Gethsemane – Rooted

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The Garden of Gethsemane was where olives were pressed, a fitting image for the pressing of Jesus’s soul as he prayed in agony the night before his crucifixion. In this sermon, Ian invites us to pray like Jesus did, with honesty and vulnerability, trusting that God will meet us in our own pressing pain and strengthen us.

 Sermon Discussion Questions

Matthew 26: 36–46 (Ian’s sermon, 6/23/19) 

  1. Reading the account of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, what strikes you, surprises you, encourages you, or disturbs you? Where do you see evidence of Jesus’s humanity in this passage? 
  2. Gethsemane is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew term for olive oil press. Do you see a relationship between the pressing of olives and Jesus’s time of prayer and agony? Explain.
  3. Looking at Jesus’s three prayers, what subtle differences do you notice? How would you describe any shifts happening as Jesus prays in Gethsemane?  
  4. “When we learn to pray, the first step is not learning the ‘right’ words or phrases; the first step is always complete honesty and vulnerability,” Ian argued. How would you describe your own experience of learning how to pray? How would you describe your relationship with honesty when it comes to prayer? What about your relationship with vulnerability?
  5. “If we are to be formed in prayer, we need to be malleable to God’s response to our prayers,” Ian said. What do you think he means by “malleable”? To what extent does “malleable” describe Jesus in his prayer?
  6. Set aside a few moments to be vulnerable with God in prayer, honestly praying your doubts, fears, anxiety, or pain, and trusting that he will honor your honesty.