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- Week 1 - Community Group: To the Cross (4/2/2017 – 4/8/2017) Page 2

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Week 1 – To The Cross ( 4/2/2017 – 4/8/2017)


30 Minutes:                    Everyone arrive/mingle/eat if food

10-15 Minutes:                Group Opener Question

30 Minutes:                     Message Review/ Bible Story/ Questions

15 Minutes:                     Prayer Time


1.    Opener (10min)

a.      Ask each person the following question: What is your best Spring Break memory?


2.    Message Review/ Bible Story/ Questions (30min)

  1. Sunday Message Summary - read aloud so that everyone can remember or hear for the first time.
  2. Sermon Title: “One Bad Night”

Scripture Passage:

Matthew 26:14–16

14 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Matthew 26:31–35

31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 33 Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Matthew 26:36–43 (ESV)

 36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.

1.      Jesus’s response to the disciples sleeping.

a.      No yelling at them, just a statement and then “Let’s go” - Psalm 103:8

b.      God is saying “Let’s go” to some of you

2.      Jesus’s response to Peter

a.      Forgiveness

b.      Restoration - John 21:15–17

3.      Jesus’s response to Judas - Matthew 27:3–5

a.      Judas never gave Jesus the opportunity to respond.

b.      When we are just sorry for our sins, we are left to deal with the repercussions and guilt on our own.  It becomes crippling.

c.      Judas was with the same Jesus as Peter, yet he never knew Him as the one he could go back to.


3. Life Application Questions (Don’t have to do every question)


  1. Which of the three circumstances can you relate to most – Judas leaving Jesus, Peter refusing to listen to Jesus, or the 3 disciples falling asleep when Jesus asked them to stay awake?
  2. Are there times in your life when you have placed God in a box and determined the expectations for Him, and then been disappointed?
  3. When God convicts us of sin, what are some unhealthy ways we can respond (like Peter not listening)?  What are healthy ways to respond?
  4. What are some examples of things God has called us to that we can “fall asleep” on? Why does that happen?
  1. Do you think most non-Christians view God as patient, forgiving, and restoring?  How can we demonstrate that to people?

4. Prayer Points (15 min)

1. Pray for understanding of God’s amazing grace.

2. Pray for encouragement and faith to prevail.

3. Pray for the ability to extend the same grace to others.

4. Pray for the people God would have you share His gospel with.