Five Practices from the Cross

Posted Apr 13, 2019

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This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point).


From Tuesday's Reading: Luke 23:33-34, 47

Jesus had taught the kind of behavior he showed (cf. Luke 6:27-28). But we all know what a gap can sometimes exist between words and actions. In later reflection, the letter to the Hebrews suggested that even Jesus had to learn and grow (cf. Hebrews 5:7-8). If Jesus in his humanity needed to grow, clearly all of us do, too. What steps toward growth has this Lenten season inspired you to take?

From Wednesday's Reading: John 19:25-27

We often tell one another that we’ll “be there” for each other. What price did Mary have to pay in order to “be there” as her son was crucified? How was Jesus “there” for Mary, despite the suffering he was going through? How confident are you that Jesus will be there for you when you face difficult times?

From Thursday's Reading: Matthew 27:45-46, Galatians 1:3-4

Isaiah 59:2 described our human reality: “Your misdeeds have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden his face from you.” But 2 Corinthians 5:21 said that on the cross “God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake.” How would bearing our sins, not his own, make Jesus feel God-forsaken? How can you live out your gratitude to Jesus for giving himself to reconnect you with God?

From Friday's Reading: Luke 23:39-43

Luke didn’t say if the two criminals had known of Jesus, or how they decided how to act toward him. But one asked, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (which trusted that Jesus would come into his kingdom). What is the process by which you have moved (or are moving) to trust Jesus as king of the universe and of your life?

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