Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. The following passage reveals the great promise of the Gospel; that God would come to His disciples in deeper and more personal fashion than just a man alongside of them. Yet it would come at the cost of great sorrow. But a sorrow that would not last! Read! Be encouraged by the following promise given by 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 16.16-24 ]
16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
_ What future event might Jesus be referring to when he says “A little while and you will see me no longer”? V.16
Use as reference: John 7:33-36,
_How is grace and love showed by Christ in V. 18-19
_Why does Jesus say the world will rejoice while the disciples are weeping and sorrowful in V.20?
Use as reference: Mark 10:34, Luke 18:32, Matthew 27:29, Luke 23:35, Psalm 2:3, Luke 24:17-21
_Why wll the disciples eventually be joyful after sorrow?
Use as reference: Jeremiah 31:13-14, Matthew 5:4, John 14:20, John 20:11-23, Acts 2:1-4
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 does the encouragement of Christ’ victory over death, and promise of him coming to you, propel you to chase after him and confess sin before him that you may better walk in newness of life?
_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)