This week's Bible study is adapted from The Gospel Project curriculum.
Bible Passages: Genesis 1:26-28; Mark 10:42-45; Revelation 5:9-10
Does fear ever keep you from being bold for Jesus' sake? How do Jesus' promises of presence and authority embolden us for evangelism? What connections are there between snakes and scorpions and the powers of darkness (Luke 10:19)?
Food for Thought:
When I was a kid, my dad would send me on errands on his behalf. "Tell them I sent you," he'd say, and I would do just that. This changed everything. If I had walked into that room -- a hardware store or an office of some sort -- I would have received the natural amount of respect that a scrawny 16-year-old kid deserved, which is not much. But going on my dad's behalf, I suddenly commanded a different response. I had a different kind of authority because all of my father's authority, his relational clout and his experience with those in the room were in effect imparted to me.
To Christians, Jesus says, "Tell them I sent you." For example, Jesus said to His disciples, "Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing will ever harm you" (Luke 10:19).
God didn't place us in His world without authority, and when He calls Christians to follow Him, He once again gives us authority. We're not sent with empty words; we're sent with power and influence. When we show up in Jesus' name, we carry His influence over all the powers of the enemy. It gives us reason never to fear. When we're sent into God's world, we're sent with power and protection.
Why does Jesus promise that He will always be with us and that nothing can separate us from His love? Because the only fear we should have is fear of the One who made heaven and earth!
Prayerfully examine your relationships and ask God to show you places where you need more boldness and authority for the sake of the gospel.
The Gospel Project
The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum that examines the grand narrative of Scripture and how the Gospel transforms the lives of those it touches. Through a three-year study plan, participants are immersed in the Gospel through stories, theological concepts and calls to missions from Genesis to Revelation. Separate study plans for kids and students/adults ensure proper focus and depth. The Gospel Project is designed to unify an entire church under a single Christ-centered curriculum. More information, free samples, and The Gospel Project blog can be found at gospelproject.com.
Other ongoing Bible study options for all ages offered by LifeWay can be found at www.LifeWay.com/SundaySchool.
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