Never Throw Stones

21 Mar - Morning Service - 09:30am - Rev Peter Baker - John 8:1-11
When Mar 21, 2010
from 09:30am to 10:45am
Where Highfields Church
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Sermon Title:
     Never Throw Stones
     John 8:1-11 Listen

Sermon Theme:
     The Man from Heaven
     Studies in John

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Slide 1
Never throw stones John 8:1-11

Slide 2
Judgmentalism, compassion and forgiveness Is the story part of John’s original gospel? Consistent with Christ’s teaching and character

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Narrative Context Jesus popular with the masses The target of the authorities “ Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment “ 7:24

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Legal Case Where’s the man ? Stoning not proscribed in Deuteronomy 22:22 First century practice Scribes and Pharisees not interested in the legality of the case but in the trap it provided

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Dramatic Conclusion Jesus does nothing He turns the issue on its head He releases the woman Liberating truth Jesus is not light on sin but big on grace b) Profound question How do we respond to broken lives?

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Loss of the future “ What’s the point ?” Nirvana Loss of community Family breakdown, mobility, ill health, age Loss of meaning Meaning through casual encounter is a 21st century illusion

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Dangerous Judgmentalism An unwillingness to sort our own lives out, undercuts our right to sort others’ lives out The blindness of evangelicalism The woman is told to change but she’s given hope Sexual brokenness is not unforgiveable

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Compassionate Understanding We mustn’t rush to judgement We must write in the sand before standing up to comment We must sit in loving silence

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God’s Powerful Forgiveness “ For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him “ John 3: 17 In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood We all stand in need of the same grace at the foot of the cross Be more amazed that you are forgiven than that you are right

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