Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on April 18, 2021
Passage: John 14:1-6
This Sunday, Mike continued our “Jesus” series by showing us what it means that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In the message, Mike explained this meant three things: that Jesus is our way home to heaven and our Heavenly Father; Jesus reveals to me the truth about what God is like; and, Jesus invites me to the life I was created to live.
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
Have you ever been led by a tour guide when visiting a new or special place? Was the guide helpful? If so, why? If not, why not?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Getting lost on your way to a new place is a frustrating experience. Thomas was frustrated. He wanted to go where Jesus was going but was “troubled” because he didn’t know the way. In our passage from John, Jesus helps Thomas and the other disciples understand that they didn’t need a road map to heaven but rather a relationship with Him. What are some ways that people think you get heaven without Jesus? What do the following verses say about the way to heaven?
Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT2)
13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Matthew 7:18-23 (NLT2)
18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Acts 4:12 (NLT2)
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT2)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
2. While many people have opinions about God and what He is like, we need only to look at Jesus to know the character of God. By declaring Himself to be “the Truth,” Jesus claimed to be the true and supreme revelation of God to mankind. As Paul said in Colossians, “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.”
Before you came to know Christ, what was your perception of God?
How does Jesus change the way you used to view God?
3. By declaring that He was “the Life,” Jesus declared that knowing Him would make it possible for us to experience the life we were created to live. In John 10, Jesus says: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” What do you think Jesus meant by “life to the full”? Is he talking about material things or spiritual things? Or both? What insight can you glean from the following words of Paul about the life that God planned for you to live?
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT2)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
What do you see as your purpose in life based on above passage?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?