Feb 24, 2013 ()

Bible Text: John 8:12  |  

Series:

Readings: Philippians 3:17-4:1, John 8:12-20

Small Group Questions

WARM UP

Three times in Scripture Jesus says that He is “The light of the world” (John 8:12, 9:5, Matt. 5:14). But He also says that we (His people) are “The light of the world” (Matt. 5:14).

  1. Is there a contradiction here? So who is the light of the world?!
  2. If you are a light, two questions to consider:
    1. What is your light source?
    2. How much light is shining into your life, and how much light is shining out from your life?
  3. Are you: A flashlight with very weak batteries? A flickering candle? A 100-watt spotlight? A high-intensity lighthouse? Any other “word pictures” come to mind describe your light?

DIGGING DEEPER

  1. Read Gen. 1:1-3. What is the first act of God in creation? What is the first command of God in creation? Read John 1:1–10. In what ways is this passage a fulfillment of the opening verses of Genesis? Who fulfills them?
  2. Jesus says again in John 9:5, “I am the light of the world.” How does He demonstrate this to a man in need? How does that man experience the light of Jesus (physically and spiritually).
  3. Look at vs. 25 and 38: What did this blind man come to “see?” He seems to have more than sight—but also insight. How does he express his new insight to others; what is his core message to them? (note vs. 30–33)

APPLICATION

  1. Consider these words about God’s people:
    1. “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14).
    2. “You are to shine like stars in the universe” (Phil. 2:15).
    3. “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens. And those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars for ever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).
  2. How will you charge your spiritual batteries to shed light this week? What are two or three practical ways you can be a shining light in the week to come—in your home, workplace, neighborhood?