Today is Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The danger of believing lies is that it is often hard to hear and accept the truth. That is the crux of Jesus’ rebuke to the religious leaders. Jesus says you are for him and believe him, or you are against him and with the devil. Jesus does not hide his identity or his relationship with the Father, but continues to insist on the truth of his testimony. --Monica
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 8:39-47 ]
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.
_ (v. 39-40) What does Jesus accuse the teachers of the law of?
_ (v. 41-43) While the teachers of the law claim even God as their Father, how does Jesus respond?
44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
_ (v. 44) Why does Jesus say their father is the devil?
_ (v. 44) What is the devil like? What are his characteristics?
47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
_ (v. 47) How does Jesus conclude?
_What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
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 I truly believe that Jesus is who He says He is? Am I for him or against him?
_ Are there places in my life that I let the devil take control of, where I listen to lies or even spread them to others? Do I need to confess?
+ 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)