The Gospel of John

The Good Shepherd

The Characters in John 10: The Sheep The Nature of Sheep      Sheep are Vulnerable      Sheep are Valuable The Response of SheepThey know the voice of their shepherd (10:4)They follow the shepherd (10:4) 2. The Thief (10:1,5,8,10) His Mission: To steal, kill, and destroy 3. The Hired Hand (10:12-13) Isn’t willing to put the sheep above himselfFlees at the first sign of danger 4. The Good Shepherd (10:11 & 14) He gives abundant and eternal life (10:10, 28) He lays down…

The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Suffering

Passage (Read it): John 9 A lie believed as truth will affect you as if it were true LIE: If I could know all the facts and have answers to all my questions, then I could believe in Jesus Christ. TRUTH: Faith is not built on answers to questions, but through an encounter with Jesus. Who’s Blind? The Disciples were blinded by his condition The neighbors were blinded by an opportunity The Pharisees were blinded by their traditions The religious…

The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Suffering

Passage (Read it): John 9:1-5 A lie believed as truth will affect you as if it were true Two Lies We Believe About Pain and Suffering: Human suffering is evidence that God’s love is limited. Human suffering is proof that God either doesn’t exist or else has limited power. Human suffering is the result of specific sins on the part of those suffering. Suffering has no value and should always be avoided. The Truth About Pain and Suffering: Three Practical…

The Religious Lies We Tell Ourselves

Passage (Read it): John 8:47-59 A lie believed as truth will affect you as if it were true Two Religious Lies We Tell Ourselves: I am right with God because of my religious and/or ethnic heritage I am right with God based on my moral standards One Central Truth: My relationship with God is justified through a right relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Lies We Believe About Freedom

Passage (Read it): John 8:30-47 A lie believed as truth will affect you as if it were true See John 8:44; 18:37; 14:6 Two Lies We Believe About Freedom: Lie: Freedom is having no masterTruth: “Freedom is having the right master,” Tim Keller Lie: Freedom is doing what you most want to doTruth: Freedom is doing what you’re meant to do.

The Light

Passage (Read it): John 8:12-30 The Christian method for knowing God … … is not through mystical experiences, secret knowledge or religious rituals… is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. When did this happen? On the last day of the feast (John 7:37) Where did this happen? These words he spoke in the treasury. (John 8:20) What did Jesus say? (John 8:12) A Claim: I Am the Light of the World A Condition: Whoever follows me A Promise: Will have…

Jesus and a Naked Woman

Passage (Read it): John 8:2-11 Principle (Know it): The cross of Jesus is the only place we find absolute morality AND absolute compassion. Practice (Do it): Acknowledge that sin matters and that Christ has born the penalty for that sin on the cross. Notes: Verses 2-6 – The Problem:– Absolute Compassion = Relative Morality– Absolute Morality = Relative Compassion Verses 6-8 – Jesus reaction:– What Jesus does NOT do: – What Jesus DOES: Verses 7-9 – Our Decision:You can come…