Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on July 19, 2020
Passage: Galatians 5:22-23; John 8:1-11
This Sunday, Casey continued our summer series on the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT by looking at the fruit of gentleness.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Think about a time where you were “caught with your hand in the cookie jar” – when your sin was exposed for others to see. How did you feel? What did you want more than anything at that moment? What happened?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. The fruit of gentleness was not present in the Scribes and Pharisees that brought the woman before Jesus. As Casey said in the message, they failed to “handle people with care.” Read the passage below where Jesus calls out the Pharisees for their poor behavior and attitude. Based on Jesus’ description of the Pharisees, why do you think they failed to show compassion to this woman?
Matthew 23:1-13 (NLT2)
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with impossible religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. 5 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. 6 And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. 7 They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’ 8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. 9 And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. 13 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.
- Is it easier for you to identify with the crowd or with the woman caught in adultery? In what ways are you convicted by Jesus’ actions and words?
- Why is humility required when showing gentleness to others?
2. While the Scribes and Pharisees were quick to condemn the woman caught in adultery, Jesus was quick to extend grace to her. According to the passage below, what drove Jesus to treat this woman with grace?
John 3:16-18 (NLT2)
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
- How does the way Jesus treated this woman help you face some of the sins you struggle with? Jesus loves and accepts us “as is”. Does that free you to change? Why?
- Does Jesus give us a license to sin through this story of grace? What does Paul say about the seriousness of sin and proper response to grace? Read Romans 6:1-2.
3. According to John 8:11, what does Jesus want us to do when we are confronted with our sin? Do you think this is realistic? What insights can you learn from the passage below?
1 John 2:1-2 (NLT2)
1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
- Is it difficult for you to believe that, through Jesus, you have the power to leave your sin behind you? Why or why not?
- Jesus, who would eventually allow our sin to kill him, says to us: stop sinning. Once it becomes evident that he was on the side of sinners, his words sound completely different—freeing not limiting. What would happen in your life if you stopped sinning completely?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?