Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

John 8:2-11

Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

John 1:14-18

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Message Notes

1. Be careful with truth that has no regard for people.

We cannot be a church that only points out what is wrong. We are called to care for people and make disciples.

2. Be cautious quoting the law back to the one who wrote it.

We need to be constantly reminded that we are in daily need of grace. Self righteousness never impresses God or people.

3. What is your motivation?

Our motivation should always be restoration. Matthew 18, Galatians 6

4. Jesus displays the perfect mix of grace and truth.

Jesus was full of truth and grace at the same time. He does not ignore the sin but at the same time offers grace to cover it.

Grace is not acting like it didn’t happen. It is acknowledging the sin and then offering forgiveness.

5. Standing alone at then end with Christ is a good place to be.

Christ is the perfect display of grace and truth. It is His example that we imitate God. The church must be full of the same.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Are you naturally a grace giver or truth teller?
  2. Do you find it hard to have a balance between grace and truth?
  3. Why is it easy, at times, to not have grace for the people around us?
  4. Why is it that we can feel more righteous after someone else’s failure?
  5. How do we administer grace and not ignore sin?
  6. What is the motivation to use grace and truth when someone sins?