Sunday, 02 April 2017

Redemption

Isaiah 59:20; Mark 10:45

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

The STORY of REDEMPTION

Christians often use the word “redeemed” to describe what Jesus Christ did for them on the cross.  But most Christians don’t understand the full meaning of redemption.  The following four examples give us a complete idea of buying back something valuable.  

  • Redemption of slavery.
  • Redemption of a house.
  • Kinsmen Redeemer. 
  • Redemption of firstborn.

RANSOMED

Jesus did not come to be served, but came to serve us.  Jesus views us with such value that He gave up His life so that we could have a new life that is filled with purpose.  

  • Jesus gave Himself to death to deliver us from sin
    • Redeemed us from our wickedness.
    • Redeemed us from an empty way of life.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

  1. Have you ever bought something that might have seemed overpriced, but it was worth it to you because you wanted the item for a special reason?  Are there certain things in your life that are priceless and you would do anything to keep them? 

Digging Deeper

  1. Read Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Romans 3:24-26; Revelation 5:9; Hebrews 9:12; Galatians 3:13.  Discuss the fullness of redemption and all the different aspects of what it means to be redeemed by God.     
  1. Read 1 John 3:16.  If Jesus was willing to lay down His life for us, then we should also be willing to lay down our life for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  What would it look like for you to lay down your life for someone (Mark 8:34-37; 10:43-45)?  
  1. We were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20).  When is the last time you have deeply considered how much it cost Jesus to pay for your sins?  Does this change you in any way?    

Applying the Word to Life

  1. Does your life seem empty?  If you allow God control over your life, He will redeem you and give your life new meaning.  What is causing your soul to feel empty?  Do you need to give up something and allow God to fill you up instead? 
  1. Realizing that you have been redeemed, is there someone in your life right now who needs to see the value God places upon them?  Is God calling you to deny yourself in an area to show someone else how much you love them?  How can you show others that you have been redeemed?