Astonished – Part 2 – Facing Betrayal
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, April 14, 2019
There’s a different way to deal with a traitor.
Life Group Study Guide
Longest winter… Its official, this has been the longest winter on record, in terms of consecutive days with more than 1 cm of snow on the ground – 149 and counting (as of this past Wednesday). What do you look forward to most this summer? A place? An activity? A holiday? What is your ideal summer day? Tell the group about it…
- Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
- Read John 12:1-6 and John 13:1-5. One of the most challenging things about Jesus is how he treated Judas. Right from the start, Jesus knew Judas would betray him, yet He welcomed him into the inner core of His movement, treated him exactly like the rest of the gang, entrusted him with significant responsibility, and even washed his feet. While Jesus’ treatment of Judas is unique in the sense that he was instrumental in the unfolding plan of salvation, what can we learn about how we ought to treat betrayers?
- Read Matthew 5:43-45. Think of a time when you had the opportunity to put this into practice. What happened? What did you learn?
- Read John 13:15-26. Jesus did two profound things in this situation: first, he let his disciples in on the fact that there was a traitor in their midst, that he was not caught off guard by it, nor was his mission threatened by it. Secondly, by speaking openly about it, he was providing an opportunity for Judas to come clean and repent. What stands out to you about how Jesus handled this?
- Read John 13:27-30 and Acts 1:15-26. Jesus didn’t take Judas by force or call the rest of the disciples to stop him. He allowed Judas to make his choice and receive the consequences of it. How does this square with the way we interact with people who need Jesus?
In Hebrews 3:12-13, it says, “Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” How can we live this out as a group?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?