Today is Wednesday, February 6th, 2019. John’s audience in writing this gospel is the Jew’s. The Jew’s, as students of the Old Testament writings, would have known that the law and wisdom give “light”. Therefore, when John says that the “true light” has come into the world he is communicating that the full revelation of God’s truth has arrived in the world. But let us not look past the fact that the “true light” had to come into the world, which is characterized by darkness. This shows us that there is nothing good in the world, that this world is in desperate need of a savior. Many will reject the savior and not receive Him, but John doesn't leave us without hope. In verse 12 John pens one of the most glorious verses in all of scripture. “But to all who did receive him, who believe in his name, HE GAVE THE RIGHT TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD.” What a glorious truth! We are not merely acquaintances, friends, distant cousins, etc. but rather we have been adopted as children of the most high God. I pray that you will worship the Lord today in response to this glorious truth. -Jon
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Why does John use “light” to describe Jesus in this passage (v 9)
_ What do we learn about Jesus in verse 10? (v 10)
_ What do we learn about the state of man in verse 10-11? (v 10-11)
_ What does John mean when he says “not born of the will of the flesh”? (v 13)
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)