Uprising - Part 2

September 15 - Group Study Guide

Ice breaker: What’s the craziest form of “evangelism” you’ve ever seen or heard of? What is the most powerful (effective) form of evangelism you’ve seen?

1.     What was the method of the early church?  See John 12: 32
a.     Why should the method of the early church still be our method today?

2.     The cross satisfies our need for more.  Discuss.
a.     We live in a world that always wants a little more.  Explain.
b.     Why do you think we are we never satisfied?  Discuss in light of this quote from C.S. Lewis: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

3.     The cross shatters misconceptions.  Discuss.
a.     Does God want something FROM us or something FOR us? Can you think of any examples of how that truth has played out in your life?

4.     The cross is the cure. Discuss.
a.     How did Jesus cure our sin on the cross?
        i.     How did He take our punishment? (See Romans 6:23)
        ii.     How did He pay our ransom?  See John 19:30 (remember the words “It is finished” is the Greek word “Tetelestai”)

Literally translated the word tetelestai means, “It is finished.” The word occurs in John 19:28 and 19:30 and these are the only two places in the New Testament where it occurs. In 19:28 it is translated, “After this, when Jesus knew that all things were now completed, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, he said, ‘I thirst.’” Two verses later, he utters the word himself: “Then when he received the sour wine Jesus said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

The word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show that a bill had been paid in full. The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:

“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner...” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.

5.     The cross frees me from the need to measure up. Discuss.
a.     If you were late for small group tonight and said, “you know, the reason I’m late is because I got run over by a truck on the way here”, would that ring true?  Why or why not?
b.     Read Romans 8:11.  Is a grumpy, stagnant Christian who is the same year after year possible? Why or why not?
c.     When did you meet Jesus at the cross?  Tell your story.
d.     If you haven’t yet, is tonight the night?