Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, April 24th, 2019. This passage is one of eternal revelation and simplistic explanation. As we read we will see Jesus plainly proclaim what he has come to accomplish. Simply said, he has come to give life to those who see and understand who he is and where he has come from. Many of us spend endless moments considering what God is really like… Jesus, in profound simplicity, shows us exactly where we may come to know who God is.
Through himself. -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 12.44-50 ]
44 And Jesus cried out and said,“Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I Have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
_ Who is Jesus saying sent him, and who do the disciples see, if they see Jesus? V.44-45
Use as reference: John 12:49, John 14: 1-7, John 10: 22-30, John 10: 14-18, John 10: 34-38
_What does Jesus mean when he gives the choice of ‘remaining in darkness? Vs. 46
Use as reference: Romans 3:11-12, Ephesians 2:1, John 6:53, Colossians 2:13, Proverbs 4:19, Psalm 82:5
_Jesus says in V.48, that his word will be the ultimate judge? Where does Jesus say his word comes from?
Use as reference: John 12:49, John 7:16, John 14: 10-11, Deuteronomy: 19: 18-19, John 12:50
_What does Jesus mean in V.50 when he says that the Father’s commandment is eternal life?
Use as reference: John 3:16, John 10:28-30, 1 John 5:11, John 14:4-7, John 3:36
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
_Jesus gives us a clear choice in this passage; believe and walk with Jesus and know eternal life, or remain in darkness, remain dead in trespasses. How might this passage, even to the steadfast believer, motivate your heart to confess sin, whereby you had turned from the way of Christ?
_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)