Thursday, October 2, 2008

Intensive Gospel Study: John 8

Reading Sheet
JOHN – Chapter 8

What/who was important to Jesus?

Nothing in verses 1-11 considering that John 7:53 through 8:11 were never in the original text to begin with, but were a later scribal emendation/interpolation based on a little over 900 dubious manuscripts of a later origin (I’d recommend Bart D. Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why for more information on this subject)---but we can discern that Jesus authentically despised judgmentalism and called people to repentance in John 7:53-8:11---also, in the remaining verses 8:12-8:59 (which are part of the original text), Jesus self-discloses the liberating Incarnational Truth of Himself

What needs did Jesus meet?

He liberates us with the Truth of Himself

What did Jesus ask or require of his followers?

To abide in Him

What issues did Jesus address (relationships, work, money, character, religious practice, etc.)?
The Incarnational Truth of Himself

What is compelling to you about Jesus in this section?

The scandal of the Incarnation, which is made clear in John 8:58: “‘I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am (ego eimi)!’”--- Jesus is God (Yahweh) incarnate

How do followers respond to Jesus?
By abiding in Him and living by His example

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

We must follow Jesus’ example and live by His “words”

How did Jesus change the world (for an individual or for a community)? He liberates us with His Truth

What vision of being missional do you glimpse for yourself? For the church? The church must follow Jesus’ example and live by His “words”

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