Palm Sunday March 20th, 2016
Warm Up: As a kid, where you afraid of the dark? Why?
Background: A few years ago, I got caught in a winter storm while backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. As the sun was going down, we made a decision to hike 8 miles out to the car with only our headlamps for light rather than spending another night in the sleet and snow. If it weren’t for the headlamps, there is no way we could have made it out in the darkness. In the spiritual world, the same thing is true. You can’t navigate your way through life unless you have God’s light shining the way.
Read About It: John 12:20-36
- Have you ever tried to travel in the dark? If so, how hard was it?
- Why do these Greeks want to see Jesus? What is their motivation?
- In response to their request, Jesus begins to tell a parable about a kernel of wheat dying in the soil. What is Jesus trying to show them about himself that they might not have been willing to see or accept?
- What is Jesus trying to show those who would be his followers? What does the type of discipleship that Jesus is calling for require (25-26)?
- In vs. 27-32, what is about to happen “now”? How does the certainty of the cross affect Jesus? How does it affect the crowds?
Discussion from the Message:
- Why did the crowd hesitate to commit themselves to Jesus
- How clearly do you think you are seeing Jesus right now? Is it the Jesus of scripture or some other version of Jesus such as Santa Jesus, Luck Rabbit-foot Jesus, Rambo Jesus, etc.?
Pastor Steve said, “You cannot follow Jesus and cling to your old life at the same time.”
- Have you ever held onto something or tried to keep it for your self only to end up loosing it later? What was it? What areas from your old life are you having the hardest time letting go?
Pastor Steve said, “There is a time limit to Jesus’ offer.” What keeps people from responding to Jesus offer? What is the danger in waiting to respond?
- How can responding to something or someone have the power to change you? How did Pastor Steve explain it? Where have you seen this truth in your own life?
- What spoke to you the most from last Sunday’s message? Why that?
- What challenged or caused you to think the most?
Reflect: Right now, where do you feel like you are walking: in the dark? In the light? Or in some shadow-land in between? Why?
I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46 (NIV)