

Getting Started

–  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?

Digging Deeper

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?

Extras

Here are two quick interpretations of the question at hand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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