Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, April 10th, 2019. The passage we are about to dig into, reveals a type of blindness we would rather not contemplate. A blindness where one can see, but is so stone hearted they are not moved, and make the choice to stay in darkness. It’s one thing to miss the sign of Christ; it is another to see it, yet remain in the evil day. I pray this passage would be a warning to our hearts, as well as an encouragement by the truth of the Gospel. All persons who hear the Gospel are faced with two roads. I pray you are encouraged by the road you have taken in Christ. -Max
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?
_What was the best thing that happened to you this last week? What was the most difficult?
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 the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 12.9-11 ]
9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
_ What causes the crowd to gather in vs. 9?
Use as reference: John 11:45-54, John 12:16-19
_Why do the chief priests want to kill Lazarus as well? Vs. 11
_Why might the chief priests so willfully disregard such a sign and true testimony of Lazarus, to the effect of having a desire to put him to death?
Use as reference: John 11: 38-45, John 12:37-43, John 9:35-41
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
_Now seeing that the Gospel reveals blindness, how might this move you to repentance in regards to hardness of heart?
_What is a simple step of obedience Christ is calling you to take?
+ 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)