Jesus is Worth It [ Hebrews 12:1-3 ]

Today is Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  Jesus is worth it. As we journey through our Christian walk we are called to throw off sin, to put aside everything that does not bring glory to God.  We are also called to run the race well, to endure and persevere through the hardships of life. Are we just to do these things out of legalism or fear?  Absolutely not! The author of Hebrews tells us to do these things by “looking to Jesus.” Jesus is why we throw off sin. Jesus is why we run the race. We do these things because Jesus is worth it.  Paul says in Philippians that he “counts everything as rubbish compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.” As you war against sin and the devil, as you persevere through the painful and challenging moments of life, do so by looking to Jesus because he is worth it. - 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.

CONNECT

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)

[ Hebrews 12:1-3 ]
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
_ Who are the great cloud of witnesses (v. 1)
_ Why are we to throw aside every weight and sin? (v 1)
_ Why does sin cling so closely to us?(v 1)
_ How did Jesus “perfect our faith”? (v 2)
_ What was the joy set before Jesus? (v 2)

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)

Rescuer [ Psalm 71:1-14 ]

Greetings! Throughout John’s Gospel we have seen Jesus as the Rescuer. Psalm 71 is a wonderful prayer that shows the confidence we can have in God as we call on Him to rescue. May we always look to the Lord in times of difficulty. David


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.

CONNECT

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)

[ Psalm 71:1-14 ]
In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! 2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! 3 Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 
_
Who does the Psalmist take refuge in?
_ What does it mean that the Lord is a rock of refuge?
_ How is this cry for help similar to the plea in John 12?

4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. 5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. 6 Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you. 7 I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. 

_ Who does the Psalmist want to be delivered from
_ Why is the Psalmist filled with praise

9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent. 10 For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together 11 and say, “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.” 12 O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! 13 May my accusers be put to shame and consumed; with scorn and disgrace may they be covered who seek my hurt. 14 But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. 
_
What are the enemies saying about God
_ What does the Psalmist say he will do continually

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
_ What areas of life are you feeling discouraged and in need of a rescuer?
+ 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)

Isaiah’s Prophecy - Fulfilled in Christ - [ Isaiah 42:1-9 ]

Throughout John’s gospel, he gives us glimpses of the glory of Jesus Christ, the Rescuer, the Redeemer, the Savior that was promised in the Old Testament.  Today as we walk into Passion Week, we see that Isaiah gave similar glimpses of Jesus’s glory 600 years before the Incarnation. Isaiah reminds God’s people in 66 chapters of a number of things.  First that man is sinful and deserves judgement. But he also shares that God promises to REDEEM His people from this judgement, both Jews and Gentiles. How? Isaiah prophesies that God would do the work Himself, through the Messiah, a mighty King and a Suffering Servant.  Today, Monday, April 15, 2019, in this passage we see some of the prophesied miraculous signs which would reveal this Redeemer when He came. Jesus Himself reads the words of Isaiah’s prophecy on the Sabbath in Nazareth and says it is fulfilled in Him in Luke 4 (attached below).  He also encouraged John the Baptist and his disciples in Matthew 11 (also attached below) that He was fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy by Word and by action. Jesus is the long awaited one, the LORD’s Chosen Servant. Kim

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.

CONNECT

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)

[ Isaiah 42:1-9 ]
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. 5 Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:

_ What are some of the characteristics of the “servant” described in verse 1?
_ Who is working with the servant?  What is His role?
_ What kind of “splash” would this servant make when He entered on the scene in verse 2?  
_ How does that line up with the text from Luke 4?
_ What recurring theme/role of the servant do you see in verse 1, 3, and 4?
_ Who or what is waiting for the law or justice?
_ How do you see God’s power to accomplish this justice in verse 5?

6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. 8 I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

_ What is God’s plan to accomplish the justice mission?  Who is the “you” referring to in verse 6?
_ How is this “you” equipped once called?
_ What are some physical signs that would point to the servant from verse 7?
_ How do those signs relate to the Matthew and Luke passage above?
_ Summarize verse 8 - what is the goal?
_ What “new thing” might Isaiah be referring to in verse 9?
_ How does this passage show a glimpse of Jesus’s glory?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?

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)

Spread the Word [John 12:20-26]

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.

CONNECT

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)

Hosanna [ John 12.12-19 ]

It is Thursday April 11, 2019. I hope you have had a productive week, walking in step with our Savior. As we continue in John’s narrative we discover Jesus entering into the city of Jerusalem, being received as a king. May we receive Christ in this way each new day of our lives. - Joey

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.

CONNECT

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 12.12-19 ]
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 
14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey's colt!”

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”

_ In v.12 what crowd came to meet him? (Look at v.17)
_ In v.13-14 what is the significance of the palm branches combined with the crowd “crying out” Hosanna (Lord save)?
_ In v.13b What are some of the things the crowd ascribes to Jesus?
_ In v. 14-15 What connection is John making between Jesus riding in on a donkey and Zechariah 9.9?
_ In v.16 Why did the crowd go to meet him
_ in v.17b and 18 what witness were they bearing about him and why?
_ In v.19 what is the Pharisee’s response?

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
_ Do you receive Jesus as the crowd received Jesus that day? In a posture of worship, celebration and proclamation?
_ What would it look like for you to receive Jesus as he enters into the gates of your life tomorrow?

+ 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)

’You Can’t Handle the Truth’ [John 12:9-11]

Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, April 10th, 2019. The passage we are about to dig into, reveals a type of blindness we would rather not contemplate. A blindness where one can see, but is so stone hearted they are not moved, and make the choice to stay in darkness. It’s one thing to miss the sign of Christ; it is another to see it, yet remain in the evil day. I pray this passage would be a warning to our hearts, as well as an encouragement by the truth of the Gospel. All persons who hear the Gospel are faced with two roads. I pray you are encouraged by the road you have taken in 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.

CONNECT

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 12.9-11 ]
9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

_ What causes the crowd to gather in vs. 9?
Use as reference: John 11:45-54, John 12:16-19
_Why do the chief priests want to kill Lazarus as well? Vs. 11
_Why might the chief priests so willfully disregard such a sign and true testimony of Lazarus, to the effect of having a desire to put him to death?
Use as reference: John 11: 38-45, John 12:37-43, John 9:35-41

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
_Now seeing that the Gospel reveals blindness, how might this move you to repentance in regards to hardness of heart?
_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)

Extravagant Anointing [John 12:1-8]

Today is Tuesday, April 9, 2019. I love this passage. Jesus returns to Bethany and Mary shows her  extravagant love for Christ in anointing him with costly perfume, though not everyone in the scene understands how Christ is worth more than all the world and worthy of all our hearts. Matthew Henry says it well, “Those who love Christ truly love him so much better than this world as to be willing to lay out the best they have for him.”  --Monica

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.

CONNECT

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 12.1-8 ]
Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

_ (v.1)  Yesterday we learned the Pharisees placed a warrant for Jesus’ arrest and he left Bethany and traveled in Ephraim. Where does he go now? This is the Passover that Jesus would die. Why would he return into danger?
_ (v. 2-3) We know this family. Jesus is eating with the man he raised from the dead! At dinner, how does Mary honor Jesus?
_ (v. 3) A pound is about 11 ounces, or about a soda can of costly perfume. Why might Mary pour such an extravagant gift on Jesus? What does this indicate about her view of Jesus?

4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
_ (v. 4-6) How does Judas respond to this gesture? Notice his concern with the monetary value of the gift. A denarius is a day’s wage, so this is an incredibly expensive gesture. What is his motive for criticizing her gift?
_ (v. 7-8) Look at Jesus’ response. He affirms Mary, while calling out Judas’ messed up motives. What does Judas miss in the moment?  What is the symbolic significance of her gesture?
_What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?

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
_ Do I have the same extravagant, generous, abandoned love of Jesus that Mary did? If not, why?
_ Are there places in my life that I value more than Christ that I need to turn away from?  Do I need to confess?

+ 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)

One Man Will Die for The People [John 11.45-55]

Today is Monday April 8th. After Jesus Raised Lazarus from the dead the Pharisees responded in fear. They saw Jesus as a threat to their nation. The High Priest Caiaphas says to them “it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” They feared that Jesus would bring an end to their Jewish nation. Unbeknownst to him Caiaphas was right that it was better for this one man, Jesus, to perish. Not just for the Jewish nation but for all of God's people that we might be drawn together as Children of God. Fear is an easy response in the face of turmoil, but the truth of who God is and how He has always worked for His good should bring us peace and comfort. Do not let fear motivate you, but look to God and His desire to reconcile us all as comfort.

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.

CONNECT

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 11.45-55 ]
45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death. 54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples. 55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves.
_ Who believed Jesus?
_ What did the Pharisees say?
_ What did Caiaphas say?
_ What did Caiaphas prophesy?
_ What did the council decide?
_ What did Jesus do?

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
_ Often times we can take a short view and respond in fear? What areas of your life do you find yourself prone to respond to in fear? (Finances, success, relationships, jobs, security?)
_ What can you do today to trust that God is working all things towards good even in the face of hardships? (Community, reading, confession, scripture, accountability?)

+ 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)

Raising Lazarus. I AM the Resurrection and Life 2.0 [John 11:28-44]

It is Friday, April 5, 2019.  Today, we complete the very dramatic story of Jesus raising His dear friend Lazarus from the dead.  With this act, Jesus proves to all that He truly is THE Resurrection and THE Life!!!  Chris Adomanis  

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.

CONNECT

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 11:28-44 ]
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved[
a]in his spirit and greatly troubled.34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?”They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”35 Jesus wept.36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

_ Based on Mary's statement in verse 32 (and Martha's earlier in verse 21), how would you describe how the sister's were feeling about Jesus at this given time?  Have you ever felt that way toward Jesus
_ What do you glean from the fact that Jesus was "deeply moved", "greatly troubled" and "wept" in verses 33-35?  Why do you think John mentions Jesus was "deeply moved again" in verse 38?  Hint: Jesus may have been "moved" by two different things!!! 
_ Based on verses 36-37, how did the crowd feel about Jesus?  What do these two differing reactions tell you about these people?  About people today?
_ Why do you think Jesus performed this miracle, or, for that matter, any of His miracles?  The answer can somewhat be found within verse 42!!!

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
I sense that both Martha and Mary had some animosity toward Jesus at first; that He "wasn't there" for them when they really needed Him.  I must confess I let myself fall into that trap at times, and for facts and circumstances not as difficult as facing the death of a loved one.  Confess of the times when you have treated God like a genie in a bottle or have gotten angry if prayers weren't answered in the way you wanted.  Don't doubt, but believe that "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28) 
+ 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)

I Am the Resurrection [ John 11:17-28 ]

“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.

CONNECT

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)