Foster on July 31, orig. Jesus is Savior, Teacher, Lord, Friend.
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce participants to the concept that Jesus is God in the flesh and that His life, death, and resurrection are actually significant for their lives. Ideally they will walk away from the lesson understanding that Jesus claimed to be God and that the Bible backs up His claims.
In addition they will begin to think about the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection. In the final two weeks of the study we will probe the crucifixion and resurrection in more detail, so do not feel the need to answer every question on these topics this week.
Opening Dialogue Allow roughly 5 minutes Discussion Prompt 1: What kind of person do you think Jesus was? Have you read or heard anything that influences your opinion?
You are looking here for general impressions, e. Even if somebody has strong negative feelings about Jesus, at this point simply ask them why and keep the discussion moving…avoid a major argument. At the end of the discussion you can clarify the biblical perspective.
Make a point of asking people to support their opinions as well. If somebody says that Jesus seems weak or unkind or angry or anything negative, ask them to clarify what they mean and from where they get that opinion. What does the media say about Jesus?
How does your family feel about Him? What do most of your friends think? What attracts you to Jesus? What repels you or scares you away from Him? We have found that most people have generally positive impressions of Jesus, even if they have never read the Bible.
However, most people do not necessarily believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, so the next several questions are intended to address that issue.
His Claims Allow roughly 5 minutes for each prompt Discussion Prompt 1: Read the following passages with your groups and begin a discussion about their significance: This passage should make it clear that Jesus actually did claim to be equal to God. Jesus validates His authority to forgive sins by actually healing the paralytic.
Your objective with this question is not primarily to tell them the right answer, but to lead them there. If people wish to debate the reliability of the passages at hand, simply refer them to the lesson on the reliability of the Bible from last week and remind them that from this point on we are operating under the assumption that the Bible is basically true.
If they still disagree, talk with them after the discussion about it; do not let this issue prevent the forward progress of the discussion at this point.
Ideally, participants will agree that Jesus made some very bold claims of equality with God. You might want to follow up and probe them about the significance of these claims.
If Jesus claimed to be God and is not, what are the implications? How would that affect your opinion of Him? Why or why not? This will give you a good idea of where your group members are spiritually at this point.
Your goal is to determine the reasons why they may disagree and help them approach solutions. We have found that non-Christian participants may be reluctant at this point to share disagreement with Jesus claims. Gently encourage them to speak us.
If they disagree, ask them why and ask them to support their opinion somehow. Depending upon the particular objections they have, you might want to provide some supplemental material about the deity of Christ, such as C. His Death Allow roughly 5 minutes for this prompt Discussion Prompt: Why is it significant?
Why do people wear crosses around? Why do people celebrate Good Friday? The purpose here is to simply get them wondering why such a good person died.
Why was he killed? Did his death accomplish anything?Jesus alone was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit. The sin nature is genetically inherited from the male.
He had no human father and therefore was born without a sin nature (Isaiah ; Matthew ; Luke ). How is Jesus Christ unique? How is Jesus different from all the other supposed saviors in the world?
4 The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ among the Major World Religions Table of Contents The Place of Comparison, Truth, and Evidence in Religion, page 6. Topics on Uniqueness.
God, Uniqueness Of Isaiah "I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God I will gird you, though you have not known Me; The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
the uniqueness of jesus Jesus’ claim to be God, and his resurrection from the dead, set him apart from any other religious leader in history. Featuring Craig Hazen, Greg Koukl, Ben Witherington, N.T. Wright, Lee Strobel and J.P.
Moreland. This argument for the uniqueness of Jesus’ filial relation to God based on his use of “Abba” should not however be overplayed. That Jesus’ relationship to God and his naming God as his.