Sometimes its hard to stand up for what you believe when everyone else see’s things differently. That is never more true when it comes to our faith in Christ. Following Jesus means we will have to count the cost of being associated with him in an environment that isn’t always favorable for that. Joseph of Arimathea had to experience that before any of us…in fact, he was the first one through that gate.
We’re going to read about him in the passage we’ll be exploring this Sunday, Luke 23:5-56.
As you think about who Joseph was in the society and culture of that time, what do you think this act of taking Jesus’ body to bury it would cost him?
Have you ever had to go against the flow of the culture around you to be identified as a follower of Christ? How did you feel? What became your motivation for paying the cost to be associated with Him? We might think it’s smarter just to keep our faith a secret…but how does that compare to the message of the Gospel?
This is a thought provoking subject for us in a Post-Christian America. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.
Also – here is the last small group leader’s guide for this quarter: leaders guide 23-50-56