The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness
a collaborative work by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington

Chapter 1

The Unique Qualifications of the Apostles

 

Introductory Question:  In many countries the people elect “representatives” to represent them in governmental matters.  The authors tell us that the apostles are “representatives” of Christ.  Although the apostles were not popularly elected as is commonly done in democratic countries, they were uniquely selected to represent Christ, not only for their generation, but also for all following generations.  Do you see yourself as a representative of Christ with a similar opportunity for such a legacy?  Why/why not?

The Apostles: Eyewitnesses

 

  1. If you have ever been in an automobile accident, have you noticed that there are at least two versions of the events? (“The light was green!” … “The light was most definitely red!”) Is it the “telephone game” dynamic or is something more sinister at work?

 

  1. When you consider the eyewitness testimony of the apostles are their “stories” consistent?

 

  1. When you consider that all of the apostles, except for John, who was exiled on the island of Patmos, died martyrs’ deaths, does this fact tell you anything about how convinced they were of Christ’s resurrection?

 

  1. When you consider that the eyewitness testimony of the apostles garnered them martyrs’ deaths, is there a difference between dying for a fact, known here in this world, versus a promise of something wonderful in the next life?

The Apostles: Supernaturally Empowered by the Holy Spirit

 

  1. What kept the apostles from suffering from “selective memories?”

 

  1. When did the Holy Spirit enter into the lives of the Apostles?

 

  1. Have you sensed the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?  How and when did that happen?

 

 

The Apostles:  Uniquely and Personally Commissioned by Christ

 

  1. An ambassador is commissioned by his government to represent his country in foreign lands.  If you were an ambassador, what would happen if a foreign country refused to receive you?  Could war result from the “strained relationship?”

 

  1. According to the authors, the disciples, with the unique and personal commission from Christ, enjoy a heightened reliability.  Would an ambassador’s personal commission from the president of a country be similar?  Why or why not?
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