It is Friday, June 14, 2019. I hope you have enjoyed our journey through the Gospel of John as much as I have. We are a people born into this world at enmity with our Creator. Our inherited sinful nature leaves us spiritually dead (Ephesians 2). We don't need help; we need to be saved!!! All praise to Jesus Christ, our Rescuer!!! Chris Adomanis
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 the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 21:24-25 ]
24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
_ Why/how can we know that John's "testimony is true"? Read 1 John 1:1-4 and Acts 4:19-20.
_ What do you think it means to "bear witness"? Based upon these verses referenced above, should this action be easy or hard to do?
_ What comes to your mind when you hear the term "witness"? What are the some of the ramifications of being a witness? Are there such things as "good" and "bad" witnesses? If so, what are some differences between the two?
_ What point was John trying to make with verse 25? What does this verse tell you about the three year earthly ministry of Jesus?
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
Acts 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible, especially verse 13:
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
I encourage you to REGULARLY spend time with Jesus, through prayer, the reading of His Word and in the company of other believers, and be a good witness for the faith everywhere you go!!!
+ 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)