Christology

WEEK 1: CHRISTOLOGY

Study Guide

If you and/or your small group like to take notes, feel free to fill out the following study guide during the video interview. This will also help prepare you for the final exam at the end of the OLOGY series. To distribute this study guide to your small group, you can either:

  1. Send them this link: cherryhills.com/study-guide-1
  2. Download and print out the study guide here.

Note: for the first week of the series, this downloadable version has the answers written in it as an example. All future study guides will not include the answers.

Starter Questions

Discuss these questions before watching the video interview.

1. Introduce yourselves to the group and describe your spiritual heritage: what you grew up with or without, parents’ beliefs, etc. How did this impact your own spiritual beliefs?

2. If you could ask Jesus one question about Himself, what would you ask?

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Discovery Questions

Discuss these questions after watching the video.

1. Dr. Burge talked about monotheism vs. polytheism.

  • Define polytheism – name some polytheistic religions.
  • Define monotheism – name some monotheistic religions.
  • Where does Christianity fall? Why?

2. How do differing religions understand Jesus? Why is Jesus a stumbling block to such religions?

3. Jesus alienates the religious leaders of his day by doing things only God was allowed to do.

  • Read Luke 5:17-26 or Mark 2:1-12. What miracle(s) take(s) place in this story?
  • What makes Jesus’ actions controversial?
  • What is Jesus claiming?
  • How do you respond to Jesus’ assertion that it requires more authority to forgive sins that to heal the paralytic?

4. Scripture asserts that Jesus did not just come from God, nor was He just adopted by God, but that He actually is God. Take turns reading the following verses:

  • John 1:1-5, 14
  • Colossians 2:9
  • John 8:58
  • John 10:30-33
  • Mark 14:61-65

Assuming these claims are true, what are the implications between what you know about Jesus and your relationship with Jesus?

5. Dr. Burge argued that Jesus was fully God and fully man. How do the following passages describe Jesus’ humanity?

  • Luke 2:52
  • Luke 24:39
  • Matthew 26:38
  • Hebrews 4:15

What are some other ways Jesus was fully human?  What significance or benefit is there to us that Jesus was fully human?

6. Scripture tells us that because of who Christ is and what He has done, the following is true of followers of Christ:

  • Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21:
  1. A new creation in Christ
  2. Reconciled in Christ
  3. Called to the ministry of reconciliation
  4. Called to be ambassadors of Christ
  • Read Ephesians 2:19-22:
  1. No longer foreigners and strangers
  2. You are fellow citizens
  3. Members of God’s household
  4. Becoming a dwelling of God’s spirit.

Application Questions

 

1. Christology is the study of the person, nature and role of Christ. What characteristics of Jesus has most impacted your life (ie – compassion, humility, forgiveness, etc.)?

2. Identify at least one thing you can do this week to cultivate your relationship with Jesus and/or grow in your understanding of who Jesus is?

 

OPTIONAL: THINKING AHEAD

If your group would like to prepare for next week’s topic on Pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit), please click below to access the preparatory questions.

You can distribute these questions to your participants by either emailing them the link or you can print and hand out the questions at then of this week’s Small Group.