It is Monday, March 18, 2019. As we have journeyed through John together, we have seen Jesus remarkably challenging the status quo of the culture. He healed on the Sabbath, talked with a Samaritan woman, demonstrated control over water, equated Himself with the Father, and stood toe to toe with the religious leaders in his youth. Sign after sign fulfilled in Jesus should point those in Galilee and Judea (and us!) to wholehearted belief. Jesus has Good News to share about Himself and His Father if only we believe. He says in John 5:24, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” John the Baptist, His disciples, God the Father, His miracles, and His teaching all bear witness that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ. In today’s passage, we see the people in Jerusalem asking the very same question of themselves that the Samaritans asked in Chapter 4. “Can this be the Christ?” Jesus is asking the same question of each of us today. Who do you say I am? As we genuinely answer this question, yea or nay, we live according to the answer. How then will we live this week? Next? Kim
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 7:25-36 ]
25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” 28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. 29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” 30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”
32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. 34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”
+ 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)
_ Who do we hear speaking in verse 25?
_ What was their primary concern in verse 26?
_ How does that concern change in verse 27?
_ What question are they not asking in the first three verses of themself?
_ What did Jesus boldly proclaim in the midst of skepticism in verses 28-29?
_ What was the response of the listeners in verse 31? Verse 32?
_ What happens when the Pharisees and chief priests send officers to arrest Jesus?
_ How does Jesus’s teaching shift in verses 33 and 34?
_ How are some of the questions the people are asking unfruitful?
_ Why might it be easier to ask some of these questions?
_ What question will each of these people have to ask of themselves?
_ What is a similar question each of us must ask as well?
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)