Today’s text: Philippians 2:5-8
Note how Paul describes the progressively more humbling path of Jesus from “being in the form of God” to His death on the cross. He tells us to have the same “mind”. In particular Paul wants us to apply this mind to our relationships with one another (2-4).
Question: How is the example of Jesus in this passage helpful in achieving unity with other Christians?
In today’s reading we see Jesus washing the apostles feet. This was just a few hours before He will be arrested and then put to death the next day.
Verse 1 says Jesus did this knowing “His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father”. Why do you think it was so important that Jesus do this before He departs?
What are some of the ways the greatness, authority, and character of Jesus are described in this passage?
A recap of last nights class in which we looked at how Jesus responded to the woman caught in adultery and also how he responded to Peter after he had denied Jesus:
- Jesus illustrated the term “tender mercies” in how he interacted with the woman. In contrast to the scribes and Pharisees who threw her out for everyone to gawk at, Jesus looked down and wrote on the ground and finally confronted her after everyone had left.
- Jesus chose to forgive instead of condemn: “I do not condemn you”.
- Jesus forgave, but upheld morality: “go and sin no more”.
- Jesus sought to help Peter. First He prayed for his faith not to fail (Luke 22:32), then He looked at Peter (Luke 22:61), then He made a special effort to reconnect with Peter (Luke 24:34, 1 Corinthians 15:5).
- He engaged Peter in a discussion that gave Peter an opportunity to reaffirm his faith (John 21:15-19).
- Jesus gave Peter another chance: Feed My Lambs, Feed My Sheep (John 21:15-19)
We are to follow Jesus example!
Jesus told the disciples that all would forsake Him when he was arrested but Peter said he would never forsake Him. Jesus then told Peter directly that in fact he would deny Him three times. Peter denied it again saying he would be willing to die (Matthew 26:31-35).
But when the time came Peter denied knowing Jesus just as Jesus had said. You could say he failed miserably but given the circumstances it may not be that surprising. Our concern is how does Jesus treat Peter? What do these verses suggest as an example for us to follow?
Luke 22:61, 1 Corinthians 15:5, John 21:15-19.
Today’s reading is Jesus and the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). Again, the purpose of our study is to examine Jesus behavior and consider how we can be like Him. There are several considerations in the example of Jesus concerning this case. What do you see in the example of Jesus concerning:
(1) How He chose to deal with the woman’s sin.
(2) How He treated the woman (especially in contrast to the scribes and Pharisees).
In today’s reading we see Jesus back in the temple but this time he observes something that is beautiful and good. He teaches everyone an important lesson by commending a poor widow.
What do you think other people thought of the poor widow?
What does it say to you that Jesus noticed her and commended her?
How can we be like Him?
This week we will consider how Jesus reacted to certain things He saw during His visits to the temple.
The first is the familiar “money changers” story. This actually happened twice, once at the beginning of His ministry (John 2:13-22), and once in the final week of His life (Mark 11:15-18).
What word would you use to describe Jesus’ response to the things He saw in the temple?
How do the Old Testament quotations help us understand His concern?
How should we be like Him?
In our study on “In His Steps” we review each week’s lesson in the classroom on Wednesday nights. Here are some of the highlights from this week’s study about Jesus and Matthew, Zacchaeus, and the Samaritan Woman.
- Jesus mission (and ours to an extent) was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).
- Jesus wasn’t afraid to identify people as lost or sick spiritually. But the fact that they are sick spiritually compelled him to befriend them in hopes to saving them.
- At the conclusion of the Samaritan woman story Jesus said, “the fields are white unto harvest” (John 4:35), but this weeks lesson reminded us that the potential harvest may be people who are outside of the norm of those we think to be ideal candidates for God’s kindgom. We should broaden our seeking the lost to include every human being.
- Those who are searching (like Zacchaeus) are prime candidates.
- Jesus was not afraid to talk to strangers.
- We need to have a mindset of searching for opportunities to lead people closer to God. It was just a simple ordinary encounter (Jesus was weary and thirsty waiting at Jacob’s well) that presented the opportunity to reach the Samaritan woman who in turn led her whole village to Jesus.
What other thoughts do you have about this week’s topic?
Review the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (John 4).
Both the woman and the disciples of Jesus are surprised that He took an interest in the woman. What barriers might they have seen to Him engaging in a conversation with her?
What else do you see in Jesus manner in engaging the woman and drawing out her interest in religion? Choose one thing in His method of teaching her that can be an example to us.
In today’s lesson we see Jesus choosing Matthew the tax collector to be one of His disciples (Matthew 9:9-13), and then later going to the home of the tax collector Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10).
In both accounts He is criticized for His association with sinners.
How does He explain His actions in Luke 19:10?
How can we follow Jesus’ example in these accounts?