Sermon Response

JESUS' TEACHING IS TRUTH

The Text: Read John 7:11-31

Jesus arrives at the Festival of Tabernacles and begins to teach in the temple courts. The whole city of Jerusalem is talking about Jesus because the religious leaders are looking to kill him. Yet it is his teaching that amazes them. In the middle of his lesson Jesus accuses the religious leaders of trying to kill him and in doing so breaking the Law. This action does not go over well with the religious leaders, but Jesus is on a roll, he continues and points out their hypocrisy. He says you are trying to kill me for healing a man on the Sabbath, yet you will circumcise a boy on the same. At the end of the discussion many try to arrest Jesus, but some have heard the Words of Life and place their trust in Jesus. The main thought from this passage is found in verse 17. Pay close attention, the only way we can know that Jesus’ teachings are true is by doing the will of God. We can’t simply think that what Jesus says is true we need to live it out.

Discuss:

  1. What do you think set Jesus’ teachings apart from others?

  2. Why is Jesus’ origin so important in this passage?

  3. Why do you think the crowd tried to seize Jesus?

Respond:

John 7:17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

  1. Why does your doing the will of God need to be a choice? Are you currently making the choice to do the will of God?

  2. What is the will of God for your day to day life? Is it the same for all believers?

  3. Which of Jesus’ teachings sounds the most absurd to you, yet when you try it (choose to do it) you see that it is truth?

  4. What can you do this week to be in the Word more? Are you more than just a hearer of the Word? Are you a doer of the Word?

Prayer

God give us grace to do your will. To look more like you. Show us that our truth and life are found in your Word and give us a burning passion to apply it to our life.