Will we accept the garments of God’s righteousness and salvation, or will we continue to wear our own garments of shame and defilement?
Writing paper, whiteboard, markers, paper bags (one for each member of the group), construction paper, small children’s scissors, pens, stapler, 3 or 4 realistic-looking toy crowns (Note to group leader: Place each crown in a bag. In the remaining bags, insert a piece of construction paper, a pen, and a pair of scissors.)
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- Distribute bags to group members. If your bag contains a crown, have your group leader place it on your head. If your bag contains paper, pen, and scissors, cut out a crown, draw gems on it, and staple the ends together to fit your head. When everyone is wearing a crown, discuss the difference between God placing a crown of righteousness on your head and trying to get by with your own homemade crown.
- Have you ever advised another person against wearing a potentially embarrassing or inappropriate outfit? What happened?
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- Why do you think we try to make our own crowns instead of accepting the crowns God made for us?
- Thought Questions
Which aspect of Isaiah 6:1-8 is most fascinating to you? Why?
- The description of the Lord
- The description of the seraphs
- Isaiah’s honest assessment of his spiritual condition
- The act of cleansing Isaiah’s sin
- Isaiah’s commission to go
In Isaiah 51:6-8, what will the moths eat up like a garment?
- The heavens and the earth
- The inhabitants of the earth
- False plans of salvation
- Human attempts at righteousness
- The insults of men
In Isaiah 61:3, the “crown of beauty for ashes” refers to:
- Replacing our ruined, crumbling lives with lives of beauty and power.
- Replacing the sackcloth and ashes of mourning with the joy of the Lord.
- God’s crown of righteousness replacing our filthy rags.
- Our acceptance as the bride of Christ (v. 10).
- Finally providing justice to those who’ve been treated unjustly.
- That passage best outlines Jesus’ mission—the most important things to do.
- It shows that Christ is the fulfillment of the prophecy.
- If you want to get people’s attention, claim to be the fulfillment of prophecy!
- Christ was trying to correct the misconceptions about the role and purpose of the Messiah.
- Jesus wanted to show that all true blessings come from the Savior alone.
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to the larger group when your facilitator says time is up.
- Option 1: Using your cell phone camera, take photos of your classmates (with their permission) modeling their crowns—the “good” crowns and the paper crowns. Select one group member to post the photos in a Facebook gallery during the coming week with an explanation of the difference between Christ’s righteousness and our filthy rags. Begin writing a draft of your comments during this group time.
- Option 2: Write out a simple response to this statement: “I don’t need to be a Christian. I’m a good person. God has to accept me for that.”
- Option 3: Using the whiteboard, markers, and your creative imagination, draw “garments of splendor.” Be ready to explain your creative illustrations to the rest of the group.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- Spend three minutes reflecting on this question: “Have I fully accepted Christ’s robe of righteousness, or do I sometimes rely on my own good works?”
- After three minutes, those who choose to may hare their thoughts. Conclude with prayer.