Think of a time when you messed up really badly and someone showed you grace (i.e., didn’t come down on you like you deserved)? How did that person’s grace make you feel toward him or her and about what you did?
1. Read Isaiah 6:1-4. Isaiah lived several hundred years before Jesus did and in this story, he sees a strange vision. Isaiah was a prophet (people who hear messages from God and give them to the people). Describe in your own words what Isaiah sees.
2. How do the seraphim describe the Lord in verse 3?
3. What do you think it means that the Lord is holy and that the whole earth is full of his glory?
5. In verses 6-7 an angel flies over and touches a burning coal to Isaiah’s lips. What’s that about? What is the difference between Isaiah’s attitude between verse 5 and verse 8? What changes for Isaiah between those verses?
6. Read Luke 5:4-10. How is Isaiah’s experience with the Lord like what we experience when we meet Jesus Christ?
7. Why do we need to see God’s holiness and our sinfulness to appreciate the grace that comes to us through Jesus Christ?
8. There are lots of ways we “shrink Jesus’ cross” in our experience. Look at this list for some of the ways this happens. What is one of the ways on this list you can relate to?
9. How can a growing appreciation of Jesus’ grace keep you from “shrinking Jesus’ cross” in the way you mentioned?
10. Just as Isaiah and Peter became God’s messengers when they experienced his grace, the same is true for us. Who is someone you’d like to tell about the grace of Jesus we’ve learned about in this study?
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