Crucified Life Session Two

SALVATION

“Jesus, remember me when you come into
your kingdom.”
Jesus answered, “Truly I tell
you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
(Luke 23:42-43)


PRAYER:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weakness of each one of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
(From the Book of Common Prayer, pg 218)


Discuss: What does it mean to be “saved” or to experience
“salvation”?

“We can become a part of God’s story when we align our stories with His. Then we gain greater understanding of what it means to follow Him.”
– Rev. Charlie Holt

Read Luke 23: 39-43
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults
at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear
God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds
deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into
your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly
I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Discuss:

  • When you consider this part of the crucifixion story,
    which person do you identify with the most?
  • How does it strike you that Jesus, even while
    suffering on the cross, so quickly promises the criminal that they will be
    together in paradise?
  • Why do you think Jesus immediately reassures and
    welcomes him?

Watch The Crucified Life Session Two:
As you watch the video write down key thoughts, questions, or things you want to remember.

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Discuss:

  • What are some thoughts of questions you have
    based on the video?
  • Like Brooke, do you ever feel that there is something
    missing in your faith?
  • What personal wounds keep you from more fully experiencing
    God’s love?
  • How does it feel to know that you are truly
    loved and accepted by God, in spite of your wounds?
  • What is the difference between guilt and shame?
  • How is this difference personified by the two
    criminals?

GUILT: It is an appropriate response to breaking
God’s commandments. When I sin, I feel guilty because I am guilty.
Guilt is very specific, as it can be related to specific sinful acts which I
committed.

SHAME: It has to do with personhood: shame is
related to the sense of defilement, failure, embarrassment and fear associated
with sinful acts done by us or those of others done to us. Shame is feeling of
dread and condemnation. Shame makes us want to hide from God and others.

SALVATION: God’s will for our lives is our
Salvation he wants to restore a relationship with us so that we might enjoy his
presence clothing grace and boldly unashamed.


READ HEBREWS 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud
of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so
easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked
out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on
Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him
he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right
hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who
endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and
lose heart.

DISCUSS:

  • What do you think is the difference
    between “everything that hinders” and “sin that so easily
    entangles”?
  • What things make you
    feel hindered?
  • What things do you become
    easily entangled?
  • Do you ever mistake your
    personal weaknesses for sin? Explain.
  • According to this
    passage, what is the solution for when we feel guilt or shame?
  • Why does this passage
    say about Jesus sacrifice and our shame?
  • How might reflecting on Jesus willing sacrifice
    help us endure.

Read Jesus prayer for his disciples John 15: 9-13
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved
you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my
commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s
commands and remain in his love. 11 I have
told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for
one’s friends.”

DISCUSS:

  • What is your gut reaction to the idea that Jesus
    takes pleasure in knowing you?
  • What are some ways that you can remain in God’s
    love?
  • What might that love feel like?
  • Can you think of ways God has shown his love for
    you?

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