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LIFE IN THE SON - Get a Rope

Sermon-Based Bible Study
February 26, 2017

  • What are you thankful for this week? What are you celebrating? What has caused stress or anxiety in your world this week?

  • What did you hear in this week’s sermon that was new or particularly interesting? Did anything stand out to you as puzzling or troubling?

  • Read John 11:1-16. How does the author identify Mary? How do Mary and Martha identify/describe their brother to Jesus? How would your family identify/describe you to Jesus if they could not use your name?

  • Read John 4:49-53 and 11:17-37. Jesus does not have to be physically present to heal a person. What do you think Mary and Martha expected would happen when Jesus was told that Lazarus was sick? Why might the disciples have thought it would be a good idea for Jesus to heal Lazarus without traveling to Bethany?

  • Read 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 and Hebrews 2:14-15. In John 11:33, Jesus is described as “deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” The words we read in our English Bibles as “deeply moved” translate a Greek word that can mean “to snort with anger.” Chris suggested that at the heart of Jesus’ tears is anger. What do you think roused Jesus’ anger in this situation?

  • Read John 11:38-45. From the beginning, Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death, but would result in God’s glory and His glory. Chris indicated that glory means to bring something hidden to light. What is it about Jesus that was hidden that this incident brings to light? What is this “sign” pointing to?

  • Read John 11:4-7. Chris said that what Jesus did was primarily for the sake of others, not Lazarus. What does that mean? Does verse 6 seem like the logical conclusion to verse 5? Why? When we truly love someone else, we want what is best for them. How does Jesus’ behavior demonstrate that He wants what’s best for Lazarus’ family? What’s best, temporary healing or life-giving belief?

  • One of the things this story shows us is that there are times when Jesus will allow hearts to be broken so that faith might be awakened. Has your faith ever been strengthened/revived as a result of your heart being broken? Who would benefit from hearing that story?

  • In the next 24-48 hours, what simple next step could you take in obedience to what you’ve learned from your time in God’s Word? Who would benefit from hearing what you’ve learned this week? Will you share it with them?
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