The Jesus Way

The Jesus Way Workbook

Introduction

This workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the content of The Jesus Way by Peter Walker (Lion Hudson, 2020).

The questions can be used as the basis for a small group discussion – or simply for individual study. There are various types of questions in each session.

  • Getting started questions are designed as “ice breaker” questions (with no “right answers”) to prompt free discussion within groups.
  • The twelve sessions build on each other and, in each session, there are some Questions on the theme which are based on the relevant chapter in The Jesus Way. If you are using this workbook alongside other people, the leader of your group may give a talk about the topic or show a short video clip on the theme. However, if you are studying on your own, please read the relevant chapter in The Jesus Wayand then reflect on these questions on your own.
  • A passage from the Bible has been chosen to help further understanding – and the Bible studyquestions are intended to help dig deeper into what the Bible has to say about each theme.
  • Questions for further reflection are chosen as an encouragement to apply the teaching to your everyday life. Some questions are suitable for group discussion – others may be more suitable for individual reflection.
  • For the coming week provides some suggestions for responding to the theme.

 

 

 

Session 1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection

Getting started

  1. If you were to conduct a survey asking people the two questions, “Do you think Jesus rose from the dead?” and “Does it matter?”, what kind of answers do you think you would get?
  2. Have you ever discussed the resurrection of Jesus with your friends or family who are not Christians?

Questions on the theme

  1. Which of the following descriptions best sums up your own view of the New Testament? The New Testament is: “a myth or made-up story”; “an ancient religious text”; “a reliable historical document”; “God’s word to us”.
  2. “Jesus’ resurrection is the central claim of authentic Christian faith.” Do you agree, or not?
  3. What does the resurrection show about God? What does it show about Jesus?
  4. Why do you think the resurrection is so important?

Bible study: Luke 24:13–35

  1. Why do you think the disciples did not recognize Jesus at first? (verse 16)
  2. What had they come to believe about the identity of Jesus of Nazareth and what he would do? (verses 19, 21)
  3. What is puzzling them as they talk? (verses 21b–24)
  4. How does Jesus explain who he is? (verses 25–27)
  5. How did they feel while he was talking with them? (verse 32)
  6. How did this encounter with the risen Jesus change them? (verses 33–34, and see verse 17b)

Questions for further reflection

  1. What does the claim of Jesus’ resurrection mean to you and how have you responded to it so far?
  2. Would you say that you have made a verbal response to Jesus and started a relationship with him? If you are not sure, here is a prayer you might like to use:

Lord Jesus,

I now know you are the Lord and recognize you as my true king.

You came from God; you died for me; you are alive today.

Please forgive me my sins; please forgive me for living my life without you.

I come to you; please receive me. I open the door and welcome you. Please now come into my life and stay with me, helping me to follow you day by day.

Amen

 

  1. Have you already encountered the Risen Jesus in a way which has changed you? Can you give examples?

For the coming week

What one thing will you will try and think about, or do, differently this week as a result of this session?

Following Jesus his way: building block 1

Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

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Session 2: Accept Jesus’ forgiveness

Getting started

  1. Can you give any examples of how the resurrection can change the way we live our lives? How might it change the way we think, act, pray, etc? Can you give specific examples?
  2. This week we are looking at the forgiveness of our sins that is available because of Jesus’ death on the cross. Is this something you have thought about much before? What are you expecting from the session?

Questions on the theme

  1. Was there anything from this topic that you didn’t understand – or anything that surprised you?
  2. Which of the four pictures used by the apostles to explain the cross do you find most helpful – and why? (Broken family relationships, the slave market, the law court, the temple in Jerusalem).
  3. What is your reaction to the claim that Jesus’ death and resurrection removed a barrier between us and God?
  4. “But surely our sin isn’t serious enough to need Jesus to die for it?” What do you think about this view?
  5. How do you respond to the idea of Jesus being our “representative” and our “substitute” on the cross?

Bible study: Isaiah 52:13–53:12

  1. As you read the passage, identify as many parallels with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection as you can. What do you think of them?
  2. What is the passage teaching us about the relationship between the death of the “servant” and our sins? (verses 5–6; 11–12)
  3. Do you agree that we have all “gone astray like lost sheep”? (53:6)
  4. What does this passage teach us about God’s eternal plan to bring his forgiveness to his people?

Questions for further reflection

  1. Do you think there are any sins too awful to be covered by Jesus’ death?
  2. What do you feel about hearing yourself described as a sinner? Would you say you have asked Jesus to “carry your sins” for you, repenting and asking him for forgiveness? Or are there some areas of your life that you have kept back from God, perhaps because you think they cannot be forgiven?

For the coming week

What would it mean for you to “come to the cross” every day? Perhaps you could try to do this each day until we meet next time?

Following Jesus his way: building block 2

Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

 

Session 3: Welcome his Spirit

Getting started

At the last session, we talked about the need to “come to the cross daily”.

  1. If you have managed to do this, what difference has this made to recent days? Has it made you feel differently about yourself? Or about other people?

If not, what are the things that prevented you? Maybe you haven’t wanted to; or haven’t had enough time; or, for some reason, haven’t felt able to?

  1. This week we are looking at the topic of the Holy Spirit. What thoughts come into your mind when you hear the words “Holy Spirit”?

Questions on the theme

  1. Was there anything about today’s theme that was new to you?
  2. What do you make of the idea of God dwelling in believers by his Spirit?
  3. How do you feel about the Spirit being a person rather than a force?
  4. Do you agree that every believer has the Spirit living in them?
  5. How do you respond to the idea that every believer has a “spiritual gift” of some kind?
  6. “God with us; God for us; God in” Do you find this a helpful summary of the first three sessions? Which of these truths has been the most important for you?

Bible Study: John 14:15–19, 25–27

  1. What does Jesus say about the Holy Spirit in verses 15–19? Does anything surprise you?
  2. Why can the “world” not accept the Spirit? (verse 17)
  3. What does Jesus say the Holy Spirit will do for believers in verses 25–27?

Bible Study: 1 Corinthians 12:4–20

  1. To whom are spiritual gifts given – and for what purpose? (verse 7)
  2. What spiritual gifts are listed here (verses 8–10)? Are there other spiritual gifts that you are aware of?
  3. In what ways do you find the image of a “body with many parts” a helpful one in thinking about different kinds of spiritual gifts?

 

Questions for further reflection

  1. Do you find it easy to believe that the Holy Spirit is dwelling in you?
  2. Have you been aware of the Holy Spirit pointing you towards Jesus – perhaps helping you to enjoy your relationship with God as Father; or helping you to pray; or helping you to live like Jesus?
  3. Are you happy with the concept of spiritual gifts? Are you aware of any spiritual gifts given to you by the Holy Spirit?

For the coming week

You may like to try and find some time this week to reflect on and pray about the following:

  • For you to have a new confidence that the Holy Spirit truly dwells in you
  • For the Spirit to help you in prayer
  • For the Spirit to reveal more of Jesus to you
  • For the Spirit to reveal more of his presence and power in your life

Following Jesus his way: building block 3

Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

 

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

 

 

 

Session 4: Feed on his Scriptures

Getting started

  1. Have you been aware of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you this week? In what ways? Do you feel the Spirit has helped or guided you, or given you spiritual gifts with which to serve the church, or given you a particular experience of God?
  2. How is considering the Jesus Way affecting your daily life? For example, in how you respond to certain events, people or situations; in how you organise your time; in how you feel about your day-to-day activities; or in terms of what you think about or look forward to?

Questions on the theme

  1. What do you make of this statement: “Those who love Jesus should love his Scriptures”?
  2. What are the dangers of not immersing ourselves in Scripture? What other things might we be relying on wrongly to help us grow in the Christian life?
  3. How should we approach Bible passages that we find hard or disagree with?
  4. How would you explain the role of the Holy Spirit when it comes to reading the Bible?

Bible Study: Mark 4:1–20

  1. Jesus describes three different responses to hearing the word of God. What are they?
  2. How can we ensure that our “roots” are not “shallow”?
  3. What are the things in verse 19 that threaten to make us lose our focus on Jesus? Can you give examples from your own experience?
  4. How can we ensure that we are fruitful like the seed sown on good soil?

Questions for further reflection

  1. Of the four treasures we have looked at so far – the resurrection, the cross, the Holy Spirit and the Bible – which do you tend to value/emphasise the most and which the least? Why do you think that is?
  2. In your own life, can you see some of the dangers in valuing our experience (of Jesus or the Spirit) more highly than the Bible? What are some good ways of testing your experiences against Scripture?
  3. What does it meant to submit yourself to the Bible’s authority? What are some of the difficulties in believing its truth and obeying its commands?
  4. How do you feel about reading the Bible? Have you found ways of reading it regularly? Do you have set times and places for reading it? Is there anything you want to do to make it more of a priority in the week ahead?

For the coming week

Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”. How about trying to learn one or two verses of the Bible by heart this week to help you do that?

Following Jesus his way: building block 4

Feed on his Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

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3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

 

Session 5: Participate in his meal

Getting started

  1. Have you managed to read your Bible this week? If so, how has it gone? Or have you had difficulties reading it? If so, what in particular?
  2. So far we have covered four themes: the resurrection, the cross, the Holy Spirit and the Bible. Which has been most in your mind this week?
  3. Today we are looking at the “Lord’s Supper” or “communion”, also known as the “eucharist”. How do you feel about these type of services?

Questions on the theme

  1. How would you explain the idea of “eating” Jesus’ body and “drinking” his blood to someone who is unfamiliar with Christianity?
  2. Why is the Lord’s supper important for believers?
  3. What do you think is the role of personal faith in Jesus as we eat the bread and drink the wine?

Bible Study: Luke 22:7–22

  1. What preparations might the disciples have needed to make for the Passover? Try and describe what it might have been like for them to be at this meal with Jesus.
  2. What signs are there that Jesus knew that he was about to be killed? (verses 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22)
  3. What similarities are there between what happened at this meal and communion services that you have been to?

Questions for further reflection

  1. How, practically, can we prepare ourselves before a communion service – both before we get to church and while in the service?
  2. What are the implications of sharing in this meal together for how we feel and behave towards other Christians? Are there people with whom we need to be reconciled?
  3. How can we make sure that we value these three gifts from Jesus: his Spirit, his Scriptures and now his Sacrament? Do you need to value one of them more than you do? What practical steps can you take to do this?

For the coming week

Each day this week, perhaps you could thank God for the gift of his Spirit, his Scriptures and his Sacrament – and ask him to show you how to value them more.

Following Jesus his way: building block 5

Participate in his meal – this is your spiritual food!

[insert “arch” image here]

4: Feed on His Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

 

 

Session 6: Bear witness to his reign

Getting started

  1. What truth that we have discussed in this course so far has struck you most? In what ways has it affected your life?
  2. Today we are looking at sharing the Good News with other people, called “evangelism”. What is your initial “gut response” to this topic?

Questions on the theme

  1. “The message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:47–48). How do you respond to these words of Jesus?
  2. The Bible is clear that we need both to live and speak in ways which proclaim Jesus’ kingdom. Which of these two do you feel is easier for you and why?
  3. Thinking about your own context, what things make it difficult for you to share the good news of Jesus?
  4. What encouragements can we draw from the examples of John the Baptist and Andrew?
  5. What do you think of the idea of learning a simple “gospel outline”, and being prepared for the time when someone asks you to explain it? What did you think about the “bridge” diagram? Can you imagine being able to use it?

Bible Study: Acts 8:26–40

  1. What strikes you from this passage where Philip shares his faith in Jesus with an Ethiopian official?
  2. In which verses do you see Philip being:
  • open to the leading of the Spirit?
  • bold?
  • sensitive to how much the Ethiopian understands?
  • confident in and using the Bible?
  • flexible in responding to what God is doing?
  • focused on the gospel rather than himself and his own achievements?
  1. What can we take from this example of Philip? How can we apply that to our daily lives and relationships?

Questions for further reflection

  1. Thinking of how you came to know Jesus, can you identify a few key people, conversations or events that helped you on your way?
  2. How would you try to describe the way you yourself came to Christ and what it’s like to be a Christian with Jesus as your friend? This is sometimes called a “testimony”. Would you feel able to share this with a friend?

This coming week

Take some time to pray and ask God to lay on your heart the names of one or two people with whom you could share your faith; or situations in which God would like you to make a difference. Commit to praying for opportunities to witness to him with these people/in these situations.

Over the next week, pray each morning for opportunities that day to bear witness to Jesus’ reign in word and deed.

Following Jesus his way: building block 6

Bear witness to his reign – others too need to come under his rule!

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5: Participate in his meal – this is your spiritual food!

4: Feed on His Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

Session 7: Share with Jesus’ people

 

Getting started

  1. How have you got on with praying for one or two individuals or situations? Was it easier or harder than you thought it would be?
  2. Today, we look at the Bible’s teaching on loving other Christians. If you have been part of a church or other Christian group, how have you found it? How does it compare with other groups of people you may have been part of (eg a sports team, a musical group, a street or neighbourhood, an extended family)?

Questions on the theme

  1. What strikes you about Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost?
  2. How do you respond to the word “fellowship”? What does it make you think of? Has looking at this topic changed your thinking on what this word means?
  3. “You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family.” How do you feel about being part of a family with other believers?
  4. How do you respond to the idea that the church is the new “people of God”?
  5. “Loving Jesus means loving his people.” What does this mean in practice?

Bible Study: Acts 4:32–5:11

  1. What marked out the community of believers? Why was there “no needy person among them”?
  2. What was wrong with what Ananias and Sapphira did? How does it compare with what Joseph and Barnabas did?
  3. Why do you think God acted so severely against Ananias and Sapphira? What do you feel about this?
  4. What does this passage have to say to about Christians and their possessions? Some of us are poor and some of us are rich – what difference does that make to our attitudes and actions?

Questions for further reflection

  1. What are some practical ways in which you can share with fellow believers?
  2. What do you think are the greatest challenges to this kind of generosity?

This coming week

Spend some time in quiet and consider about the challenge to love other believers, asking God to show you how you can best show love to others in your church family.

Also, ask him to make it clear if you need to repent of any attitudes or actions, showing you if you have any bad attitudes towards anyone in your church family – and to give you the courage to put that right.

Following Jesus his way: building block 7

Share with Jesus’ people – they are now your family!

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6: Bear witness to his reign – others too need to come under his rule!

5: Participate in his meal – this is your spiritual food!

4: Feed on his Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

 

 

Session 8: Worship his majesty

Getting started

  1. How have you got on thinking about your attitude and response to your fellow believers?
  2. Today we are going to be looking at worshipping God. What do you think of when you hear the word “worship”?

Questions on the theme

  1. What have you learnt about worship? Was there anything that was new or that you didn’t understand?
  2. What difference does it make that worship is about the whole of our everyday lives?
  3. Personal prayer and public worship are both important. Is one of these easier for you than the other? Why do you think this is?
  4. What should characterise our “corporate worship” or church services?

Bible Study: Hebrews 10:19–25

  1. Being able to enter the presence of God is an amazing thing! Looking at this passage, how is it possible? How does this compare with what you know of entering the presence of God in the Old Testament?
  2. As we come into God’s presence, what should our attitude be?
  3. What are the two ways we should relate to our fellow believers in verses 24 and 25? To what extent have you experienced these benefits from meeting with other believers?

Questions for further reflection

  1. “Worship of God is our life blood. It is what we were made for.” To what extent does this describe your life?
  2. Think about your own personal times of prayer. Be honest with yourself! Do you need to change the frequency, priority, timing, location or what you’re reading? Set yourself an aim for the week ahead.
  3. Think about your pattern of joining in corporate worship. Are there changes that you need to make in how often you attend? Or to your attitude towards it or expectations of it?

This coming week

Either: Go back to Session 5 (which was also about worship). Has what we have learnt about worship this week built on your understanding?

Or: What kind of idols do you think are most common in our society today? Which are the most likely to become a barrier between you and God?

 

Following Jesus his way: building block 8

Worship his majesty – it’s what you were made for!

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7: Share with Jesus’ people – they are now your family!

6: Bear witness to his reign – others too need to come under his rule!

5: Participate in his meal – this is your spiritual food!

4: Feed on his Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

 

Session 9: Follow his teaching

Getting started

  1. How have your personal times of prayer and Bible study been going? Have you found anything particularly helpful? What have been the biggest distractions?
  2. If you have been at a church service since the discussion about corporate worship, did anything strike you in a new way?
  3. Today we are looking at the need for Christians to obey and follow what Jesus taught and what the Bible says. Some churches use a “creed” to help with this. In what ways might that be helpful/unhelpful?

Questions on the theme

  1. Was there anything in the talk that you didn’t understand – or that you found surprising?
  2. How do you think people in our society respond to the idea of being taught? What about those in the church?
  3. Was there anything in the Nicene Creed that you did not understand? What did you find most striking?
  4. Why is it essential for our forgiveness that we have a Saviour who was both fully human and fully divine?

Bible Study: The Trinity and/or John 1:1–14

Either: Look up the following verses from the letters written by Paul, Peter and John. How do they show that the apostles were thinking in terms of a “threefold” God? 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Corinthians 12:4–6; Romans 5:5, 8; 8:11; Ephesians 2:18; 1 Peter 1:3, 11; 1 John 4:13–14

Or:  John 1:1–14

  • What does this passage tell us about: Jesus’ identity; his relationship with God; his purpose in becoming “incarnate” (the “Word became flesh”)?

Questions for further reflection

  1. Are we humble and ready to be taught? How can we make ourselves more “teachable”? How can we support and encourage those who teach us?
  2. Next time you are in a church service and a creed is said, how can you use it better as part of your worship in that service?
  3. Are there particular elements of what the creed states which you struggle with? If so, spend time in prayer with God and in reading the Bible, asking him to show you his truth.

For the coming week

Why not try taking a few lines of the Nicene Creed on each of the next seven days as a starting point for reflection and prayer. Here is the Creed divided up into seven sections:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Following Jesus his way: building block 9

Follow his teaching – it’s the only way to freedom!

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8: Worship his majesty – it’s what you were ma de for!

7: Share with Jesus’ people – they are now your family!

6: Bear witness to his reign – others too need to come under his rule!

5: Participate in his meal – this is your spiritual food!

4: Feed on his Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

 

Session 10: Live his life

Getting started

  1. What difference is thinking about The Jesus Way having on your daily life? What have been the most significant things that you have learned? What have been the most significant changes you have made to your pattern of life? What would you say has been the one biggest change to your life as a Christian since starting this course?
  2. Today we are thinking about how we can live as Jesus wants us to. What do you think of when you hear the phrase “holy living”?

Questions on the theme

  1. Was there anything you disagreed with in the talk – or anything you didn’t understand? What did you find most challenging?
  2. If we have put our trust in Jesus, why does it matter if we obey him or not?
  3. Can you think of a situation when WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) might be helpful?
  4. What do you think is the hardest thing about obeying Jesus’ commands?
  5. When we are thinking about living Jesus’ way, what difference does Jesus’ resurrection and the gift of his Holy Spirit make to us? Can you give specific examples?

Bible Study: Romans 12:9–21

  1. How many commands are there in this passage which give us instructions on how to live the Christian life?
  2. Which, in our culture, seem the most demanding and why?
  3. Which seem less relevant and why?
  4. To what extent are these standards achievable?

Questions for further reflection

  1. To what extent do you feel that you are “walking the walk” (living as Jesus taught) as well as “talking the talk” (believing what he taught)? Which is easier for you and why?
  2. Christians sometimes use WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) to help them in practical situations or dilemmas. In what ways might this be helpful for you?

For the coming week

Look back to Session 3 and remind yourself what you learnt about the work of the Holy Spirit. Then read Galatians 5:22–23 and pray daily about how the Lord might develop the fruit of the Spirit in your life.

Or: look back over all the sessions so far. Is there anything you are still finding it difficult understand? What have you found most striking? Pray that the Lord would continue to reveal himself and his ways to you more and more.

Following Jesus his way: building block 10

Live his life – you are a new person!

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9: Follow his teaching – it’s the only way to freedom!

8: Worship his majesty – it’s what you were made for!

7: Share with Jesus’ people – they are now your family!

6: Bear witness to his reign – others too need to come under his rule!

5: Participate in his meal – this is your spiritual food!

4: Feed on his Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

Session 11: Resist his enemy

Getting started

  1. How has the week been in terms of “walking the walk”? Have there been specific situations when you have consciously changed your actions in response to the high standards Jesus calls us to? Has WWJD been useful this week?
  2. Today we are looking at the spiritual opposition we face as we try to live the way Jesus wants. If you asked a selection of people what they understood by “spiritual opposition”, what kind of responses do you think you would get? Is it something you are aware of in your life?

Questions on the theme

  1. “Being a follower of Jesus is a lifelong battle against sin, the world and the Devil.” How do you feel about being in a “lifelong battle”? Does this ring true for you?
  2. How do you respond to what you have learnt about the Devil? What does the world think about the Devil?
  3. Galatians 5:17, James 4:1 and Romans 7:14–25 talk about internal battle within us. Can you explain the nature of this battle in a few words?
  4. Which of the seven tips for resisting sin make the most sense to you? Are there some which you have not tried but which could be useful?

Bible Study: Ephesians 6:10–18

  1. What images of the “enemy” does Paul use in this passage?
  2. Why do you think that Paul uses the image of the Christian as a soldier equipped for spiritual battle?
  3. What are the weapons God provides for resisting evil? What does each contribute?

Questions for further reflection

  1. In what areas of life do you think that the Devil and his “schemes” (verse 11) are most effective? Where are the dangers for you in being tempted to conform to the standards of this world?
  2. What might be some good ways of helping a friend who is facing temptation?

For the coming week

Try to be conscious of praying for God’s strength in the face of temptation this week, making use of the different elements of God’s armour? If you can think of a particular situation, desire or relationship where you are facing temptation, take time to bring it to God, repent of any sin and ask for his strength and guidance in resisting it from now on.

Following Jesus his way: building block 11

Resist his enemy – all evil was defeated on the cross!

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10: Live his life – you are a new person!

9: Follow his teaching – it’s the only way to freedom!

8: Worship his majesty – it’s what you were made for!

7: Share with Jesus’ people – they are now your family!

6: Bear witness to his reign – others too need to come under his rule!

5: Participate in his meal – this is your spiritual food!

4: Feed on his Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!

 

 

 

Session 12: Trust him for the future

Getting started

  1. Have there been specific instances when you have been aware that you are in a spiritual battle? How have you handled these situations?
  2. In this final session we are going to look at the hope Christians have for the future – of Jesus’ return and our own resurrection. What images spring to mind when you hear people talking of Jesus’ “second coming”? What emotions do you associate with it?

Questions on the theme

  1. Why was the resurrection of Jesus so important to the apostles’ understanding of the future?
  2. How does the idea of God renewing the earth affect how we look after the earth? What are the similarities/differences between Christian views and conservationist/environmentalist views on this?
  3. How does an expectation of Jesus’ return change the way we live? Does the fact that we have been waiting for 2,000 years make any difference?
  4. If our physical bodies are not going to be discarded but rather renewed, how should we view and treat our physical bodies?

Bible Study: 1 Corinthians 15:35–44a

  1. What does this passage teach us about the transformation from physical to “spiritual bodies”? Does anything surprise you?
  2. In what ways do you find the analogy of the seed to be a useful one?
  3. What do you think is Paul’s main point about resurrection bodies?

Questions for further reflection

  1. What could you do to make sure that you live more consciously in the expectation that Jesus is returning “soon”?
  2. Have your views about Jesus’ return changed at all having thought about it more? What aspect do you find most exciting?

Conclusion

  1. Take time to write down three or four things that you have learnt from The Jesus Way that have had a significant impact on you. Spend time thanking God for them and asking him to help you continue to grow in these areas and keep hold of them.
  2. Write down any changes to your daily routine or lifestyle that you have decided to make. Give thanks to God for them and ask him to help you continue by his Spirit.
  3. What next? How will you continue in your walk along the Jesus’ way? Are there steps you need to take or decisions you need to make to ensure that you continue to grow and mature as a believer? For example:
  • do you need to join a small group?
  • do you need to start worshipping regularly at a particular congregation?
  • do you need to change some of your attitudes to yourself or to other people, or your ways of responding to events and circumstances in your life?
  • How determined are you, with God as your helper, to continue walking along the Jesus Way until the end of your life?

Following Jesus his way: building block 12

Trust him for the future – his victory is assured!

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11: Resist his enemy – all evil was defeated on the cross!

10: Live his life – you are a new person!

9: Follow his teaching – it’s the only way to freedom!

8: Worship his majesty – it’s what you were made for!

7: Share with Jesus’ people – they are now your family!

6: Bear witness to his reign – others too need to come under his rule!

5: Participate in his meal – this is your spiritual food!

4: Feed on his Scriptures – you need God’s truth!

3: Welcome his Spirit – Jesus lives in you!

2: Accept his forgiveness – Jesus died for you!

1: Enjoy Jesus’ resurrection – he is alive!