Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! If you have been following along on The Daily, you know that Jesus had been performing a number of signs and miracles to the amazement and joy of some and vexation of others. Today's passage gives insight into this environment as we see Jesus shrewdly and courageously working through high-stakes witnessing. Let God’s word encourage you to be wise and bold as you spread the gospel, following Jesus' example.
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 7:1-24 ]
1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For not even his brothers believed in him. 6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee.
10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
+ 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 did Jesus stay away from Judea at this time? (v1)
_ Why did Jesus' brothers encourage Him to go to Judea, and what was His reply? (v2-8)
_ What did Jesus then do? (v10)
_ What were people's thoughts on Jesus? (v12)
_ What surprised the Jews about Jesus? (v15)
_ One whose authority did Jesus say he spoke? (v16)
_ What did Jesus say was the reasons the Jews wanted to kill Him? (v7, 19, 23)
_ What does Jesus teach us to do and not do with relation to judgment? (v24)
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
_ In today's passage, we see Jews reacting negatively to being called out for doing wrong--something we can all relate to. When was the last time someone pointed out something wrong in your life? How did you respond?
_ What needs to be corrected in your life now?
_ Based on the passage's instruction, we are to called to judge, but to do so with right judgment. Have you unfairly judged someone? How did you make amends for that? What can you do to improve your judgment in the future?
+ 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)
_ Even with His life on the line, Jesus was driven to share the word of God to those who needed to hear it. Where can you be more bold in your sharing of the word?