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The Gist

This week, we’ll see how Jesus is our redeemer and be invited to ask Jesus to redeem both our sin and our situations.

The Point

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The Bible

Genesis 1:31, 3:17–18; Colossians 1:13–20; Psalm 13:1–2

The Conversation

  • Share an embarrasing injury story.

  • How might we cause ourselves pain because of our own actions?

  • How might we experience pain because of something we have no control over?

  • Would anyone like to share a time when you experience failure, hurt, loss, or pain?

  • In your own words, what do you think it means for Jesus to "redeem" someone or something?

  • If you've asked Jesus to redeem you, how has your life changed since then?

  • Is there a painful situation in your life right now that you need Jesus to redeem? How do you want him to redeem it?

  • When life gets difficult, is pain more likely to make you feel weak and afraid (the carrot) or tough and bitter (the egg)?

  • [Read Psalm 13:1–2.] Have you ever felt like saying something like that to God?
    • Why do you think passages like this are included in Scripture?
  • What's one way you hope to grow stronger through pain and difficulty?