1. What are some of of the approaches to 'truth' you have seen or experienced in our popular culture today? How does that stand in contrast to how Jesus presents truth?
2. The sermon makes a few claims about truth: there is truth, this truth can be known, and truth matters. Would you agree or disagree with each of those claims? Why?
3. The sermon then expounds on Jesus' statement that not everyone is free. We may be enslaved by philosophies of the day, past sin and guilt, our appetites and desires, the corruption of the world, or fear of death. Which of these do you identify with? What captivity have you experienced in your life?
4. "We need more than exposure to true statements if we are to be set free." If that is true, what are the conditions of being set free Jesus identifies in verse 31? The sermon describes them as believing in Jesus abiding in His Word, and being a disciple (learning from the Master). Which of these particularly resonates with you this week?
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.