It is Friday, February 8, 2019. For many reasons, I believe the first Chapter of the Gospel of John to be one of the most important sections in all of Scripture. In these final three verses of the prologue, John focuses on the abundance of divine grace found in the Word, the only God, Jesus Christ. We MUST understand this grace to know and communicate the gospel of Jesus, first to ourselves, then to others!!! Chris Adomanis
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)
16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
+ 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)
_ How would you define these three words found in verse 16: fullness, received, grace. What does this tell you about us? What does it tell you about God?
_ Some scholars believe a better translation of "grace upon grace" is "grace instead of grace", especially in light of verse 17. Was their "grace" offered in the giving of the Law by God to Moses? Why or why not?
_ Why does John add the word "truth" to grace in what has been given to us through Jesus in verse 17? What is truth? Read John 18:37-38.
_ Who is the "only God" mentioned in verse 18; the Father, Jesus or both?What do you think it means that "he has made him known"? How? To whom?
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?
The Grace of God is at the heart of the Gospel message. It reminds us that we are WHOLLY depended upon God for our salvation. We bring ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to this Divine initiated transaction. Repent of ever taking this TOTALLY unmerited favor of God for granted and revel in His grace and mercy to us, His rebellious and unworthy subjects!!!
+ 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)