CRUCIFIED LIFE SESSION FOUR

DISTRESS

After this, Jesus, knowing that all
was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), 
“I thirst.” A jar full
of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a
hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. (John 19:28-29, ESV)

Opening Questions:

  • What is your favorite beverage?
  • Does it quench your thirst?
  • What would happen if you could never have it
    again?

Prayer:
Almighty God, As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the
living God. Everyone who drinks regular water will be
thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water
you give them will never thirst and  will
become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Father, give us this water so that we will be satisfied in you. Amen (adapted
from Psalm 41 & John 4)

Discuss: THIRST

  • Think of a time you were thirsty (physically, spiritually,
    or emotionally), how was your thirst quenched?
  • What do you most thirst for?
  • How have your thirsts grown or matured as you
    have grown in your faith?
  • What habits or desires have you seen Christ
    transform in your life or in the lives of those you love?

Read John 7: 37-39
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers
of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By
this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to
receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had
not yet been glorified.

Discuss: LIVING WATER

  • What types of water, in nature, would you
    describe as living water?
  • When have you seen living water in a natural environment?
    What did it look like, sound like, feel like, taste like?
  • What does it mean Jesus offers living water?
  • What might it mean when Jesus says rivers of living water will flow from within them?

Watch Session Four: Distress (https://vimeo.com/307258206/97632332c1)
As you watch the video write down key thoughts, questions, or things you want to remember.

Discuss: What are some thoughts of questions you
have based on the video?

“God wants you to be a part of His kingdom – to weave
your story into his. That will mean change – to go His way rather that your own.
This won’t happen overnight but it should happen steadily. By starting small,
simple choices, we begin to change our direction. The Holy Spirit helps us along
the way – giving us gifts to serve the body, offering us insights into scripture,
and challenging us to love not only those around us but those far from God.” –
Rev. Charlie Holt

Discuss:

  • In the video Rev. Holt shared a “drink offering”
    and a “free will offering.” What is this? How is this type of offering often
    expressed during Lent?
  • How had Lenten fasting helped you in your
    spiritual life?
  • What are some ways that you can offer yourself
    as a drink offering to God and others?
  • In what ways would like to “spill over” with Christ’s
    living water?
  • What are some of the ways that you (individually
    or as a group) share Jesus’ living water?

Read Matthew 25:35-36, 40

For I was hungry and you gave me
something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes
and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in
prison and you came to visit me…‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of
the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Discuss:

  • What needs were expressed
    in this passage?
  • What does Jesus mean when
    he says whatever you did for one of the least you did for me?
  • How can we care for the least
    this week?

Close in prayer.

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lesson.

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