Today is Wednesday, May 1, 2019. In one of Jesus’ final conversations with his disciples before his crucifixion, he provides them with a clear outline for eternal life. Jesus says “I am the way” meaning that there is no other path to the Father or to salvation than through him. Though the world may try to convince us otherwise, Jesus makes it clear that all other “ways” lead to death and eternal separation from God.. Jesus also says “I am the truth”, which is to help us know with complete certainty that his word can be believed. Jesus’ truth is absolute, it is unchanging, it is dependable, it is eternal. His word, not only during his earthly ministry but also Scripture itself, is a gift and a source of hope because we can be assured that his word is truth. Lastly, Jesus says “I am the life”, life is his to give and he has given it freely to all who would believe. If you receive Jesus’ free gift of eternal life, our former selves which are dead in sin, become alive in him. I pray that this passage leads you to rejoice and worship the king who has offered you a way, absolute truth, and life eternal. - Jon
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 14.1-14 ]
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
_ Why would the disciples hearts be troubled?(v. 1)
_ After all of the signs and wonders the disciples have seen Jesus perform, why does Jesus remind them to believe in him? (v 1)
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
_ Do you understand how Jesus and the Father are one?(v 10)
_ What does Jesus mean when he says we can do the works that he has done? (v 12)
_ What does Jesus mean when he says that whatever we ask in his name will be done? (v 14
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
+ 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)