Hey there loved ones! Today is Wednesday, February 13th, 2019. In today’s passage we will discover that following the lamb of God, means coming to know God personally. I pray this passage would stir up our affections for Christ Jesus and the amazing news he invites us to hear and partake in. -Max
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?
_ What was the best thing that happened to you this last week? What was the most difficult?
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)
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
+ 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)
_ What is John inferring when he calls Jesus the “Lamb of God”? Use John 1:29 and Hebrews 9:12 as reference.
_ How do verses 35-38 reflect what John says in John 3:25-30 that “I must decrease so that He may increase”?
_ Why do you think Jesus is so interested in the reason these two men are pursuing him? How do the disciples respond to the question. V.38
_ How does Jesus respond to the disciples question? What might this reflect of Christ’s desire? Use 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 as reference.
_ What is Andrew’s motivation for retrieving his brother Simon? V.41
_ What is the significance in Jesus changing the name that Simon is to go by? What is symbolic of it? Please use John 3: 1-8 as reference
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
_ How does this passage showing the invitation of Christ, as well as the supremacy of Christ, encourage us to lay aside all ways of life we once walked in, all objects of society’s teaching, and pursue after Christ and his way of life alone?
_ How does the Gospel of Christ liberate you from hiding and living in sin?
+ 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)