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"Jesus Offers What I Need - Forgiveness"
May 31-June 6, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Who do you admire for being generous to you personally? Would most people know them by name?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

 

Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

 

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.

 

I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” John 10:1-18 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Jesus gives us a choice and a contrast: the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy freedom. Jesus came to give and offer LIFE!

 

Jesus knows all about guilt – he knows what causes it and he knows how to cure it.

 

Application (5 minutes)

What does a good shepherd teach us about real leadership?

 

How do you recognize Jesus’ voice in your life?

 

Do you feel guilty?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Has Jesus personally assured you of his love for you? Do you regularly connect with him personally? Or is he more of a famous figure that you do not feel close to? As you spend a few minutes in prayer, express your thoughts to your Heavenly Father, who is present and truly cares for you.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Have you ever felt “trapped”?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.

 

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:1-11 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

The Pharisees were probably proud of themselves as their dirty little plan began to unfold. They had Jesus “trapped.” If Jesus stood up against the law that said she should be punished, they could convict him. And if he stood by the law that said to stone her, the people might see that he really wasn’t the kind and loving person he appeared to be. They had him right where they wanted him—they knew they couldn’t lose. These men didn’t really care about the woman or what she had done. They simply wanted to trap Jesus.

 

Application (5 minutes)

Do you struggle with judging others while ignoring your faults and failures?

 

Have you ever overlooked someone else’s needs because they did not make you happy?

 

Are you willing to defend someone at great risk to yourself?

 

Who do you resonate most with in this Scripture?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes in prayer, examine your heart. Have you been the  guilty person who was caught and accused? Have you been the guilty person who was angry and accusing? Thank God that He sent Jesus to show both forgiveness so we can live a better way.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

When was the last time someone gave you a second chance?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture: Jesus had been arrested under cover of night and was enduring an illegal trial and abuse prior to his execution:

 

Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded. Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?” Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest. Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.” But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed. John 18:22-27 NLT (Bible.com)

 

After Jesus’ resurrection, he called Peter and the disciples, who were fishing, over to the shore for a surprise visit:

 

When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire [NOTE: the Greek indicates this was the same kind of fire—a “charcoal fire”—Peter had warmed himself by when he denied Jesus…imagine what memories the smell must have brought back…], and some bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.

 

This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead. After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.” John 21:9-10,12-17 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:  

Lesson 1 of 3—Our failures are not final. Jesus calls us to not give up – we don’t have to stay down when we fall.

 

Jesus is the master of second chances. Jesus loves us, forgives us, and takes away our guilt.

 

Application (5 minutes)

Are you struggling with feelings of sadness and guilt? If so, how do you believe God wants you to handle them?

 

Those in positions of power do not have to give second chances. Why do you think God gives second chances?

 

How did Jesus reassure Peter that he was forgiven? 

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

One of the most encouraging things Jesus ever said was that if we’ve seen him, we’ve seen the Father. An important question to ask when you are wrestling with how God sees you is simply this: how  is Jesus treating you right now? He is alive, present, and cares for you where you are at, right now. What are Jesus’ thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and actions towards you? Spend a few minutes asking God about how he sees you and then ask him to help you treat yourself the same way!

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

How would things be different if you had a completely clean conscience?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. Romans 3:25-26 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

 

Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom.

 

But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:15-23 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Lesson 2 of 3 – Our guilt can be deadly.

 

There is nothing worse than feeling guilty – it eats at you, weighs you down and holds you back.

 

A guilty conscience is a terrible thing. To be eaten up with guilt is a heavy burden to bear.

 

Application (5 minutes)

Is there any difference between BEING guilty and FEELING guilty? What does God offer?

 

What do you think about the idea that “you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey”?

 

How important is it to you to live with a clean conscience?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

 Feelings of guilt can cause us to avoid looking at, or speaking to, those we have offended.  God already knows your struggles, probably better than you do. He provided Jesus so he could forgive and heal you and restore a peaceful relationship with you. As you approach him in prayer, remember that because of his kindness, you can approach him confidently.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who cannot. Do you think some people have a lack of awareness when it comes to how sinful they are? Do you?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. 1 John 1:5-10 NLT (Bible.com)

 

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right. 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Lesson 3 of 3 – Holding on to guilt is so foolish.

 

The good news is that we don’t have to feel guilty – because we don’t have to be guilty.

 

We can put all our failures, mistakes, sins, and guilt in a bag and take it to the foot of the cross – and when we get there, we see all kinds of bags just like ours.

 

Application (5 minutes)

“Confess” simply means “to say the same thing as.” When we confess our sins and guilt to God, we are “saying the same thing” that he says about them—telling the truth and coming clean. Why do you think being truthful and aware is part of God’s process of healing?

 

Do you “hold on to guilt”? Why or why not?

 

What is the difference between “godly sorrow” and “worldly sorrow”?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Acknowledge your sin and brokenness and thank God for his kindness in forgiving and his power in cleansing you from “all wickedness.”

 
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