Monday, November 25, 2013

LifeWay Explore the Bible Teaching Helps: December 1, Living Selflessly

LifeWay's Explore the Bible study of the Gospel of John begins a new focus this week. 

John 12 marks a transition in the Gospel from the public ministry of Jesus to the events of Passover and the final days of Jesus’ life. Jesus entered the city with His disciples in the days leading up to the great celebration of Passover. He rode into the city on a donkey, a powerful messianic picture; His reception by crowds of people shouting “Hosanna!” revealed Jesus’ unprecedented popularity at the time (see 12:12-19.)  Jesus knew, however, that this Passover would end with His arrest and crucifixion.

It was at this point that Jesus began to teach His disciples about living for Him and about the necessity of His death. It is here that Jesus begins with an illustration from agriculture to teach the disciples about selfless living by first teaching about His own willingness to sacrifice for others.

LifeWay Explore the Bible resources introduce this study by discussing Narcissism -- Excessive self-admiration and self-centeredness.

To supplement LifeWay Explore the Bible resources, I have provided additional discussion questions and activities that can help us focus on the selflessness of Jesus. Here are some of those questions:
  • Do you believe we live in a culture that justifies and promotes narcissism?
  • What are some examples of how this plays out?
  • Can you give examples of how this has permeated the church culture?
  • Ask the group to silently answer this question, “Would you consider yourself a selfless person? If yes, what evidence can you give to back up your response?”
As you can see, the study of John 12 leads us to come face to face with how we are living our Christian lives. Are we living it as Jesus lived His, or are we approaching the Christian life with selfish hearts?

Check out the rest of the study. I hope the teaching helps will enable you to make the most of your LifeWay Explore the Bible resources.

Download December 1 Teaching Helps: Living Selflessly

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