Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019. The following passage will teach how it is the most religious (those who try after pure religiosity), who find themselves to be most hypocritical, and completely blind to who God is… even when they stare right into his eyes! I pray this passage would humble our flesh, and refresh our souls, to understand the complete need of God’s grace to open our eyes. -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 18:28-32 ]
28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor's headquarters.[a] It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32 This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
_ What is the irony of the Pharisees deciding not to enter Pilate’s house as to not be seen as defiled?
Use as reference: Matthew 23:27-33, Matthew 12:34, John 8:44
_What accusations were the Pharisees able to give to Pilate?
Use as reference: John 15:25, John 8:46, Matthew 27:22-23
_Why did the Pharisees not want to judge Jesus by their own laws? V.31
Use as reference: John 10:30-33, Matthew 26:59, Matthew 27:20, John 5:18
_What kind of death was Jesus to die?
Use as reference: John 12:32, Matthew 20:19, Matthew 26:2, Mark 10:33
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
_How might this passage reveal to you where you have a hardened and hypocritical heart?
_What is a simple step of obedience Christ is calling you to take from that repentance?
+ 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)