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4/4 – The Woman Caught In Adultery

Today’s Text: John 8:1-11

The scribes and Pharisee attempt to trap Jesus by making him pass judgment on a woman who was caught committing adultery. This event contains two well known quotes from Jesus regarding judgment and sin: He says to the accusers “he who is without sin may cast the first stone”, and the accusers all leave. Jesus then says to the woman, “neither do I condemn you go and sin no more”.

What do you make of the way Jesus hardly acknowledges the scribes and Pharisees, at first not even looking at them or responding (until they keep asking Him)?  Rather than respond the text says He was looking down and writing on the ground.

Adultery is a serious sin and the law did indeed say those committing adultery should be put to death.  Did Jesus fail to uphold the law?  Was He “light” on the sin of adultery?


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Sunday Recap: Guilty, Vile, and Helpless?

Sunday, in attempting to understand if we are really “Guilty, Vile, and Helpless” (like the 3rd verse of the song “Hallelujah What A Savior” says), we threw out the question, what is the worst sin?  As we studied some participated in a poll question. See the results below:


A couple of observations:

We are not a homophobic church. 0% said homosexuality was the “worst sin”.

25%  chose “Lack of love, Compassion, Forgiveness” as “the worst sin”. Interestingly, the same text (Romans 1) that clearly identifies same sex relationships as sinful concludes with the sins of being “unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful”.  I believe the one who is “unforgiving and unmerciful” is worse because they, having been forgiven by God themselves, are pushing away, turning off,  and refusing to help people that Jesus died for!  See also Luke 17:1-5.

The most popular answer in the poll (All Sin is Equal) is also a good answer. James 2:10 says, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all”.

That makes us all guilty and therefore helpless and therefore forever indebted to God for His grace.

If you did not get a chance to vote Sunday, or have an additional thought about this, feel free to share your thoughts with the group.

You can hear the sermon, “Guilty, Vile, and Helpless” here.

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Sunday Recap: What Do Have I To Do With Judging Outsiders?

That was the question Paul asked in 1 Corinthians 5:12.  In fact, as he talks about the need for the church to deal with a brother persisting in extreme sexual immorality, 3 times (verses 10, 12, 13) he makes the point – our responsibility is to those in the church, NOT OUTSIDE OF IT.

Sunday we reflected on how, contrary to Paul’s statement, Christians often obsess with judging and condemning “outsiders”.  Maybe it is easier to take a distant shot at unbelievers than to deal with the people close to us and risk damaging those relationships. Paul is emphatic: “what do I have to do with judging outsiders….those outside God judges”.

The “outsiders” are those who are not Christians. They have not declared allegiance to Christ and  perhaps had not even learned the will of God.  The behavior is still wrong and Paul says God will judge them. But he also makes a difference between how we treat them and how we treat a brother who persists in sin.

Questions: Doesn’t this teach us something about how we should interact with non-believers? We must teach about sin, but could the “tone” of our teaching be perceived as angry self-righteousness and just push people further from Jesus?  Jesus is our example in all things. How did he deal with outsiders?

We would love to hear your thoughts.



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