GT#3: For Others: Full Grace and Truth

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GUIDESHEET FOR 3-8-20

Grace and Truth

#3 – For Others:  Full Grace and Truth

Reminder: 

  • God’s grace is his undeserved kindness in Jesus.  
  • Truth is Jesus being faithful to God’s design for people.

Think about life: 

  • “God’s grace for me and God’s truth or judgment for you”.  Why does that become the way we sometimes think about people who are not yet followers of Jesus, or people who say they follow Jesus but seem to have stumbled?   What does that say about our understanding of God’s grace (undeserved kindness) for us?
  • “Jesus didn’t change who he was, but he met people where they were at.”  What are the things that get in the way of meeting people where they’re at, rather than wanting them to change before we accept them?
  • Share an instance when, because someone met you right where you were at, that you able to move on to a better place?

Exploring Scripture:

  1. Read John 3:16-17
    • How does this passage illustrate God’s grace – His undeserved kindness in Jesus Christ?
    • What key words in this passage explain God’s grace?
  2. Read Col. 1:13-14
    • How does this passage illustrate God’s truth – Jesus being faithful to God’s design for our lives?
    • What key words in this passage explain how God is moving us in Jesus into His design for our lives?
  3. Read Matthew 8:1-4 – Jesus’ grace and truth for a leper.
    • In Judaism in New Testament times a leper was unclean, could not live in town, and was to keep at distance from people.  What does the leper does in this story that he should not have done?  Why did he disregard the normal rules?
    • What keeps us from offering grace to people who need it?
    • In Judaism in New Testament times to touch a leper meant a person would become unclean.  Why did Jesus disregard that rule? 
    • What does Jesus ask the healed leper to do and how is that part of Jesus being faithful to God’s design for this man (truth)? 
    • What keeps us from encouraging people to embrace God’s design for their lives? 

Bible Reading:  John 1:1-18; Mt. 4:18-22; Mt. 7:1-5; Mt. 8:1-4; Mt. 8:23-27; Mt. 9:9-12; Jn. 3:16-17; Col. 1:13-14