#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.