20s & 30s Conference '20: Talk 1 The Paradox of the Cross with Santosh Thomas
What might look weak and pathertic, shines brightly into a dark world! Santosh Thomas opens up John 12: 13-26 to encourage us that even in this needy, broken, COVID 19 world, where death comes to us all, the way to glory comes through Jesus death on the cross.
1. Jesus’ death was NECESSARY to give life to the world v20-26
2. Jesus’ death was POWERFUL to overcome evil and draw all people to himself v27-33
3. Jesus’ death is URGENT to respond while there’s still time v34-36
1. How does this passage encourage us at this time? Reflect together on what these verses show us about the effectiveness and result of Christ’s death. What difference might this make for us today?
2. How might this challenge our understanding of the Christian life? Is it really correct to expect that “the Christian life, which is the best life, looks and feels like death”? (v24-26)
3. What might ‘dying to self’ or ‘the way of the cross’ look like practically for us, individually and collectively, during this season? How can we encourage one another that this really is the best life?
4. Do we share Jesus’ urgency in v35-36? What would that look like realistically in practice?
Santhosh Thomas is one of the pastors at Dundonald Church, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their two young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!
The Jesmond Partnership 20s & 30s Conference is held each year for the congregations of Jesmond Parish Church, St Joseph's Benwell Church and Holy Trinity Gateshead - a group of evangelical churches in the North East of England. See www.church.org.uk for more details.
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