Thursday, October 2, 2008

Intensive Gospel Study: John 5

Reading Sheet
JOHN – Chapter 5

What/who was important to Jesus?

Bearing witness to God the Father

What needs did Jesus meet?

Healing and awakening spiritual awareness

What did Jesus ask or require of his followers?

To bear witness to God by living out our faith missionally

What issues did Jesus address (relationships, work, money, character, religious practice, etc.)?
Healing of sin by becoming a witness

What is compelling to you about Jesus in this section?

How Jesus relieves our burdens for He is our True Sabbath rest in the spiritual sense overturning Jeremiah 17:19-27 and the Pharisees’ literal interpretation(s) of said verses

How do followers respond to Jesus?
By becoming a witness for Jesus

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

Living our faith out by following Jesus’ example

How did Jesus change the world (for an individual or for a community)? He relieves all our burdens whenever we live an abundant life by following His example

What vision of being missional do you glimpse for yourself? For the church? The church and individuals have been called to live missionally by bearing witness to Christ---this is really what being a martyr for Christ is all about---for martyr is an English derivative of the Greek word martureo which literally means “to bear witness,” but it can mean “testify” as well: in other words, we are called to live for Christ rather than (as the early Roman Catholic Church and G. K. Chesterton in his book Orthodoxy [implicitly by saying martyr-ship is good but not suicide even though it is] suggest) commit suicide for Christ---although, Jesus is certainly worth dying for, we are more effective witnesses by living out our faith rather than dying for our cause

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