In this second session on Jesus, we look at the flip-side to last week – Jesus’ lordship.
The aim again is to come to an understanding as to what this means and then, from there, to look at the implications that this has for our own lives. In this meeting, we will do the worship section after the word.
If you were to get a tattoo what would it be and where would you have it?
Last week we looked at Jesus’ humanity. In this episode, Peter recognises that there is more to Jesus than just this. What does Peter’s answer mean?
This lifts Jesus out of the realm of being only human and starts to indicate his divinity. The word ‘Christ’ is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word ‘Messiah’ (meaning anointed) and points to Jesus as the fulfilment of the Old Testament hope. Again, use this question as an initial discussion starter.
Colossians 1: 15-20. Have your piece of paper with the two columns on it from last week ready. Take a good fifteen or so minutes to go through this passage, verse by verse, discussing what it means. Really probe people deeply - do not let them get away with pat answers and jargon. What is this passage really saying about Jesus? As you discuss, write down under the heading “Jesus’ lordship” all the keywords that describe Jesus (i.e. Image of God, creator etc.).
Have the piece of paper so that everyone can see it. Give everyone a minute to look at it and then ask, now that we have a fuller picture of who Jesus is,
- What does he mean to us personally?
- What response do we want to make to him?
Are there any areas of our lives that we need to make him lord over?
There may be some people who have never fully recognised Jesus’ lordship and want to do that now. As the group talks, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. There may be people who want to be led through a prayer acknowledging Jesus’ lordship over their lives and who want to commit themselves to him. Don’t be afraid to do this! Also, encourage people not to internalise their thoughts, but to speak them out loud to the group, however vulnerable this might make them feel. As people are open, community will be built so that we can support and help each other grow in God in the student environment.
pray for each other.
After looking at the lordship of Jesus, what else can we do except spend some time worshipping him?! Use the different things that people have said and written down to spend these twenty minutes praising Jesus for who he is.
Last week we identified five major issues in college and prayed for them. Take some time to discuss them further - ask if anybody has had any more insights into these things - and then pray again for your university, focusing on the five issues.