Jesus Christ lived a perfect and sinless life, died in the place of sinners, absorbing the wrath of God, paying the penalty for our sins and reconciling us to God. On the cross Jesus Christ suffered and died in our place to forgive us, love us, cleanse us, and embrace us as the punishment for our sins was shifted from us to Jesus. Because Jesus died for our sins we confess our sins to Jesus Christ and one another, put sin to death in our life, forgive one another, and invite others to do the same.
Something to consider: God restores us through a great sacrifice.
1 Corinthians 1:18
Have faith, believe
2 Corinthians 7:10
Acts 2:38, 41
Acts 8:12, 16, 36-38
Acts 16:15, 33
1 Corinthians 12:13
Live a holy life
2 Peter 1:5-11
1 Corinthians 10:13
2 Timothy 3:16-17
1 Peter 2:21
1 Peter 3:12, 15
1 Peter 5:6
Now that we've looked at a number of verses, we encourage you to explore these questions with your group or in a journal.
Why is it essential for the redemption of mankind that Christ literally died?
What is Atonement?
What is Justification?
How is God’s wrath poured out on Jesus an act of love?
Knowledge is good, but knowing how to act on that knowledge is better. Explore some of these questions about how our knowledge affects our lives.
In what ways do you look at the life of Jesus as an example for how to live yours?
How should you live your life differently in response to the atonement?
Who would you be willing to die for?
How does Christ’s death show you how much God loves you?