A growing tension was developing towards Jesus. The Jewish leaders even sought to kill Him. Not only was he healing on the sabbath, but He was declaring that God was His Father, and declaring Himself equal to God. He declared this without pause, without reservation, and without qualification. This was blasphemy of the highest order to the Jewish leaders. Let’s look at our Lord’s response to their fury. -- Amy
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)
[ John 19-24]
19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
+ 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 can the Son do nothing by Himself? (v. 19)
_ What “far greater” things did Jesus do beyond healing the lame man (look back at verses 1-15 of Chapter 5)? (v. 20)
_ Why does Jesus have the authority to raise the dead? (v. 21)
_ How is the interconnectedness of the Father to the Son understood in verse 23?
_ How does one receive eternal life? (v. 24)
_ What happens if you do not honor the Son? (v. 23)
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 are we honoring the Son in our lives?
_ The crippled man’s healing was used as a witness. What ways has Jesus healed your brokenness (physical, mental, spiritual)? Pray about how that may be used to witness and glorify the Son.
+ 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)