Discussion Questions for Sermon Series 90, Week 1 - For The World
Jesus didn’t come to extend an old religion. He didn’t come to clarify old truths. He didn’t come just to preach sermons and offer wise teachings. From the angel’s announcement to Mary that she would give birth to a son whose “kingdom would never end,” it was clear: Jesus would do something new for the world.
What influenced your first impressions of Jesus—church, movies, television, art? How accurate were those first impressions?
What, if anything, surprised you about the Jesus Jon described during the message?
Read John1:15–18. Do you tend to view religion as a collection of laws (rules) or as a relationship with God defined by grace and truth? What shaped your view?
During the message, Jon said, “The Bible is God’s Word, but every word is not for everybody.” Do you agree with that statement? How does it challenge your view of the Bible?
Is it difficult for you to believe Jesus came to do something new for you? Why or why not?
What is one thing you can do to make the most of the next 90 days and pursue a closer connection to Jesus? How can this group support and encourage you?
Jesus didn’t enter the world in order to protect the status quo. He came to overturn it by changing our relationship with God. Jesus was the bridge between the old and new covenants. He was born under one to introduce the other. And he did it for the world.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. John 1:9–10