Updated: Jan 23
The Gospel Overview
The gospel means ‘good news’- the good news of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done. It is the message that Jesus is Lord and the Kingdom of God is now accessible on earth as it is in heaven through him unto a whole new creation. The gospel is the power of God for the salvation and transformation of all who put their trust in Jesus.
REMEMBER (30 min)
Remember God: Worship, Prayer or Communion
Spend a few minutes quietly reflecting on aspects of Jesus’ humanity and then give thanks together. Sing together out of worship songs of your choice that center on Jesus. For example:
Breathe in: Brother Jesus, fully human
Breathe out: Merciful and faithful in every way
Child friendly worship resources:
Remember each other: Care
Optional- break up into smaller groups for 10 min Hi/Lo check in
Remember the Liturgy:
Remember what we learned and put into practice last week: Accountability
What did we learn and put into practice from the last topic: The Gospel- 1. God always Loved us and gave us His Son Jesus (3-5 min)
REFLECT (30 min)
Prepare (See the Leaders Guide for a brief commentary and context for the scripture and core truth from the topic)
Introduce today’s Topic and any commentary or context for the scripture
“The Gospel: 2. He lived the life we couldn’t live”
Share the Summary Scripture for the topic: Heb. 2:17-18- “For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Share “Core Truths from the topic” in the leaders guide where needed
Share context for Matthew 4:1-11
Read and Retell the Story:Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus’ Wilderness Temptations,
What is the biblical and historical context? (Can be covered in the Intro)
Why is it so important that Jesus was fully human, ‘made like us in every way’?
In what ways does the enemy tempt Jesus in the wilderness and how does he overcome it? How have you faced the same temptations in your life? (Pleasure, provision, prestige, performance, power and position outside of the Father).
How does believing we are God’s beloved children combat the deception and temptation of the enemy in our lives?
What does this reveal about God and People (optional)
RESPOND (30 min)
Experience and Encounter
Jesus was tempted but did not sin. Every time the enemy comes Jesus pushes him back with the word of God, secure in his identity as beloved. Take time to wait on the Holy Spirit to remind you of a promise from scripture to help you resist the enemy’s temptations and attack on your identity.
Optional: have note cards and pens available for people to write down the promise from scripture for them to take and meditate on during the week
You could also make some premade cards with Galatians 2:20 on the one side and they could write their own scripture on the other side
Share the Lord’s supper (Communion) remembering the humanity of Jesus as you partake
Practice and Obey
Spend time this week reflecting and journaling on where you are being tempted by the enemy in any way, particularly to find identity outside of the Father.
The Lord’s Prayer