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Word One Bible Study: God and Man

Text: Hebrews 2:14-18 for the Presentation of Jesus, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of Bible Study: God and Man - Presentation of Jesus Epistle

 

Objective
Participants will:
1. Explore the importance of Jesus taking on human flesh for the salvation of the world.
2. Understand that while Jesus is both God and Man He is still one person.
3. Understand that Jesus suffered in every way like us to help us who are being tempted.

Materials
Lutheran Service Book of a copy of the Athanasian Creed
Bibles
Newsprint
Markers

Group Guidelines
Divide into small groups of 4 or 5. The leader will be the person whose last name is closest to the beginning of the alphabet. Give each group a piece of newsprint for the center of their table or floor. The leader should facilitate discussion and keep the group moving, while being sensitive to those who don't wish to speak.

Building Community
Read together the Athanasian Creed (LSB 319). What verses or lines concerning the incarnation stick out to you? What other Bible verses come to mind concerning Jesus' incarnation? How do suffering and temptation relate?

Looking at God's Word
1. Read Galatians 4:4-5. Talk a little about what parallels you see between this text and the Hebrews text. Write them out on your newsprint. What does "under the law" mean?
2. Read again our text from Hebrews 2. What does "he himself likewise partook of the same things" mean? Who does that mean Jesus is?
3. What does our text say Jesus came to destroy?
4. The devil and death are very real things. The devil doesn't always show himself with horns and a pitch fork. How might the devil affect our lives? What about the world? Do we contribute from our own heart to sin and death?
5. Have someone in each group tell a story about when they first were learning to swim. Did the person ever feel trapped or in danger? How did you get rescued? Our text says that we all need to be rescued and that Jesus helps us (He comes not to help the angels, but the children of Abraham). In what ways does Jesus help you?
6. Jesus becomes like one of us in every respect, except He does not sin. Why is that important? Why must He also be God at the same time?
7. The word "propitiation" means to satisfy the wrath of God or to appease Him. What does God require of us because of our sin? What does Jesus supply to Him? Where does Jesus supply this propitiation?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
Saint Paul wrote in Galatians 4 that at the right time, Jesus was born of a woman, born under the Law to redeem those under the law. The writer of the book to the Hebrews says that He that was born of woman was like you in every way. He is a man and He is God. Share with the other groups the points you wrote out on your newsprint. Jesus has destroyed the kingdom of the devil.

Prayer/Closing
Blessed Lord, you came to us as a man in order to free us from our sin. We thank you that you died on the cross to pay for our sins and to appease the wrath of your Father. Continue to send your Holy Spirit among us that we might be comforted by your grace and good gifts that you send into the midst of us. Guard and protect us. In your name we pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published January 2014



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