Today is Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017; I am excited to learn with you! This coming Sunday we take a deeper look at the series called “Center”, where we learn more of the dealings of Christ and how to center upon his presence. In today’s passage, we learn that Jesus is the center of everything in our lives and how having Jesus at the center completes our joy. - June
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Picture in your head the best man in a wedding standing right there by the bridegroom with a BIG smile... He is the man in charge to make sure everything goes smoothly. He is there to listen and wait for the bridegroom. His joy is completed when he hears the voice of the bridegroom.
_In what area in our life do we need to listen and wait for the bridegroom? In what area in our lives must we become less and let Him become greater?
_ How is the Lord working in the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Father, would you teach me how to wait and listen for your voice as you take the center in every aspect of my life? Holy Spirit, I ask your presence will be with me today as I remember that my joy is completed when I become less and you become greater in me.
DISCOVER [John 10. 27-30]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John uses the metaphor of the bridegroom and his friend to describe who he is in relation to who Jesus is. One could interpret this friend of the bridegroom as the best man because the best man stands as a friend to the bridegroom. Without hesitation, he declares that he is not the Christ, but is the one who is sent to prepare the way for Jesus to come.
_What do we learn about John the Baptist from verse 28?
_What kind of statement is John making when he says “I am not the Christ” and how hard would it have been not to say “I am the Christ the one you have been looking for”?
_ What is best man’s role for the bridegroom at the wedding from verse 29?
_Think about how overjoyed the best man(you) would be for his best friend who is about to be with his bride?
_ Does the best man take the “center stage”?
_What area in your current life are you tempted to take the “center stage” in a popularity contest?
_Just like John in the text, have you ever been in a situation where you took the credit or lied about yourself out of expectation and social pressure?
_Where does true joy come from?
_How is your joy completed and your purpose fulfilled according to verse 29?
_Are you struggling to become less and let Jesus take the center? Are you willing to declare that “He MUST become greater” in your life?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond with a simple step of action? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ How does what I just learned about the power, providence, passion, and person of Jesus, encourage me, and then command me to walk in obedience to what he is calling me to do this week?
_Have I been relying on my own abilities or the sovereignty of Him who holds His sheep in His hand?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus? (one on one or facilitating your own group), what is your next step, do you have the resources you need?