Today is Wednesday, February 20th, 2019. “O Lord, you have searched me and know me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar….Where shall I go from your Spirit” These are David’s words in Psalm 139 and they come to mind when reading John 2:23-25. Jesus knows our hearts, he is not fooled by insincere belief. This passage highlights the wonderful promise that Jesus entrust himself to those who truly believe but it also gives warning to those who would profess belief with their lips while living with faithless hearts. - 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)
23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
+ 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)
_ Read Psalm 139
_ Is it wrong to believe in the Lord because we’ve seen signs and wonders? (v 23)
_ Why did Jesus not entrust himself to the people? (v 24)
_ How does v. 24 serve as both a glorious promise and a terrifying warning?(v 24)
_ What guidance does v. 25 give us about the need to care for our souls? How does this drive us to prayer and repentance? (v 25)
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)