“Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead for four days” (John 11:39)...sometimes the King James version adds the right spice level. Lazarus was clearly dead. Like, dead, dead. Nearing His own crucifixion, Jesus displays His own authority over death and the grave. Here we see our Savior declare Himself the resurrection and the life both in this world and throughout eternity. -- Amy
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 11:17-28 ]
17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.
_ Meditate on verse 19. What is the significance of this verse and how does it tie into the Gospel spreading?
_ Why do you think John records Martha meeting Jesus but Mary remaining in the house? (v. 20)
21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
_ At first glance, it may look like Martha is going to blame the the Living God in verse 21 but clearly we find she is not doing this by verse 22. How does the first and second part of Martha’s comment to Jesus reveal her heart?
24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
_ In verses 25 - 26, we find Jesus asking the most important question a man can ever hear and find the answer to. What absolute and exclusive claim is Jesus making?
_ Who does Martha proclaim that Jesus is? (v. 27)
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
_ Search your heart. Is there any way you can more boldly spread the Good News found in this passage?
+ 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)