He Chose the Nails: “He Chose to Become One of Us” · Based on Max Lucado’s Bible Study
It’s crazy to think that the God of all the universe – the eternal and all-powerful Creator – chose to be one of us. He chose to be finite and bound, imprisoned by flesh and surrounded by sin. This week, we will consider his crown of thorns and visit what it means to repent and be forgiven.
This 6-week study will work like this: each day, there will be daily readings (instructions below) for you to work through personally and reflect upon with your family/small group, labeled “Personal Lenten Practice”. There are also additional exercises for you to work through with your small group, labeled “Going Deep”. If you do not have a small group that you meet in, please contact the office so that we can help you find one. 651-300-2642
Going Deep Small Group Exercises
Read: Job 36:26, Genesis 3:17-18, Numbers 33:55, Proverbs 22:5, Matthew 7:16, and 2 Corinthians 5:21. Ask: What did Christ give up to join us here on earth?
Read: Mark 1:15 and Joel 2:12-13.
Ask: What is the spirit of lent (the 6 weeks leading up to Easter)? What do the two words, rend and return, mean? How do they reflect what it means to not only reconcile with God but also to do it with everything you’ve got (your whole heart)? What 3 words/phrases would you use to describe rending or returning your heart?
Read the following passages and write down what each description or use of a crown is. What insights do they suggest about the significance of the crown of thorns? Exodus 39:27-31, 2 Kings 11:12, 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, 2 Samuel 12:30.
Personal Lenten Practice
Each day this week, set 15-20 minutes aside to read the scriptures below (taken from the Book of Common Prayer Daily Office). As you read, reflect on the questions below. Ask the Lord to speak to you through these readings. Find one word in the readings each day that connects your reading to your daily life. Use a journal to record your word and why you think the Lord revealed that word to you that day. End your time in prayer.
Questions: Where is my life falling short of a relationship with God? What new thing do I pray God does in and through me?