Caught in the Act

When judgement gets in the way of God’s grace.

None of us are righteous enough to be judge and all of us are in desperate need of God’s grace.

Sermon preached on November 21, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • Read John 8:1-11. As you read, remember that Paul describes Jesus in Colossians 1:15 as the visible image of the invisible God. In other words, the way Jesus acts, reacts, thinks, and speaks is the way God the Father does. What surprises you about Jesus in this passage? How do the same qualities make you rethink your mental picture of God the Father . . . both who and how He is?
  • Jesus stooped down. Jesus demonstrated that He was willing to go lower to meet with messy people. Talk about the other times you can recall Jesus humbly “going lower” to meet with people who needed Him. How has He done this for you personally?
  • Jesus wrote in the dust. Some scholars believe Jesus wrote different sins in the dust. How does it affect the way you treat people when you remember you’ve been forgiven?
  • Jesus leads with grace and lands with truth. He extends grace, saying “I don’t condemn you,” and truth by saying, “Sin no more.” Jesus defines love as: Grace + Truth = Love.
  • Talk about this statement: We find comfort in God’s grace and we find counsel in God’s truth. We desperately need both, but we need one before the other.
  • Read Galatians 6:1-3. Paul reminds us here that we need to help one another live in freedom from sin – the freedom Jesus bought for us. How can we offer this kind of help to others? How can we find it for ourselves when we need it?
  • There is more grace in God than sin in people. When we live from an awareness of this fact, how does it look practically? How can we be second-chancers instead of stone-throwers?
  • Read Lamentations 3:22-23. We worship a “never” and an “every” God. We worship a God whose love never fails and his compassion is available to us every morning. What would it look like if we, as followers of Jesus, extend love and compassion in the same way?

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