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Toolbox for Sunday, March 13, 2016

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Title and Topic 

Lent: The Disciple Lives a Life of Temptation and Needs the Disciplines of Confession

Transformation and Witness

Confession through the Holy Spirit serves as one of the great defeaters of temptation and transformers for the Disciple.

Today’s takeaways: The Disciple will know the difference between private and public confession. They will also be given a chance to practice both, specifically during Holy Week. As fruit of this day, having our disciples sign up for reconciliation of a penitent appointments on Holy Saturday.

The constant takeaway is this: People would know that Discipleship is learning to love, look and live more like Jesus.

 

Scripture

1. Psalm 51                           The great confession of David
2. 1 John 1:8-1, John 2:2      The assuring words
3. Luke 15:11-32                   Parable of the Prodigal Son

Teaching Questions/Ideas

Up in Worship
Based on David’s confession in Psalm 51, what is the true nature of sin (1-6)?
What does David ask God to do for him (7- 14)?
How will you praise God with David for His restoration in your life (15)?
Into Community
1. Think of a time someone extended grace to you when they could have blamed or shamed you. Instead you were given love and understanding. What impact did that experience with grace have on your life?
Read Luke 15:11-32
In Luke 15, Jesus tells three parables about things that are lost and found in response to the grumbling of the Pharisees and teachers of the law (1-2). Consider what the third story of a father and his two sons is meant to teach them.
2. What does the younger son ask for, and how does he ask (11-12)?
3. What does the younger son do with his inheritance that shows his sin nature (13-16)?
4. Use the younger son’s circumstances and actions to describe the process of how God brings people to repentance (17-21)? What actions show that the son is truly penitent?
5. How does the father respond to the son’s return and what does his response teach you about the character of God? (20, 22-24)
6. How does the older brother respond to his brother’s underserved welcome (25-30)?
7. Who do you relate to, the younger or older brother? Why?
8. As you consider his listeners, what do you think Jesus is trying to teach about his salvation with this story?
9. How does the grace of the Father encourage you to repent? What do you need to do to be restored in your relationship? (See I John 1:8-2:2).
Out in Mission
Based on the truths you have learned, what should a Christian’s response be to those around us in bondage to sin? How can you be a witness to the kind of salvation Christ offers at home, work, church, and your community?

 

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