Sunday School Notes 5-31-2015

Scripture: John 8:12-20 (HCSB)

The source of the Great Commission

Opening Questions

  • When you think of God, do you think of Him as a missionary? Why or why not?
    • How might God be a missionary to us?
    • How does this enable us to live as missionaries?
    • Does God ask us to do something that He did not do Himself?

Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”

“Even if I testify about Myself,” Jesus replied, “My testimony is valid, because I know where I came from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from of where I’m going. You judge by human standards. I judge no one. And if I do judge, My judgment is true, because I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me judge together. Even in your law it is written that the witness of two men is valid. I am the One who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.”

Then they asked Him, “Where is Your Father?”

“You know neither Me nor My father,” Jesus answered. “If you knew Me, you would also know My Father.” He spoke these words by the treasury, while teaching in the temple complex. But no one seized Him, because His hour had not come.

Jesus is God’s Son and testified concerning His own work.

  • What was Jesus doing on the earth?
    • What did He mean when He claimed to be the light of the world, and that anyone who follows Him will not walk in darkness but the light of life?
    • Is the testimony of Christ evidence that God Himself is a missionary to us?
      • What is God’s mission?
    • How can we trust the testimony of Jesus Christ?
      • Does He testify by Himself?
        • Jesus said that He and the Father judge together and that His judgment is the Father’s judgment. The Father who sent Christ testifies with Christ.
        • What might He mean?
      • It is interesting that Jesus refers to the Pharisees’ law. This would cause the Pharisees not only to think on what they had written, but also what had been written by Moses.
        • God’s testimony concerning Christ is present in the Old Testament and even in the Law of Moses.
          • He would be in the family of Abraham (Gen. 12:3), in the family of David (Isaiah 11:10), that He would be God in human flesh (Zech. 12:10-11), that He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), and even that He would be rejected (Isaiah 53:3).
          • Though Christ did not need proof of His messiahship, He had it!

How does God, being a missionary, enable us to live as missionaries?

  • He provided a way for us to know Him through the Messiah (Jesus Christ)
  • He provides for us a Counselor, the Holy Spirit, who guides us to right action and to right belief.
  • He provides us opportunities to seek others, to serve them and to share the Gospel with them.
  • God does not ask us to do what He has not already done or what He will not do!

Questions for class discussion

  • Why might it be important that Jesus was “sent” by the Father?
  • Is it difficult for us to talk about this and think about the fact that Jesus was God? (Think about John 1)
  • Does thinking about God as a missionary help us to think about living as a missionary in our community? How?
  • If we are made in the image of God, what does that imply about our identity as missionaries?
  • How does this truth impact the way you think about yourself or others?
    • How does it impact the way you think of your church?
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