FJ#5: Living With Ridicule

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Following Jesus: #5 – Living With Ridicule

Think about life:

  • When you were growing up was there a kid in the neighborhood or school that everyone picked on? Why do you think that happened? What was the result?

  • Was there a time in your life when you experienced ridicule? What was it like and how did that ridicule affect you?

  • Share examples of ridicule that has happened in the new or on social media?

  • Have you noticed news reports shifting from facts to opinions bordering on ridicule?

  • How does ridicule differ among age groups? (Children, adolescents, young adults, middle age, older adults)

  • Share a story of how your opinion and treatment of a person changed once you learned more about their story.

Digging Deeper into Scripture:

  • Read Mark 15:16-32

    • List all the acts/words of ridicule that Jesus endured. If you had to choose, which act of ridicule seems the worst to you?

    • How does what Jesus deserved as the Son of God compare with what he received?

    • How did Jesus respond to the ridicule? What were his possible options for response?

    • What did Jesus have to know and be sure of in order not to lash out at those ridiculing him?

    • What do we learn from Jesus about responding to ridicule?

  • Read 1 Peter 3:8-17

    • (Verses 9-12) How are we instructed to respond to ridicule?

    • (Verses 13-14) What is the promised reward for doing what is right in spite of ridicule and suffering?

    • (Verses 15-17) What enables us respond in a Christ-like manner and what does that response look like?

  • Read Luke 23:34

    • What did Jesus pray for his enemies and what was his motivation?

    • What barriers do we have to overcome in able to pray that way Jesus prayed?

Scripture readings: Mark 15:16-32; 1 Peter 3:8-17; Lk. 23:34; John 15:18-19