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Ever wonder why Jesus needed to die to bring salvation? By taking a deeper look into the meaning and usage of the word ‘redemption’, the intricacy and relevancy of the salvation plan becomes a powerful force in our lives.
➡ Starter Question: Share about something special that you wanted, bought and the price you paid for it.
1) What is one chief reason for the weakness in the church today around the world?
2) Write from memory the two “My Plans” and “God’s Plans” diagrams and further explain this weakness. (Review them first if you need to.)
3) Do you live more by the “Me” plan or “God” plan? Explain.
4) What does the word ‘redemption’ mean?
5) What two senses does the word redeem have?
6) Why does the Christian church use the word family ‘redeem’ so frequently?
7) List a few means by which man tries to restore harmony with God (or Spirit being). Why are these methods ineffective?
8) Explain how the scene of man’s original disobedience hints at man’s chief spiritual problem. Why did that disobedience in the Garden of Eden bring such great consequences?
9) Explain Jesus’ two step explanation of man’s problem from John 8.
10) How does Colossians 1:13-14 show us both the problem of man and how redemption is secured.
Part of this book, Redemption Through the Scriptures, is on the web (see below), but the completed book with all the other teaching materials including: the full study guide and available videos, audios, and powerpoints are included in the Discipleship 3rd level library along with other third level BFF publications. These resources enable you to not only grow in Christ, be like Christ but also to have Christ's plan lived out through your life! Or check out the book!
✦ What are we redeemed from and for? Briefly introduce a diagram showing the eternal plan of redemption.
✦ Search the word “redeem*” with a computer throughout the Bible (around 102 usages) and group them according to their uses including real life situations, theological concepts and more categories as needed. Write down at least three observations.
✦ Why is the group word: redeem, redemptive and redemptive so commonly used in the church? What is perhaps a better way to explain this ‘foreign’ word and associated ideas?
✦ In light of what we know, is it good to accept the plurality of religions? Aren’t there many ways to God? Why or why not?
✦ Humanism highlights man’s freedom from God largely by denying God’s creatorhood. If God did not make us, then we are not liable to them. In order to be strong Christian believers, we must identify and reject this concept of freedom. Identify three ways man is now said to be free from moral constraint and the pain and judgment that comes from this so-called freedom. Only a complete understanding protects us from the evil one’s treacherous bait.