Gentle and Lowly: Session 12 (Spring 2022)

Session 12 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 22, 23, Epilogue Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions Ortlund ends his book by describing the anguish of the cross, but he explains that spiritual anguish Christ felt as he absorbed the sum total of righteous divine wrath upon himself as infinitely greater than any physical torture he endured. All of this suffering was so that we, his enemies, could be saved and made his. This was what “loving to the end” meant in John 13:1. What does this love reveal......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 11 (Spring 2022)

Session 10 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 20-21 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions In chapter 20, Ortlund turns to the Galatians to “bring the heart of Christ to bear on our chronic tendency to function out of the subtle belief that our obedience strengthens the love of God” (p. 182). What are the lies you might be tempted to believe about how your obedience changes how God feels about you? Your disobedience? Galatians 3:10 asserts that “all who rely on works of the law are under a......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 10 (Spring 2022)

Session 10 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 18-19 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions Ortlund quotes Goodwin who writes, “The greater the misery is, the more is the pity when the party is beloved. Now of all miseries, sin is the greatest” (p. 167). How have you seen the misery of sin in your life? God’s indictments on pp. 163-64 express just how depraved Israel was, and yet it is meant to highlight all the more God’s heart in Jeremiah 31:20, “For as often as I speak against......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 9 (Spring 2022)

Session 9 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 16-17 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions Before reading chapter 16, how would you have described “the glory of God?” What images, ideas, or thoughts come most readily come to your mind and how has this chapter corrected, given insight, or nuanced your understanding of it? Read Exodus 34:6-7: 6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 8 (Spring 2022)

Session 8 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 14-15 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions W. Tozer’s statement is often quoted: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” For yourself personally, what are some of the words, mental images, or even Bible passages that come to mind when you think about who God (specifically the Father) is? What are some of the reasons or influences that have shaped your view of Him in that way (e.g. Sunday School, family......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 7 (Spring 2022)

Session 7 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 12-13 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions “Though the crowds call him the friend of sinners as an indictment, the label is one of unspeakable comfort for those who know themselves to be sinners. That Jesus is friend to sinners is only contemptible to those who feel themselves not to be in that category” (114). For you, what is the hardest part of seeing Jesus as a “friend?” “[Jesus] isn’t waiting for you to trigger his heart; he is already standing......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 6 (Spring 2022)

Session 6 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 10-11 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions When we think of God, we are often captivated by His holiness and His glory. And while it is true that His glory does indeed draw “us in and causes us to conquer our sins and make us radiant people” (97), it is only because we have been touched by the beauty and loveliness of His heart. Read and meditate over the following passages. What does each passage say about the heart of God?......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 5 (Spring 2022)

Session 5 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 8-9 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions The author begins this section by pointing out that, “When we talk about Christ’s intercession, we are talking about what Jesus is doing now. There has been a remarkable recovery of the glory of what Christ did back then, in his life, death, and resurrection … But what about what he is doing now?” (77). Before you read Chapters 8 and 9, what did you picture Christ doing in the present moment? How have......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 4 (Spring 2022)

Session 4 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 6-7 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions Ortlund correctly assumes from Jesus’ words that we have innate suspicions of his deepest heart (61). If we didn’t, why would Jesus need to assure us that he would never cast us out (John 6:37b)? In light of this assumption, what fears and suspicions do you have of Jesus’ heart toward you? As you consider what these fears and suspicions are, consider also when these fears and suspicions arise. Think on the phrase used......

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Gentle and Lowly: Session 3 (Spring 2022)

Session 3 – Small Group Study Guide Gentle and Lowly Chapters 4-5 Download: Word | Download: PDF Study Questions It is one thing to imagine suffering and another to experience it firsthand. If you have gone through significant suffering (financial struggle, health issues, relational loss, injustice), how has the experience of suffering changed how you approach others who are struggling? Commenting on Hebrews 4:15 (“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet......

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