Connect Group Discussion Guide
Sunday Message – 4/5/20 | Tyler Myers | John 11-12
Jesus changes our perspective, and he gives us life at the cost of His life.
But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” — John 11:4
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. — John 3:16–18
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” — John 11:9–10
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live… — John 11:25
Titles of Jesus in John 1:
- v. 29, 36 – The Lamb of God
- v. 34, 49 – Son of God
- v. 38, 49 – Rabbi (Teacher)
- v. 41 – Messiah
- v. 49 – King of Israel
- v. 51 – The Son of Man
- Our beliefs become the perspective we see all of life through. Jesus is graciously willing to walk alongside us as we sort out our beliefs.
- Jesus calls each of us to reshape our perspective to align with the will of God, that all would experience new life.
- Our situations can shift much faster than we would like, but do we have a perspective that supersedes our circumstances?
- Everyone who encounters Jesus will wrestle with tension. The response John encourages is to embrace the tension, and find confidence in Jesus.
- No matter what tomb we might be stuck in, whatever tensions hold us in bondage, Jesus wants to free us. He wants to trade places with us.
- Jesus doesn’t want to wait for eternity to meet you—he wants to give you eternity right now—life more abundant.
- Would you consider yourself adventurous? Why or why not?
- What do you think about the idea that life itself is an experience of spiritual adventure?
Discuss the Message:
- Share a recent positive experience that proved to be a spiritual adventure (i.e. family celebration, new home, a great trip, new job). What did it help you learn about God, yourself, and others?
- Reflect on a challenging adventure that you did not choose to go on (i.e. sickness, loss of a loved one, a conflicted relationship, loss of job). How did God work in your life to carry you through that experience?
- In what ways does God use spiritual adventure to shift our perspective about who he is?
- Are you willing to allow Jesus to change your perspective on who God is (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and what he wants to do in your life?
- Pray for one another.
- Pray for those who are struggling with anxiety in the face of uncertainty.
- Pray for our church, that God would fuel our collective desire for spiritual adventure.