Life Group Questions:
- Can you think of some areas of tension in Scripture where you have to live within both?
- Why tensions do you see within John 8:1-11? Read the passage together as a group.
- How do we know that the religious leaders weren’t interested in the law, but rather setting a trap for Jesus? (vs. 5-6)
- Look at the brilliance of Jesus response to the religious leaders in verses 6-7. How did Jesus handle the tension of grace and truth in this story?
- How does this passage inform us about the character of God?
- Pastor Josh showed us a graph about grace and truth. Where do you fall on the graph as far as relationship and responsibility? Where do you want to be?
- Look at the 4 observations in the notes. What can you learn from those?
- How can our life group pray for you this week?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
John 8:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.
4 observations about Grace and Truth:
- Calibrating Grace & Truth changes everything!
- How you think about God, affects how you interact with Grace and Truth.
- Every day, you can advance the good news of Jesus through calibrating Grace & Truth.
- Grace & Truth are hard because we are personally invested.