Community Group Homework
For the week of November 1, 2015
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your atten- tion, challenged or confused you?
- Can you think of a time when you were pleasant- ly surprised by a benefit that you found in the “fine print”? How did it make you feel?
- On Sunday we drew a distinction between sin and a mistake. We said that sin involves an intentional wrong act based on a decision, while a mistake is an error based on lack of information or ability. Do you agree with that distinction? Why or why not? How are those two ideas blurred in our culture?
In John 8:2-11, we read the story of a woman who is brought before Jesus to be judged for her sin. She has been caught red handed and the people want justice (or actually judgment). Read the passage together and discuss the questions that follow:
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 wom- en. 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.”
Do you think the Pharisees in the crowd saw this woman as a sinner or a “mistaker”? Why? What did they want to happen to her?
- How do you think the crowd saw themselves – as sinners or mistakers? How did Jesus see them?
- How did Jesus see the woman in the story? Did Jesus excuse her mistakes or offer her forgiveness for her sin?
In Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person
someone might possibly dare to die. But God demon- strates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)
- What does this passage say about us? What does it say about God?
- On Sunday we said, “Until you embrace the fact that you’re a sinner, you’re not open to embracing the fact that God sent you a Savior.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Can you remember that moment in your own life?