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Truth + Mercy > Judgment

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Truth & Mercy together can create a better outcome than judging someone

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Recap

Week 1 - Restoration of Courage
in order to represent Christ in our community, we are going to need courage. Courage that can only come from the Holy Spirit
Week 2 - Compassion Goggles
if we are going to see our community changed by Jesus, we are going to need to see things through the lens of compassion
Feeding the 5,000 - Jesus met their physical needs (hunger) as well as their spiritual needs
Week 3 - Projecting Jesus
who is Jesus to you? Do you really believe what the Bible says about Him?
If what the Bible says is true, the probability of one man accidentally fulfilling the prophecies about the Messiah aren’t even calculatable
Remember: Silver dollars covering every land mass on the earth, piled 120 feet high, only one is marked and you have to walk around blind folded and find the marked one on your first guess. this was just for 8 prophecies! There are 61 recorded that Jesus fulfilled.
CONTINUING OUR SERIES...

Truth + Mercy > Judgment

Have you ever messed up and someone came down on you with judgment? How did that make you feel?
John 8:2–11 ESV
2 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.”
John 7:53–8:13 ESV
53 They went each to his own house, 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 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.” 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.”
John 8:2–13 ESV
2 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.” 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.”

Level Playing Field

Judgment
John 8:3–5 ESV
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?”
John 8:
The Sin
Adultery - having a married relationship with someone that is not your spouse (doing married people things with someone that is not your spouse).
In order for the woman to commit adultery, there must’ve been another person involved.
In this particular instance, the religious figures were only focused on one aspect of the “rules” because they had judgment goggles on. They were after a person, not the sin.
They were really after Jesus, but were using this woman’s life at her expense.
The Law/Punishment
The Law required death as the punishment
The trap for Jesus: would he release this woman from her sin (therefore breaking the law) or would he condemn the woman to death (in that day was illegal because Rome had control. This is why the pharisees had to take Jesus to Pilate to have him crucified).
Jesus Responds to the Accusers
John 8:7–9 ESV
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.
John 8:
The men were able to see the sin in others, but not their own
Jesus quietly and calmly points out that everyone around is guilty of the same offense: SIN
Romans 3:23 ESV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
One-by-one they all exit, leaving only Jesus and the Woman
Jesus Responds to the Woman
John 8:10–11 ESV
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.”
John 8:
Jesus does not take the opportunity to condemn the woman - she already knows that she is in the wrong
Jesus understands that the woman knows she is wrong and charges her to go and sin no more
This idea of no condemnation can be found in
Romans 8:1–2 ESV
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
if you truly find yourself living a life IN Jesus, you are free from condemnation - meaning, you no longer have to live in guilt and shame
FREEDOM: true freedom is not being free to do whatever you want; it’s being free from sin and death.
the idea of chains being taken off, you no longer have sin holding you back, you are free from the trap of sin

Giving Feedback

Practical Responses

The Consequences of Judgment
People will respond to being judged in the following ways:
Defensive - they won’t hear you, they will just argue with you
Shameful or Guilty - they will beat themselves up, eventually slipping into depression
Detached - they will separate themselves from you, closing any opportunity for help away
Open - they will respond with openness to improving their situation
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/acquired-spontaneity/201307/when-others-judge-us
Only 1 of the 4 options is a good outcome. The odds of you being able to “help” someone by judging them is risky at best.
Feedback
DEFINE: Feedback is information about past behavior, delivered in the present, which may influence future improved performance.
Past Behavior > Addressed Now = Future Modified Behavior
Guidelines for Feedback
Negative feedback should only be given in private
Address it as quickly as possibble
Provide details; don’t be too general (ex. you shouldn’t talk about Tim when he is not around to defend himself, it’s gossip and not nice.)
Mention something positive about them before getting into the tough stuff. It shows that you care about them.
Love the person, hate the sin. Don’t tell the person they are bad, tell them the action is bad.
Stay focused - don’t dump every wrong thing on them at once
Listen - give them a chance to respond and ask questions
Luke 6:37 ESV
37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Proverbs 3:3–4 ESV
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
James 5:9 ESV
9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
Feedback Quadrants
James 2:13 ESV
13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Feedback Quadrants
Top Left: General Positive
Bottom Left: General Negative
Top Right: Specific Positive
Bottom Right: Specific Negative

Activity

You just saw your friend steal from the Youth Cafe
Your friend is gossiping (talking bad) about another person
You hear from someone else that your friend might be doing drugs
A sibling is struggling with gender identity (being a boy or girl, being homosexual or heterosexual)
You find out your friend has been consuming bad content (R-rated movies, pornography, explicit music, etc)
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