Saturday, October 4, 2008

Intensive Gospel Study: John 11

Reading Sheet
JOHN – Chapter 11

What/who was important to Jesus?


What needs did Jesus meet?

He raised Lazarus from the dead and promised resurrection for believers

What did Jesus ask or require of his followers?

To abide in belief

What issues did Jesus address (relationships, work, money, character, religious practice, etc.)?
Resurrection, which in Greek is anastasis and literally means “standing up again

What is compelling to you about Jesus in this section?

Jesus’ closeness to Lazarus

How do followers respond to Jesus?
Abide in their belief and trust in God

What in this section challenges us to respond/ imitate/obey?

We must stand up by God’s grace in any given situation and pursue justice everywhere

How did Jesus change the world (for an individual or for a community)? He brought New Life to the world

What vision of being missional do you glimpse for yourself? For the church? The church must stand up for justice for the oppressed, which is what being raised up and called to a new way of living is all about, in the prophetic sense---the radical justice of the Kingdom of God, in which the least of these are served by loving grace and the last are first---or as Larry Norman puts it:
and your money says in God we trust
but it's against the law to pray in school
you say we beat the Russians to the moon
and I say you starved your children to do it
you say all men are equal all men are brothers
then why are the rich more equal than others
don't ask me for the answer I've only got one
that a man leaves his darkness when he follows the Son

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