Sermons

Wounds of Forgiveness (John 20:19-31)

WOUNDS OF FORGIVENESS
JOHN 20:19-31
GENESIS 2:7

The crucified and resurrected life is shaped by forgiveness.

I.    JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES (VV. 19-23)
    A.    Peace Behind Closed Doors (v. 19; cf. John 10; 1 John 3:17)
    B.    When Seeing Leads to Joy (v. 20)
    C.    Forgiveness and the New Creation (vv. 21-23; cf. John 17:18; Genesis 2:7)

II.    JESUS AND THOMAS (VV. 24-29)

    A.    Doubting Thomas (vv. 24-25)
    B.    When Seeing Leads to Confession (vv. 26-29; cf. Genesis 2:22-23)

III.    JESUS AND OTHER BELIEVERS (V. 31)

    A.    The Word and Believing (v. 31)
    B.    The Word and Forgiveness
    C.    A Table of Forgiveness

DISCUSSION STARTERS

1.    Monday—What are some things in the world or in your life challenge the reality that the cross and the resurrection has changed everything? 
2.    Tuesday—Why were the disciples inside a locked room during the evening of the resurrection? Is this at all a reflection of their own hearts? Why were they afraid of the Jews? What sort of things causes you to shut your heart?
3.    Wednesday—What is so ironic about the disciples’ joy upon seeing the resurrected Jesus? What sign does Jesus provide to signify that the new creation has arrived? What mission does Jesus give to his disciples in light of the new creation? How does forgiveness bear witness to the resurrection?
4.    Thursday—How might you identify with Thomas? Why do you think Jesus comes to Thomas after 8 days? What does Jesus’ pierced side remind of and what does that have to do with the church?
5.    Friday—Thomas and the disciples believed only after seeing the wounds of Jesus, how does Jesus teach us a better way to believe?