LIFE group guide: walk in the light

 

NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church tomorrow (Nov. 10). This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon tomorrow morning from John 12.35-36. This sermon is entitled “Walk in the Light” and is another installment in the Jesus: Master & Commander series.

To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues. All Scripture texts reproduced below, unless otherwise noted, are from the CEB.

Reason

Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of the sermon series, or this particular sermon in a series.

To call our attention, and our conscience, to some of our Lord’s direct charges to us.

Revelation

These Scriptures form some of the foundation of the sermon. Underscored words are emphasized in the Greek text.

Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8.12)

Jesus replied: “The light is with you for only a little while. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness don’t know where they are going. As long as you have the light, believe in the light so that you might become people whose lives are determined by the light.” (John 12.35-36a)

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light. Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. Therefore, test everything to see what’s pleasing to the Lord, and don’t participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness. (Ephesians 5.8-11a)

All of you are children of light and children of the day. We don’t belong to night or darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5.5)

If we claim, “We have fellowship with him,” and live in the darkness, we are lying and do not act truthfully. But if we live in the light in the same way as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. (1 John 1.6-7)

Relation

These icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start thinking, talking, and relating to the topic or texts. Discuss one.

1. Were you/are you afraid of the dark? Tell us about it.

2. Tell us of beauty you’ve seen due to sunlight (e.g. – sunrise, sunset, rainbow, etc.).

3. Do you enjoy walking? If so, share tell us of your walking habits (when, where, etc.).

Research

These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.

1. List the parallel thoughts you find in John 3.19-21 and John 12.31-36.

2. In light of John 7.2,37, Jesus likely spoke John 8.12 on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths). Research the ceremonies of this feast that involved light.

3. Using the Scripture texts above, complete this sentence: “When someone allows their life to be daily determined by the light of Christ they ____________.”

Reflection

These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.

1. What are some of the biggest blessings you enjoy from living/walking in the light?

2. What danger does light bring to the parts of you that seek darkness?

3. What is it like to be overtaken by darkness, spiritually speaking?

4. Why do you sometimes procrastinate in walking in/toward/with the light of God?

Response

These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid you in living out today’s message in the coming days.

1. Watch a day dawn, moving from darkness to light. Meditate on Ephesians 5.8-9 as you do.

2. Go for an evening walk with someone. Walking toward the sunset, discuss John 12.35.