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Taking the Next Step – With the Passion Story

This Sunday we talked about the Passion Story – the story of Jesus’ last days and hours before his crucifixion.

Read John 15:13 again. Who are the people in your life who you would die for? Why did you name these people?

Now, take same time and read the Passion story. I told the story mostly using Matthew’s version of the story in chapters 26-28. As you read through the story, think about these things:

If you were Jesus at the Last Supper, how would you have reacted when Judas said, “Surely it’s not I, Lord”? Do you think we should serve communion to everyone in our church (we do)? Why or why not?

Are you surprised that Peter denied Jesus three times? Do you think you would have stood up for Jesus, or deserted him like all the disciples? What are the times in your life that you have denied or deserted Jesus? Jesus forgave Peter and used him in powerful ways to start the church. Do you believe Jesus can still use you, despite your sin?

There are two times in this story when the crowd is screaming things at Jesus and he remains silent. Why do you think he did that? Are you good at remaining silent, or do you always feel the need to defend yourself?

Read Matthew 2&:27-31 slowly and closely. How do you feel as you read this?

On Sunday I said I think that while he was on the cross, Jesus was thinking about you. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Don’t forget that we have a Holy Thursday service at 7 on Thursday and then on Easter Sunday we have a “sunrise” service at 8 a.m. followed by breakfast and then our regular service at 10 a.m.

Blessings, Pastor Scott



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