After enduring persecutions and accusations from the Jewish leaders and people in chapter 7, our Messiah is back at the temple once again teaching. The Scribes (those who copied and taught the scriptures) and the Pharisees conspired together to trap Jesus. They brought before Him and the crowd of listeners a woman caught in the act of adultery. Would Jesus break from Jewish law concerning dealing with such matters? Would He keep the Jewish law and instead break the Roman law? As always, here we see our Lord and our God transcend laws and speak straight into the hearts of men. -- 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 8:1-11 ]
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
+ 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)
_ Note the order of departure of Jesus’ accusers -- what sticks out and what is the significance? (v. 9)
_ Look at verse 11 and commit it to your heart for a moment. Jesus’ response is full of the grace and truth told of in John 1:14. If we are to strive to be like our Christ, how does this instruct us to walk and admonish others to walk?
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
_ This passage is so deeply instructive on how we are to live as Christ followers. How does it balance out against Mark 12:28-34?
+ 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)