Small Group Study:
What is redemption?
Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at four stories of epic fails and God’s incredible redemption: Paul, David, the younger son from Jesus’ parable, and Peter. All of these are a beautiful pictures of redemption. Redemption is when God takes what is ugly and makes it beautiful; dark to light, bad to good, broken to renewed. Look at the wonderful imagery in the following verses.
Psalm 103:2-5 " Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,  who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,  who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s."
All of us have our own stories of redemption. Whether it is our personal testimony of salvation or one of the many other “pits” that we have found ourselves in, God is faithful and gracious to redeem us and “crown us with steadfast love and mercy.” Share at least one personal story of redemption (it would be great if everyone shared multiple stories).
Why has God chosen to redeem us time and time again? Read Deuteronomy 7:6-8. " “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.  It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,  but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt."
God’s motivation to redeem Israel and his motivation to redeem us is the same. According to the verse above, what is that motivation?
What is the basis for our redemption? As the meaning of the term “redemption” implies, God paid a price in order to redeem us. Read Galatians 3:13 "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.’” Read Ephesian 1:7 "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…."
Jesus’ death on the cross is big enough to cover every sin and failure we’ve ever made. It is big enough to cover every sin committed against us. Is there failure, sin you’ve committed, or sin committed against you, that is hard to believe that God can redeem from bad to good?
Praise God for the amazing redemption in Jesus Christ!