Sign of Life: No Condemntaion ( John 7:53-8:11)
Jan 7, 2018
- Reread a portion from the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 7.1-5. What is at the heart of Jesus’ message? Describe an experience where you were able to first see clearly, and then help another see clearly?
- John 8 begins with Jesus in the Mount of Olives. It is assumed that Jesus spent the night there and began His morning in prayer before going to the Temple courts to teach. How does His daily practice of morning prayer encourage you?
- While Jesus is teaching, a woman who was caught in the act of adultery was brought by the religious leaders to Jesus. What was the ultimate objective of the religious leaders?
- The law said to stone a person who was caught in adultery. The practice of the day is that no one had been stoned for a private sin like adultery in over 1,000 years. Additionally, only the woman alone was brought to Jesus. Describe a time when you witnessed religiosity rise above the true heart of an issue. How often do you naturally default to a religious position?
- In Jewish law, witnesses to the capital offense began the stoning. When Jesus said, He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first, He’s saying, “All right, let’s execute her. But let’s do it right. One of the witnesses has to have a hand in her execution. So who among you is the one who witnessed this crime, but only brought to Me the woman, not the man?” Jesus makes it plain – whoever the witness is, whoever the one who has the right to cast the first stone is, he is as guilty as the woman taken in adultery, because of his hypocrisy. At this the men began to drop their stones and leave, the older men first. Why so?
- Historically, Christian thinkers have divided sin into two categories, “sins of the flesh” and “sins of the spirit.” Sins of the flesh generally involve appetites that get out of control: lust, greed, drunkenness – those sins that lead to other sins like deceit, betrayal, and despair. The “sins of the spirit” have less to do with our biology and more to do with the soul. “Sins of the spirit” have names like pride, arrogance, self-righteousness and judgmentalism. Take another look at the story, diagnose which sins are being committed.
- In our society we are most scandalized by the sins of the flesh. Jesus was most scandalized by sins of the spirit. Describe.
- Jesus says to the woman, “Has no one condemned you? Then neither do I condemn you.” What would living freed from condemnation feel like for this woman?
- Reread 1 John 2.1-2. What is the Word’s command as it relates to sin? How is it possible, to “Go and sin no more”? What would it look like for you to begin to live in the Truth of God’s grace vs. simply managing your sin?
- Jesus became this woman’s advocate. How do you sense Jesus advocating for you today? How does He advocate for you when you sin?
- In what ways can we as a church become advocates for our neighborhood?
- Begin to pray for God to lead you to become an advocate for one person outside of your family. And, ask God to lead you to someone who could advocate for you.