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GENTLY & LOWLY BIBLE STUDY

Introduction

Lesson 2
We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.
Hebrews 4:15

Chapters 3-5
Teaching Video 2

1. Before approaching chapter 3, how would you have answered the question, “What makes Jesus happy”? Has this chapter changed your answer in any way? (pp.35-38)

2. How would you put the quote from Thomas Goodwin on pages 37-38 into your own words? Is this the Christ you have been following and have instinctively believed to be there?

3. What was the joy awaiting Christ (Heb 12:2)? (pp. 39-40)

4. Have you deeply considered Christ’s “solidarity” with you in your Christian discipleship? What does this mean for your everyday life? (pp.45-46)

5. Consider the way in which Jesus is described in the first two full paragraphs on page 47. Is this how you tend to think of Jesus, or do you emphasize his deity and downplay his real humanity in your own thoughts of him?

6. Is it natural for us to think that anguish and pain are an isolating reality in our life? But how does this chapter clarify things for us? (pp. 48-49)

7. What is the significance of the common Greek word root dunamenon, as underscored at the bottom of page 52?

8. Consider the word “gently” in Hebrews 5:2, speaking of the priests and of Jesus as the perfect priest. Does this word surprise you in any way? What difficulty in your life right now that this word calms and heals? (pp. 53-56)

9. Consider the image of a father that John Owen uses in the block quote on page 55. What is Owen saying about the depth of feeling that Christ experiences toward his sinning people? 10. What is the difference between fixing your attention on your sin versus fixing your attention on Christ? (p. 57)

 

Lesson 3
Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
John 6:37

Chapters 6-7
Teaching Video 3

1. What is a particularly precious truth to you emerging from the first half of John 6:37 (“All that the Father gives me will come to me”)? (pp. 60-61)

2. In light of the John Bunyan quote on page 62, consider your own heart. What are some ways in which you find your self wiggling out from under Christ’s promise never to cast you out? What in your life renders it difficult to believe Christ will never cast you out?

3. Do you find you heart operating in a way akin to the mock dialogue between us and Jesus on pages 63-64? How does John 6:37 surprise you?

4. What do you believe to be ultimately determinative of your security in Christ’s heart: your hold on him or his hold of you? What does scripture teach? (pp. 64-64)

5. What does the author mean by “the perseverance of the heart of Christ”? What does this perseverance mean for your life this week? (pp. 65-66)

6. Why do we not feel the full weight and horror of our sin? (pp.67-68)

7. What do Christ’s holiness and purity mean for the way he feels about the sin of those who do not belong to him? What do his holiness and purity mean for the way he feels about the sin of those who belong to him? (pp.69-70)

8. How would you summarize in your own words what Thomas Goodwin is saying in the quote on pages 70-71?

9. In what way(s) does Hosea 11 surprise you about God and his holiness? (pp. 72-74)

10. As you conclude your reflecting on Chapter 7, how has your view of divine holiness been changed or clarified?

Lesson 1
am gentle and lowly in heart.
Matthew 11:29

Chapters 1&2
Teaching Video 1

1. What role does the heart play in a person’s life? What are the implications of this for what Jesus says about his own heart? (pp. 18-19)

2. What are some of the ways in which the New Testament depicts the “lowly’? What does this teach us about Jesus? (pp.19-20)

3. What difference does it make in your everyday life that “no one in human history has ever been more approachable than Jesus Christ”? (p.20)

4. What does Jesus mean when he says, “My yoke is easy”? What does he not mean? (p. 22)

5. According to Thomas Goodwin, what misconception is Jesus correcting when he describes himself as “gentle and lowly”? How do you find yourself falling prey to that misconception in your own thinking? (pp. 23-24)

6. How do Jesus’s actions throughout the four Gospels manifest his heart for sinners? To whom does he naturally gravitate? (pp. 25-27)

7. Does stressing the compassionate love of Christ underemphasize other elements of his character? What considerations must we keep in mind as we answer this question? (pp. 28-29)

8. How is Jesus’s natural impulse toward sin and suffering different from our typical instinct? What can we learn from the example? (p.30)

9. How does Jesus reverse the interplay between the Old Testament categories of clean and unclean? What relevance does this have for your own life? (pp. 30-31)

10. How do we today receive and experience the same compassionate love that Christ demonstrated in his earthly ministry? (pp. 32-33).