July 5th, 2020

Let’s spend some time thinking together with God about this week’s message.   If you haven’t heard it yet, you can watch it online here. Throughout this exercise, be aware of what God might be saying to you and what you are going to do about it.

FOR GROUPS

READ

The Scripture for this week was John 14:5-6.  Read the passage and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passage. 

Discuss

Clint mentioned Eugene’s Peterson’s comment on John 14:6, “Jesus as the truth gets far more attention than Jesus as the way.  Jesus as the way is the most frequently evaded metaphor among the Christians with whom I have worked for fifty years as a North American pastor.”  Discuss with your group if you agree with Peterson that this is a trend and why this might be the case?  What is it about contemporary Christianity that has led to this emphasis?

What do you think of the idea of discipleship as apprenticing with Jesus? Are there other descriptions of discipleship you have encountered before? What explanation or metaphor has been helpful for you in your understanding of what it means to follow Jesus?

The latter half of v.6 has Jesus saying, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”  What do you think this means?  What is being referred to here by “comes to the Father”?  And what does that have to do with Jesus being the way, the truth, and the life?

Clint mentioned three key features of Jesus’ lifestyle: Prayer, Pace, and Presence.  Which of these do you find the most difficult to apprentice with Jesus in? Is there an area that you would say is going really well for you in this season of life? Why do you think that is?

PRAY

Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture and hearing from others in your Group. 

FOR individual Study

READ

The Scripture for this week was John 14:5-6. Read the passages and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passages. 

CONSIDER

From your own study, in addition to Prayer, Pace, and Presence, what are 2 other features of Jesus’ lifestyle that you have observed in Scripture? 

One difficulty with the discipleship as apprenticing with Jesus idea and adopting Jesus’ lifestyle is that Jesus lived in a culture/time that is very far removed from us.  There are certainly a number of behaviors that Jesus did as a function of living 2000 years ago in the Middle East that we do not regularly do – yet this doesn’t seem to be a huge moral concern.  How can we determine which aspects of Jesus’ lifestyle are meant to be emulated and which parts are merely a product of his culture?

The words of Jesus in John 14:6 are iconic.  Even folks who do not identify as Christians maybe familiar with this passage.  Clint’s message focused on Jesus as the Way.  In one sentence each, how would you describe Jesus as the Truth and Jesus as the Life? What do you think Jesus was primarily trying to communicate to his disciples with these metaphors? 

PRAY

Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture.  

SHARE

Use what you learned to spark conversation with someone.  Ask what they think about some of these topics. 

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