Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! Today's story shows the draw that Jesus' ministry had. Jesus ministry had largely been to the Jews at this point, but His numerous miracles, especially the recent miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, caused a such stir in the surrounding area that even the Greeks were beginning to take notice. Let God’s word call you in, and enlighten you with the beauty of the service- and sacrifice-centered life of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
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 12.20-26 ]
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
_ Why were Greeks among the throngs of Jews headed to Jerusalem for the Passover? (v21)
_ When the Greeks expressed an interest to see Jesus, what did Andrew and Philip do? (v22)
_ What did say that it was time for? (v23)
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
_ What does Jesus' analogy of a grain of wheat mean? (v24)
_ What does v25 tell us about eternal life?
_ What must servants of Jesus do? (v26)
_ What promise does Jesus make in v26?
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
_ Where are you clinging too closely to this life instead of focusing on eternal life?
_ What aspects of your life are you afraid to let go of, to let die, that are keeping you from bearing fruit
_ How is Jesus calling you to follow and serve Him?
+ 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)