In Howards sermon on Sunday, he mentioned working on the family farm as a kid. One day a man stopped by when his father was away and asked if he would sell a piece of their farm equipment to him. Howard didn’t feel he could sell that equipment without the ok from his father as they worked as a team and he represented his father. Have you ever gone out somewhere as a representative of your family or maybe even your employer?
Jesus’ claims to divinity were radical and not well accepted by the Jews of the day. Jesus said, "Truly, truly I tell you..." and then he started speaking about his relationship with God his Father. Do you see any examples of the close relationship between Jesus and God his Father in this passage? Where?
Verse 23 says, “all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father.” Is it really a big deal to dishonor Jesus? Why?
What are some ways that people dishonor Jesus?
What’s the message Jesus has for us in his second “Truly, truly” (verse 24)?
Jesus speaks very specifically in this passage that those who have done good are given the resurrection of life and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. Jesus is saying that good works are evidence of true faith and evil deeds are evidence of a lack of faith in him. In what ways can we live a life of faith and good deeds this week? What do you think Jesus had in mind when he said this?