A LINE IN THE SAND | JOHN 8.1-11 |
COMMUNION SUNDAY, 06 NOV 2016 | PASTOR PATRICK
While we return to John’s Gospel this morning we see there is grace for us; the condemned and the condemner. While this morning we focus on both the woman caught in adultery and the men caught in condemning, all the characters in today’s story are ‘bad’ and only Jesus is the hero showing to us he is gracious to all as he shows mercy and calls us to repentance and faith.
OUTLINE:
5. The LAW [v2-3]
a. Punishment prescribed for the sin of adultery is death, [Lev20.10; Deut22.22]
b. These men were unfaithful, however, to bring both participants to account [John 8.3]
6. The CHALLENGE [v4-5]
a. Missing the Heart of the Law, do we go for the jugular?
b. Drawing a Line in the Sand; the moment of decision and truth telling [Ex 23.1b]
7. The CONDEMNERS [v6-9]
a. Punishing crime is not wrong; bloodthirsty hypocrisy, however, pushes us to seek shame, punishment and insult for those who have fallen.
b. Jesus has a word to those who are demonstrating their hypocrisy.
8. The CONDEMNED [v10-11]
a. Tenderly he speaks to us all in the midst of our shame.
b. Those who are forgiven should walk in newness of life and offer the same mercy and grace to others.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION OR GROUP STUDY
Who have you treated as the lawyers treat the woman? Do you have someone who is merely a pawn, or whom you seek to shame?

What is the sin you feel most likely wherein to fall into hypocrisy?

When have you drawn a line in the sand, or had one drawn for you, as it relates to who you are and how you’re living with God and others?

Where are you in this story? What are you going to do about that this week?

Why do you think we wrestle with this sin of hypocrisy? [Gal 5.16-17]

How can we find the balance of mercy, grace, forgiveness and justice in our dealings with people – both within and without the church?

A Line in the Sand