In this week's Church at Home, join us as we remember Jesus’ execution as he sacrificed himself for the sins of the world.
In the last few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our entire world. Many of us aren’t able to gather with our local church communities, so we wanted to create something that could help. Below you’ll find a BibleProject video, suggested Scripture readings, and some discussion questions to use for yourself or with family and friends. This week’s video and Scripture readings focus on Jesus' crucixion.
Good Friday marks a time for followers of Jesus to reflect on his sacrificial death. For over two thousand years, Christians have annually retold the story of Jesus’ final Passover meal with his friends, his arrest and execution, and his resurrection from the dead. It’s a story bursting with good news about the love of God that can give us courage in times of uncertainty and hope in the face of death.
Listen to a short message from Tim on the Easter story. You can listen to this on your own or with a group. If you are leading a small group or family, feel free to listen to the message and contextualize it for your needs.
Jesus courageously entered into suffering and death, trusting that God’s purpose would be fulfilled through his self-giving love. The deep faith of Jesus, as well as the failure of his closest friends, offers us a mirror for self-reflection as we face our own time of testing and crisis.
How is this time of hardship revealing the things you believe and value, both positive and negative?
What would it look like to trust God’s self-giving love in this time of crisis?
Reading and Discussion Two: Luke 23
Jesus is executed by religious and political leaders who treat him as a pawn in the power games of their institutions.
What do you notice about Jesus’ words and actions during this intense scene?
Jesus treats every person he meets with respect, offering kindness and comfort to others even as he is being executed.
Where are the places around you where you sense injustice and selfishness? How can you extend mercy to those places, whether in your own heart, thoughts, or actions?
Interested in learning more about the Gospel of Luke? Visit our explore page on "Luke-Acts Miniseries."