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Bible Discussion Guides - Easter 2021

Sacrifice

Discussion Guide

April 4, 2021

(For the detailed commentary on this week's reading, click on the "Full Commentary" button) Discussion Questions If you were one of those Jews who had seen Israel’s decline, what would it mean to you to hear Isaiah’s message in chapter 51? What does it mean to you today? The Lord said to Israel, “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money,” (Isaiah 52:3). How does this apply to them, and to us? When you consider the way Isaiah 53 described Jesus, how are you moved to respond? Read John 1:14. How would you explain this truth to someone else? Think about how Jesus set an example for his disciples by washing their feet. How can you personally follow his example in your own life? As he died, Jesus said, “It is finished.” Why do you think that can sometimes be hard to accept … that Jesus completed what was necessary to secure our salvation? Jesus told his disciples that just as he was sent by the Father, so he was also sending them. How are we to live out this mission of being “sent”?

Discussion Guide

March 28, 2021

(For the detailed commentary on this week's reading, click on the "Full Commentary" button) Discussion Questions 1. How has spending time reading these chapters of Leviticus helped your understanding of the Old Testament sacrificial system instituted by God? What questions do you still have? 2. What does it mean to you to learn that sacrifices were to be made for sins that were committed unintentionally? 3. Attempt to picture yourself as an Israelite living in the Old Testament period. What would it be like to have to offer an animal sacrifice for your sin? Would this change your view of sin? If so, how? 4. What do you think is the significance of making restitution for property and adding 20 percent when a person committed a breach of faith regarding holy things or against another person? 5. Think about the Day of Atonement as outlined in this week’s reading. What would be your mindset if you had the opportunity to experience this annual ceremony? 6. How does this week’s reading help your understanding and appreciation for the concept of atonement, and for the sacrifice of Jesus as he died in our place?

Discussion Guide

March 21, 2021

(For the detailed commentary on this week's reading, click on the "Full Commentary" button) Discussion Questions 1. God worked to deliver Israel from being enslaved by the Egyptians. What is your reaction to the final – and very violent – plague that caused the death of the firstborn Egyptian males? 2. Consider how God established the Passover. Place yourself into the Jewish culture. What would this mean to you each time you observed it? 3. As we move towards Holy Week, what parallels do you see between the Passover and the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross? 4. Imagine hearing that after a life of slavery, you were now being immediately released and urged to leave quickly. How would you feel? How does this connect to our standing as being set free from bondage to sin? 5. In Exodus 14:10-14, we read about how God’s people responded to the threat of the approaching Egyptian army. How does their reaction speak to your heart? How does Moses’ message challenge and encourage you? 6. How do you relate to the song of praise in Exodus 15? How does this song speak to your heart about who God is and why we should give Him praise?