Today is Monday March 25th. In our passage today Jesus talks about the freedom that come from abiding in His words. To abide is to live with. Jesus is calling other to live with His word. If you read the daily then in a way you are abiding in His word, but reading alone isn’t enough. When we abide in Christ and in His word, our lives are opened to the truth. The truth that we are enslaved to sin both big and small. That it is only through Christ that we can be set free. Through Christ’s life of perfect Holiness that we look to emulate. It isn’t enough to only read His word or hear His word, but we must abide in it. Allow it to affect our lives and cause us to live it out. This is what Jesus wants us to know. Because of his life death and resurrection we can now be free to follow Him. We are free not because we heard the Gospel, we are free because in hearing the gospel we ran to the light.
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)
+ 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)
[ John 8:31-38 ]
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
_ Who is Jesus talking to in Vs. 31?
_ How will you know the truth and what will the truth do?
_ What do they ask Jesus in Vs. 33?
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
_ Who is a slave to Sin in Vs. 34?
_ How can the slave be set free in Vs. 36?
_ What does Jesus speak of and what do they seek to do in Vs. 37-38?
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
_ Do you recognize that you are entangled or are you struggling to get free by your own strength?
_ Which of His words do you need to abide in today? What truth do you find hard to believe? (i.e. Forgiveness, Freedom, Following)
_ Often times we are blind to the shackles that imprison us. What of Jesus words draws attention to a potential blindspot.
+ 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)