The Joshua Victor Theory

Savers become losers, but losers gain a Savior!

March 5, 2012

Sermon on Mark 8:27-38 for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, about Jesus teaching about His cross. Disciples learn what it means to take up our cross and follow Jesus--learning sacrificial living and love.

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1. What was Peter’s objection to Jesus’ description of His own mission? Cf. Matt. 16:22. What aspect of discipleship (following Jesus) would we like to avoid as well? What does God accomplish in suffering? Rom. 5:1-5

2. How did God’s seemingly “illogical” plan for Jesus work out for the salvation of all, and the monumental spread of the good news about His salvation? 1 Cor. 1:18-25; Acts 2:41, 47

3. What compelled people to believe in Jesus, even despite the fact that His teachings often chafed the people? John 6:60-69; 7:25-31; 18:20

4. How did the disciple’s witness of Jesus’ resurrection transform their fear to boldness and seal their loyalty to Him? Acts 4:13; 1 John 1:1

5. How has God called you to sacrificial living? What does that look like for you? How are we challenged to sacrifice not only what we are willing, but what God calls us to? Why is sacrificial love the greatest love? John 15:13; Rom. 5:6-10

6. Even though we lose our lives in Christ, what do we gain in return? Why is it impossible to save our lives here and now? Matt. 6:19-20; 25:23; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.

7. What is the joy and satisfaction of being embraced in and learning to live a Christ-like, sacrificial love? How does this reflect the “true humanity” that God wills to produce in each of us through the cross?

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