Jesus Died on a Cross to Bear our Sin
Dear Father in heaven, help us to proclaim to all that still do not know Jesus how and why he died.
Anchor command. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ¶
Anchor story. Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. Mark chapter 15.
Anchor verse. “I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
Learning goal. Know the key events surrounding of Jesus’ death.
Growth goal. Feel the impact of that terrible day of darkness, reliving the experience of those who were there.
Skill goal. Recount how Jesus was crucified, explaining what it meant for all of mankind.
Outcome goal. Many repent and believe, as a result of learning how Jesus died, and why.
Read the story of Christ’s crucifixion in Mark 15, and discover the following:
· What criminal did the Roman governor Pilate release because of the feast day, instead of Jesus? (Verse 15)
· In what ways did the soldiers mock Jesus? (16 – 20)
· What did the inscription say on the sign that the Romans attached to the cross? (26)
· What things did the people cry out to taunt Jesus on the cross? (29 – 32)
· What took place throughout the land that showed God’s disapproval? (33)
· What did Jesus cry out in a very loud voice? (34)
· What happened to the temple’s massive veil when Jesus breathed his last? (37 – 38)
· Whom did the Roman Centurion recognize Jesus to be? (39)
· What did Joseph of Arimathea who for the body of Jesus? (43 – 46)
· Who were watching attentively to see where Jesus was laid? (47)
Together with your coworkers, prepare for the upcoming worship.
· Relate the story of Jesus crucifixion.
the people some of the questions above.
· Let the children present what they have prepared.
· Plan with the believers to go and tell the story of the crucifixion to their friends who do not yet know Jesus.
Purpose of this advanced study:
2. Prepare your heart with God’s word
· When people came to be baptized because they thought they were good, what did John say to them?
· When sinners came confessing their sins, what did John do for them?
3. Find in the parable of the lost sheep, Luke 15:1–10, why the angels rejoice in heaven.
shepherds scold and threaten sinners to force them to repent.
that you are a ‘lamb’ that has strayed, but the Good Shepherd has found you.
or later, all of us go astray, but the straying sheep is of great value to
· The most important part of calling sinners to repent, and of restoring straying believers, is to love them, not the disciplinary action that we may have to take.
· If you discipline a child angrily, he may respond angrily. If you discipline in love, he will learn.
· When a member of the flock strays away, your purpose in disciplining him is to restore him, not to punish him.
· The apostle Paul told us in Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”
· Sometimes we must take severe action to restore someone, but we must always do it with love.
4. Plan with co-workers activities to do during the week.
· Visit friends who need Christ and explain to them that God loves them, will forgive their sins, and wants to bring them new, eternal life of true holiness and joy.
· Visit any believers who have gone astray. Restore them like Galatians 6:1 says.
Help them in a loving way to remember their conversion.
Try to discover if they will let God convict them of their sinfulness.
Try to discern if they understand God’s great love.
Pray with them to ask God to transform their lives.
During a meeting, tell or act out the story of John the
Baptist from Luke
Tell or act out the parable of the lost sheep. Explain
from part 1 the way that Jesus wants us to call people to repent, and to
correct straying lambs.
7. Explain what humans do to bring about our salvation, and what God does:
· One must repent, that is, have a change of heart and trust God (John 3:1–8).
forgives us believers and seals us forever as His children; and His Holy
Spirit gives meeting breakfast to us spiritual rebirth (Ephesians 1:13–14).
To introduce the Lord’s Supper, read Luke 3:4–7 about the people coming to
John the Baptist and confessing their sins. Explain that this was like what
we believers do before we take the Lord’s Supper; we examine ourselves and
confess our sins to God, 1 Corinthians
9. Explain the humans’ part and God’s part in our rebirth.
· First, read James 2:14–23. Then ask:
· What two kinds of faith did James mention?
What makes the difference between the two kinds of faith? [God wants faith
that results in a changed life and good deeds. Beware of faith that does not
start with repentance. James says that the devils also believe, and shudder!]
“The Devil Whispers in a New Shepherd’s Ears.”
The Liar aims, the arrow flies!
The message of these
fiery darts? “
“Just promise grace, forget God’s rules,
Do not mention that they
“Do not offend nor bring on tears,
And offer empty, fruitless faith,
Invite everyone present to tell testimonies of how God has
helped them to repent.
Memorize together Mark 1:5.
13. Those who teach children should read study #51 for children.