02.18 Small Group Discussion

#nofilter - Temple Confrontations

  • What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
     
  • Share a time when you were caught red-handed as a child. How did the people around you respond and how did it make you feel?

Read  John 8:2-11.

  • If Moses’s law declared stoning as the punishment for adultery, why didn’t Jesus allow the woman to be stoned?
     
  • Why do you think the oldest people turned away first?
     
  • The teachers and Pharisees acknowledge that they have sin when they walk away. Why do you think they felt they had the right to punish the woman?
     
  • Does Jesus condone the woman’s actions? Why or why not?
     
  • Does Jesus condemn the teachers and Pharisees? Why or why not?
     
  • Why do we look at others through the filter of comparison, feeling that our sins are either less than or greater than the sins of others?
     
  • Whether in yourself or with others, which issue do you encounter more often: The feeling that one’s sins are greater than others or that one’s sins are lesser than others? How can you address each of those situations?
     
  • How does the Church do at not condemning people in the midst of their sin?
     
  • How can the Church, and how can you, improve at not condemning people?

Prayer: Pray that we will see ourselves as needing just as much grace as everyone else, and that we will be able to love others accordingly.

Posted on February 28, 2016 .