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Welcome to our group! So everyone can get to know everyone, go around the room taking turns telling the group ... 1. Your name. 2. And an answer to one or the other of these two questions: Describe what paradise might look like for you or describe a place or a time that seemed most like paradise. - or When you picture Jesus, what does he look like to you? Now, take turns answering these questions. Not everyone need answer each question. Try not to be the person who is first to answer them all. This week Pastor Keith discussed the so-called second saying of Jesus from the cross: “Today you will be with me in paradise” (NIV 1984). Open a Bible to Luke 23:32-43 and have someone read it the group. 3. What detail of this scene is most appalling to you? Why? 4. What detail of this scene is most beautiful or inspiring to you? Why? 5. For what reasons do you think God had Jesus crucified between two criminals? 6. What might the criminals be intended to teach us about our salvation? About responding to Jesus? Have someone read Matthew 27:44 and another read Mark 15:32 to the group. It is widely accepted that the Gospels were written in this order: Mark, then Matthew, then Luke and last John. 7. What detail is different in Mark’s and Matthew’s accounts of the criminals? What might be some possible reasons for these differing details? Have someone read Mark 2:1-12 to the group. Here we find another story where people have differing responses to Jesus. Some reject him, some put their faith in him. 8. Who in this story has faith in Christ? Who does not? 9. What part does each person in the story have in why Jesus heals this man? The man himself? The four friends? The Pharisees? 10. Jesus proves that He has the power to forgive sins by healing this man? Has there been a time in your life that Jesus proved himself to you? Great or small? Something recent? 11. What does this story encourage you to do for Jesus? As one other example of how people respond to Jesus, Pastor Keith discussed the classic “Liar, Lunatic or Lord” approach to defining or defending who Jesus claimed to be. It is this: If a person claims to be God or the Son of God, he is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord. He cannot be just a good moral teacher if he claimed this and is not this. 12. Do you agree with this idea? This logic? Do you get it? 13. Do you know anyone who says that Jesus Christ was just a great man or a great moral teacher? 14. Was there a time in your life that you thought that Jesus was just a great man or a great moral teacher? 15. Who do you say Jesus Christ is today? Closing: 16. Is there anything we didn’t discuss about this Sunday’s message that was interesting or important to you? 17. Now, let’s pray. Go around the room and share any concerns for which you would like prayer. Then, either take turns praying for the shared concerns, or invite a few who are comfortable with praying in public to pray.