Questions: “Has No One Condemned You?”


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Condemn - express complete disapproval of, typically in public.

Guilt – Guilt is the acknowledgement that you have done something wrong. It is the burden of responsibility that we feel when we know we have sinned against God or we have violated someone else’s standards.

Shame – The remorse and/or embarrassment experienced when we feel that we have let others down and we expect to receive their scorn or ridicule.

Guilt feelings focus on what we DO, whereas shame feelings focus on who we are, how we look, and how we relate to others. Brene Brown

Who Was The Adulterous Woman?

• In the eyes of the Jews she was an appalling, vile sinner.

• In eyes of the Pharisees she was a pawn.

• In the eyes of the Law she was condemned to die.

• In her eyes she was worthless and hopeless.

• In the eyes of Jesus she worthy of grace.

“Grace is unconditional acceptance given to an underserving person by an unobligated giver.” Tullian Tchvijidian

“Grace is nothing more nor less than the face that love wears when it meets imperfection, weakness, failure, sin.” Joseph R. Cooke

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. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 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. 7 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.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 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. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

• What Did Jesus Do For This Woman?

• He took her guilt and replaced it with grace.

Romans 6:14 - “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.”

Romans 8:1 - “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

• He removed her shame and restored her self-worth.

“Shame is an intense, painful feeling that we are unworthy of love or belonging.” Dr. Brene Brown

2 Corinthians 5:17 - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

• In Christ you are a new creation!

•  Christ you have been forgiven. Ephesians 4:32

• In Christ you have been redeemed. Romans 3:24

• In Christ you have been reconciled to God. Romans 5:11

• In Christ you have faith, hope and love. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

• In Christ you have the peace of God. Philippians 4:7

• In Christ we have the love of God. Romans 8:39

Psalm 103:12 - He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.

He took her brokenness and made her whole.

Colossians 2:10 - “and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority...”

Psalm 51:17 - “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”

What Does Jesus Want To Do For You?

Notes:

Q1: Is there anything you did as a kid (or in a “former life”) that you got busted for? Tell the group the story!

Q2: Brene Brown wrote, “Guilt feelings focus on what we DO, whereas shame feelings focus on who we ARE, how we LOOK, and how we RELATE to others.” In other words, shame runs much deeper and lasts much longer. Shame can shape the way you view yourself and how you think others view you. What do you think are the major contributors to shame that people deal with a lot. Explain your answer.

Read John 8:2-11

Q3: How does the woman address Jesus when he asks her who condemns her? Why do you think this is significant?

Q4: This woman had broken the OT law. She didn’t claim to be innocent of that and yet Jesus says he does not condemn her. Why do you think that is?

Read Romans 6:14 and Romans 8:1

Q5: The story of the adulterous woman is the story of grace. The law makes us realize we are guilty for what we have DONE but God’s grace makes us realize we are forgiven. How does being without any condemnation before God affect your heart for God?

Read Psalm 51:17

Q6: The Psalmist writes that what God values most is a broken and contrite heart. What does a repentant heart say about our trust in Christ?

Q7: Have you been struggling with guilt or shame? Is there an area of your life, if being honest, you continue to believe you are condemned? Do you need to trust in the power of God’s grace for this area of your life? Confess your need to Jesus, accept his forgiveness and claim his power over your weakness. And don’t be afraid to share your struggle with your group members or group leader. This is why we live in community with one another!

Close your group in a time of quiet prayer. Consider giving time for people to confess and receive God’s grace.

 

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