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Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the second part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we are digging into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you learn something that changed your life, whether as a child or as an adult? What happened?
  1. This week we enter the second part of a three-week series entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.” In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Before you begin this study, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you read His word.
  1. The theme of truth is particularly important in the Gospel of John. Read the following verses which mention ‘truth’ and reflect on what they tell us about God, Jesus, and truth:
  • John 1:14, 17
  • John 3:21
  • John 4:23-24
  • John 7:18
  • John 8:31-32
  • John 8:40, 45
  • John 16:13
  • John 17:17
  • John 18:23
  • John 18:37-38
  1. Given everything you just read, what do you think is important about Jesus including ‘truth’ in His statement to the disciples in John 14:6? Why do you think it is important that Jesus includes this?
  1. How have you wrestled with questions about the truth in your own life? Has your knowledge of Jesus resolved those questions? How?
  1. Jesus is described as coming from God the Father “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, 17). Many times Christians are criticized for being arrogant in their claims to truth or in the way they talk about the truth. Do you think these criticisms are valid? Why or why not? What do you think it looks like to be full of grace and truth?
  1. In John 8:31-32, Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Based on the surrounding verses in John 8 and your own reflections, what do you think it means to be set free by the truth of Jesus?
  1. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study about the truth of God found in Jesus? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: Throughout this series, we will be looking at tough questions about Jesus. There may be some questions you wish someone would answer about Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Send us your questions either by emailing them to info@eastbrook.org, writing them on a connect card, or visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page.]

 
 

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Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?

Does it really matter that Jesus claims to be the truth?

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” addressing that very question. Looking at Jesus’ statement, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6), I explored just what Jesus means by saying He is the truth. In the midst of walking through themes of truth in John’s gospel, we also touched on the distinctive belief that God reveals Himself to humanity, the exclusive nature of truth, the framework of ‘worldview’, and how to assess truth statements of conflicting worldviews.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

You may also be interested in last weekend’s message, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Is Jesus Really the Only Way? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we are digging into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week we begin a three-week series entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.” This series launches off from John 14:6, where Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you study His word.
  2. What comes into your mind when you hear Jesus say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”?
  3. In John 14, Jesus is teaching His closest disciples before He will go to the Cross. He is specifically telling them that He will go away, but then return. Read John 14:1-14 to get better context on the statement Jesus makes in John 14:6.
  4. Given what you read in John 14:1-14, what would you say is Jesus’ driving concern in these verses?
  5. In his question found in 14:5 Thomas seems concerned with the direction or destination of Jesus’ pending departure. Is this the right question or not? What is Jesus trying to help His disciples understand here?
  6. There are clear echoes of John 10:1-18 in John 14. Take a moment to read that passage aloud. What key statements does Jesus make about His identity in John 10? What do you think these things mean in light of John 14:6?
  7. Some of people’s greatest hang-ups or frustrations about Christianity have to do with Jesus as the only way to God. What questions have you heard about this theme or topic in your own life? How do Jesus’ words here address those questions or frustrations?
  8. How have you experienced Jesus as ‘the way’ in your life? What does this mean to you?
  9. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: Throughout this series, we will be looking at tough questions about Jesus. There may be some questions you wish someone would answer about Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Send us your questions either by emailing them to info@eastbrook.org, writing them on a connect card, or visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page.]

 
 

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Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I began a three-week series on Jesus’ statement on John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” This series is an opportunity for us to delve into questions and unresolved thoughts we have as we consider “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.”

This week, we looked at the questions, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?” My response is that Jesus is the only way of access to God, but perhaps not in the way we think.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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3 Questions We All Have About Jesus

3 Questions Series Gfx_Web HeaderWe all wrestle with questions about who Jesus is.

This weekend at Eastbrook we begin a new series where we explore what it means that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). The series is entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” and is an opportunity for us to engage with deep questions we have about Jesus and what He might mean to us.

Throughout this series, we want to hear from you. What are the questions you have about Jesus? You can post a question here in the comments section of my blog, drop a question on our Facebook page, or email us directly.

April 11/12 – “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?”

April 18/19 – “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?”

April 25/26 “Does Jesus Really Gives Us Life?”

You can follow along with the series via our web-site, our Vimeo page, or by downloading the Eastbrook Church app.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Empty

A lot of times we think of the word ’empty’ in a negative light. But when does emptiness become a good thing? Our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – and the empty tomb – sheds some important light on that.

My message this past Easter weekend at Eastbrook Church was an exploration of the meaning of “Empty” in light of the resurrection. I walked through John 20:1-31, with reference to a few different passages along the way.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Broken to Heal: a Good Friday message

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The Apostle John, one of Jesus’ closest companions, begins his telling of Jesus’ life with profound words. John describes Jesus as the ‘Word of God’ – that perfect wisdom and revelation of God – who “was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1, 2). He says Jesus was “the true light” shining “in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome” that light (1:5, 9). John even goes so far as to say that Jesus surpasses Moses in His authority as a teacher because Jesus is “the One and Only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father” (1:17, 18). These rich words show us how highly John thought about Jesus and exactly who we are dealing with when we come to the Gospels: Jesus’ timelessness, Jesus’ authority, Jesus’ wisdom, and Jesus’ divinity.

If we had never encountered the story of Jesus, it may strike us as odd when we read the following words from John nestled amidst those earlier descriptions:

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory.” (1:14)

The lofty One comes into our midst in human flesh, John says, and that is a revelation of His glory. Certainly, it could be a slight surprise to hear this. The glorious Word – unstained and pure – steps into rough and tumble human experience – right where we live.

Yet that slight surprise is nothing compared to what we encounter later in John’s story: that Jesus would suffer the brutality of violent execution by human hands. This is exactly what we have heard from another early Jesus follower, Matthew, in his record of Jesus’ life read throughout the service today. It is a litany of broken human experience: Jesus’ isolated and suffering alone in prayer while His disciples fall asleep; Jesus’ betrayed by one of His own followers named Judas; Jesus arrested by Temple guards without clear accusation; Jesus facing authorities who bend justice to match their own aims, even as they stand as representatives of God; Jesus’ utter rejection by a close friend, Simon Peter; Jesus’ life exchanged for the freedom of a known murderer, Barabbas, at the request of the crowds; Jesus humiliatingly mocked as a broken king by the Roman soldiers, complete with a robe, a staff, and a crown of thorns; the voices of cynics shouting insults as Jesus is heaved up on a cross to slowly die of asphyxiation or heart failure. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in Communication, Evangelism

 

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