Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 21, 2021
Passage: John 8:12, 19-21
This Sunday, Mike continued our series called “Jesus.” Mike unpacked three implications from Jesus’ proclamation that He is the Light of the World. First, Jesus didn’t call me to be a fan but a follower. Second, following Jesus will change me from the inside out. And third, when I live for Jesus, I will light the way for others.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Do you have a plan to provide light in your home/apartment/dorm in the event of a power outage? Do you typically sleep in pitch darkness or do you prefer to leave a light or tv on at night?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. By claiming that He was the “light of the world,” Jesus was identifying Himself as deity. He follows that announcement by describing our role as His children. Jesus said, “Whoever follows me.” If Jesus is going to rescue us from a world of sin and guide us through the moral and spiritual darkness of this world, Mike said that we can’t just be a “fan” of Jesus but rather a “follower” of Jesus.
What is the difference between being a fan of Jesus and a follower of Jesus?
Read through some of the passages below about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Describe what might have to change in your life if you want to truly follow Jesus.
Mark 8:34-35 (ESV)
34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
1 John 2:3-4 (ESV)
3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
1 Peter 1:14-16 (ESV)
14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
2. To follow Jesus as our light means that we will no longer walk in the darkness of sin, ignorance, and hopelessness. Jesus accomplishes this by abiding inside us through the Holy Spirit. Because of His presence, we will begin to change from the inside out. He changes our nature and brings us new desires that align with His will. When people look at you, they should begin to see the light of joy, hope, and love in our lives. According to the following passage in Colossians, how should a follower of Jesus’ life stand out?
Colossians 3:12-15 (ESV)
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Are there any characteristics listed in the above passage that especially stand out to you as deficient in your life? If so, explain or give an example.
What do you want the Spirit to do in your heart today in order to help you become a more devoted follower of Jesus?
3. Mike concluded the message by showing us that followers of Jesus “have the light of life.” Many people are looking in many places to find purpose, acceptance, and satisfaction in life. Only in Jesus will they find what they are looking for. In what way can you be a light or “NorthStar” to help people find their way home to Christ? What insight can you glean from the following passages?
Philippians 2:12-16 (NLT2)
12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life.
1 Peter 3:15-16 (NLT2)
15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
Matthew 5:15-16 (NLT2)
15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?