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“Pleasing God”

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SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READING: Tommy Ray
Sunday SONG LEADER: Jim Rutter

TEXT: John 8.12-30

What was it about Jesus’ character that made Him such an effective servant? How did He spend every day of His life on earth living this out? What can we do going forward to become more like Him and truly live out what it means to be His disciple?

This year, we’re focusing on discipleship, following Jesus, or becoming like Jesus. As we do, we need to focus on the importance of being a servant. On Sunday, we’ll focus on John 8.12-30. In the text, it is about six months before His crucifixion. Jesus is in  the temple during the Feast of the Tabernacles. The conflict with the religious establishment is growing. Some people are believing in Him, recognizing He is the promised Messiah. The majority is not.

When we go through this passage this weekend, I want you to see some major, essential points, from a positive and a negative, and how this applies to being a true disciple.
We will: 

  1. Examine the conflict with the Pharisees.
  2. See four quick ways that people die in their sin, which sets up the ultimate contrast to:
  3. Jesus’ selfless devotion to His father.
  4. Finally, we’ll learn how this all applies to us.

As you prepare for worship this weekend, please ask yourself these questions:

  • What did Jesus mean when he said He was the light of the world?
  • What is so deadly about unbelief? What can it lead to if it is not dealt with?
  • Why did the Jews react to Jesus so negatively? What warning does this serve to us?
  • Read 8.28-29. What three statements does Jesus make?
  • Which one of these stands out to you most? Why?