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Word One Bible Study: Lent 5 Epistle

Faith is a Family Affair

Text: Isaiah 50:4-9 for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of Word One Bible Study for Lent 5 Epistle.

Objectives
Participants will realize that a caring God leads them through the temptations and challenges of life.

Materials
Paper
Pens or pencils
Newsprint
Markers

Getting Started
1.In small groups of 6-8 people, share a thought that comes to mind when you think of Palm Sunday.
2.In the same group, share something that comes to your mind when you think of Christ's Passion.
3.Think of a time recently when you felt alone, helpless or without guidance, but found strength, reassurance and direction from your relationship to Jesus Christ.
4.Take a few moments and write down what is important to you about Christ's suffering and death. When all have finished, share what you feel comfortable about with the group.

Getting into Scripture
1.Read Isaiah 50:4-9b individually. Then read as a group.
a.Write on the newsprint all the things that the Suffering Servant will do for us.
2.Study the list of things you have written and develop a list of situations that you confront today in which the Suffering Servant can assist you.
3.Reread the text and answer the following:
a.Verse 6 anticipates the ultimate suffering. How is that ultimate suffering described in Isaiah 52:13-53:12?
b.Verse 8 indicates that the Suffering Servant will vindicate us. How does he vindicate the believer?
c.How does a text like this make you feel? Does it draw you closer to God? Why or why not?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
1.Share something you have learned about yourself from this study.
2.Because of what Christ did for you as the Suffering Servant, what are you able to do?
3.What are some ways you can grow closer to Christ?

Closing
1.Assemble all groups in one large circle. Join hands and pray together. Select someone to lead a prayer in which the group prays for God's help to grow in their relationship to Him. Allow time in the prayer for silent meditation so that each can reflect on how the study together has touched their life, then offer a chance for those who wish to offer special concerns. When all have finished, the leader should close the prayer.
2.Conclude by singing an appropriate song about growing in faith.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in March 2014 for youthESource.



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