The Suffering Servant
Passage: Isaiah 53:1-12
Memory Verse for the Week: Isaiah 53:4-6 (ESV)
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Intro: What is your worst nightmare? (And what’s revealed?)
THE WORST PROBLEM
What is the problem of suffering?
THE LORD’S RESPONSE
What has God done about it? Who volunteers for this assignment?!
WHAT CHANGES FOR US?
What does that mean for us if we trust Him?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Praise God for His profound wisdom in saving us in Christ by using weakness. Worship Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for His kindness and strength to take our place and bear our guilt and wreckage.
2. How are you guilty of trusting in human power (skill, beauty, or riches) to meet your ultimate needs? Confess your idolatry to Jesus and trust Him to wash you and change your heart to trust Him more than anyone or anything.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for His willingness to suffer to rescue people like us! Thank Him for bearing pain, ugliness, rejection, sorrow, worthlessness, guilt and even death in order to totally solve the problem of our brokenness.
4. Who is closest to you that does not know Christ? Pray for them, asking the Lord to pour out His Spirit into their hearts to open their eyes to see and their ears to hear Him as their God and Savior.
5. Ask the Spirit to give you understanding into God’s ways and how He binds Himself to His people in love and mercy. Pray for God’s work in your weakness and to open your eyes where you’ve been blind.
The Facilitator is a study tool designed to help you engage with the weekly sermon through the five elements we incorporate in our Community Groups; Get Acquainted & Sharing, Sermon Study, Mission, Worship and Prayer. This tool will be made available Monday morning to give us the opportunity to look back at what we heard on Sunday.