How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

John 3:19-20 ESV

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

John 8:12-30 ESV

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.”
14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.
17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true.
18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.”
19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.”
22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”
23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.
26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.”
27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father.
28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.
29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Recall from Sunday:

8:12-20 – Jesus’s Light exposes our darkness;

8:21-24 & 3:19-20 – we can choose darkness…

8:25-30 – …or follow Jesus into Life

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

The temptation to justify our sinful behaviors or cover them up is very strong, but Jesus doesn’t expose our darkness just to make us feel bad. How have you experienced freedom when you’ve admitted your sin to God, received his mercy, and repented?

When we justify our sins instead of confessing and repenting, we can begin to be unmerciful to others. Is there someone in your life you are being unmerciful toward? How can you seek the Spirit’s help to remember your own need for mercy when dealing with that person?

Jesus’s light exposing our darkness is not just a one-time event that happens when we first recognize our sinfulness and trust in him. What might the Spirit be revealing in your life that you need to repent of and follow Jesus?

Discussing where God is leading you to repent can be a difficult topic for discussion. Your own openness will help your group be willing to share. If God is convicting your group of ways they need to repent, spend some time in prayers of confession (verbally or silently). Make sure to end by affirming God’s mercy towards you and commitment to completing the work he’s begun (1 John 1:9, Philippians 1:6)

Being merciful towards others is one of our most powerful testimonies of the reality of the gospel. If your group really resonates with needing to show mercy to people in their lives, discern together how you can tangibly show love to people who have hurt or failed you.