Small Groups

Study guide and video interviews of top scholars around the country can be found here.

WEEK 4: SOTERIOLOGY

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-4
  2. Download and print out the study guide here.

STARTER QUESTIONS

Discuss these questions before watching the video interview.

1. Last week Bryan shared about the 5 Revival Values and introduced the first one: When we testify to what God has done, it releases the power for God to do it again. Before we start, share how you’ve seen God move in the past week.

2. Tell of a time where someone had to rescue you or bail you out of a situation that was your own doing or mistake? How did it work out or what did you learn?

3. Does faith in God come easy or hard for you? Would your answer be different if you inserted ‘Jesus’ or ‘Holy Spirit’ in place of God in the same question?

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DISCOVERY QUESTIONS

Discuss these questions after watching the video.

1. If you were asked what it means to be saved, or what do we need to be saved from, how would you answer?

2. We learned that the Gospel means “good news”. How is the Gospel good news?

a. If you get stuck, take a look at a couple of the following verses:

  • Romans 1:16-17
  • 1 Corinthians 15:2-8
  • 2 Timothy 1:9-11
  • 2 Timothy 2:8

b. What did Jesus accomplish?

3. Dr. Johnson described the concept of “substitution” as a courtroom experience.

a. Have you ever pictured yourself on trial before God because of your sin?
b. Why did Jesus stand in our place before God?
c. How can seeing ourselves in a courtroom before God impact our need for a savior?

4. Dr. Johnson equated the predominant first century view of Jesus dying on the cross to our current understanding of a person who is included on a list of ‘sexual predators’.

a. What’s your reaction to Jesus’ being seen in that light?
b. How does this help your understanding of why dying on the cross was considered shameful?
c. How does this impact your understanding or your feeling of what Christ endured for all of humanity?

5. Dr. Johnson asserts that the ascension of Christ is critical for our understanding of Jesus and salvation.

a. What does it mean that Christ ascended?

  • Acts 1:9-11
  • Hebrews 1:3

b. Why is it important?

  • Ephesians 1:20-21
  • Hebrews 4:14-16
  • John 16:7; John 14:16-17
  • Ephesians 4:7-12

c. What work is Jesus now doing on our behalf?

6. In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul encourages us to have the mind of Christ and how important it is to live a life of sacrifice.

a. What are some ways that God has revealed to you what it means to have “The Mind of Christ”.
b. What does living a life of sacrifice look like, or what Keith calls a “Cruciformed” life?
c. How can having the mind of Christ and living self sacrificially effect the world we live in?

 

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

 

1. Dr. Johnson talks about Jesus’ life as being the truest form of humanity. He says being truly human is to give up what you have for the sake of loving God, loving your neighbor, and living for the good of others. John 10:10-11 shows that He came to lay down His life for us and that we may have abundant life.

a. What does an “abundant life” look like to you?
b. How does “abundant life” in Christ look different from “abundant life” in the world?

2. Romans 10:9 says “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” How comfortable is it for you to say that Jesus is Lord of your life? If difficult, why?

Note:  If they have yet to receive the Gospel and make Jesus the Lord of the life, give them an opportunity to do so and help lead them through the following prayer:

a. “I’m Sorry” – Jesus, I confess. You’ve given me life but I’ve taken this life and have lived it for my own selfish desires. I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life (take a few moments to ask His forgiveness for anything particular that is on your conscience). Please forgive me. I now turn from everything which I know is wrong.
b. “Thank You” – Jesus, I want to say thank you! Thank you for dying on the cross for me and my sins and for offering forgiveness, freedom, and Your Holy Spirit.
c. “Please” – I know that you’ve been standing at the door of my heart waiting for me to open it and right now, I invite you in. Please come into my life. I accept your free gift of eternal life and ask that you deposit your Holy Spirit within me. Thank You for saving me and I commit my life to following You.  

NOTE: if any of the participants pray this prayer, celebrate and welcome them into a new life with Christ! Also, please be sure to let one of the pastors at the church know so that we can help them with next steps. 

OPTIONAL: THINKING AHEAD

If your group would like to prepare for next week’s topic on Bibliology (the study of the Bible), 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.