We’ve been reading about the enemies of Jesus this week. Some rejected Jesus’ claims and some rejected Him because he stood to thwart their own grab for power and position. And as His followers, we can expect the same rejection.
Discuss with your small group what you’ve drawn from your reading this week and how God has spoken to you. Talk about what it means to identify with Christ in His suffering and rejection and how we are to respond when oppressed. Be sure to note that what Jesus commands us to do in response to persecution and rejection is impossible without His help and power. It goes against our natural inclination and is beyond our own means.
You can also pull from the daily questions and use the HEAR method as a structure for your discussion.
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Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?