When Jesus says that He is “gentle and lowly,” it means that saving sinners brings Him joy, that He sympathizes with our weakness, that He is gentle when we stray, and that He sees us through to the end.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What stood out to you in the message “Portraits of Christ: Gentle and Lowly”?
- What portrait or picture is your default image of Jesus? Has the description of Jesus as gentle and lowly been part of your personal portrait of Him prior to this message? Why or why not?
- Read Matthew 11:28-30. Discuss the ways in which you have felt heavy laden in your life.
- The sermon mentioned four implications related to Jesus being gentle and lowly. Which one of these means the most to you in your current season of life?
- Saving sinners brings Jesus joy
- Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses
- Jesus is gentle when we stray
- Jesus sees us through to the end
- Describe how well you feel you do at resting in the favor of the gentle and lowly Christ. What makes it difficult to embrace His rest?
- What could you do to find more rest in Christ and to take His “yoke” upon you?
- If we were able to rest in the favor of Christ, we would be bolder in showing love to others. Do you agree or disagree with that statement?