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Adult Bible Study Guide

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Discipleship Contents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Disciples and Scripture Discipling Through Metaphor Discipleship and Prayer Discipling Children Discipling the Sick Discipling the Ordinary Jesus and the Social Outcasts With the Rich and Famous Discipling the Powerful Discipling the Nations Discipling Spiritual Leaders Harvest and the Harvesters The Cost of Discipleship

Discipleship Our Goal

We will look at discipleship as the process by which we become followers of Jesus and, as such, better soul-winners.

Discipleship Lesson 7, February 15

Jesus and the

Social Outcasts

Jesus and the Social Outcasts Key Text

John 4:28-30 NKJV

The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, Come see a Man who had told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?

Jesus and the Social Outcasts Initial Words

Societies establish hierarchies. Wealthy or well-educated people usually acquire the highest positions. Good moral citizens, the ordinary people, occupy the middle rungs. Then the bottom dwellers: prostitutes, substance abusers, criminals, the homeless, and during Christs time, included lepers and tax collectors.

Jesus and the Social Outcasts Quick Look

1. Sexually Immoral Women (John 8:1-11; John 4:5-32) 2. Mentally Deranged Man (Mark 5:1-20) 3. Publicans and Sinners (Matthew 9:9-13)

Jesus and the Social Outcasts 1. Sexually Immoral Women

John 8:10, 11 NKJV

When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you? She said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.

1. Sexually Immoral Women In the Very Act

Caught amid the leaders political intrigue was this helpless and guilty woman. Unfamiliar with Jesus ministry, she could not have known His merciful nature. Ironically, He appears to pronounce her death sentence; however, He prefaced His statement with those unforgettable words, He that is without sin....

1. Sexually Immoral Women In the Very Act

Those words leveled the playing field. Sinless people might be authorized to mercilessly execute punishment. But, with the exception of Jesus, there were no sinless people present. Gradually the religious leaders dispersed, and this social outcast, guilty as she may have been, received grace.

In the Very Act The Desire of Ages 462

In His act of pardoningand encouraging her to live a better life, the character of Jesus shines forth in the beauty of perfect righteousness. While He does not palliate sin, nor lessen the sense of guilt, He seeks not to condemn, but to save. The world had only contempt and scorn; but Jesus speaks words of

1. Sexually Immoral Women John 4: Lessons at the Well

1. Vs. 5: Social conventions should not interfere with witnessing. 2. Vss. 16, 17: Approach in confronting sin. 3. Vs. 27: Prejudices of the disciples. 4. Vs. 28: Womans question about Jesus tells us of patience when it comes to disciple-making.

Jesus and the Social Outcasts 2. Mentally Deranged Man

Mark 5:18-20 NKJV

He who had been demonpossessed begged Him that he might be with Him. Jesussaid to him, Go homeand tell them what great things the Lord has done to you, and how He has had compassion on you. And he departed and began to proclaimand all marvelled.

2. Mentally Deranged Man Lowest of the Low

No one, no matter how deranged whether from demon possession, mental illness, drug use, whatever is to be ignored. In some cases, professional help is needed and should be given when possible.

2. Mentally Deranged Man Lowest of the Low

As Christians, we must remember that Christ died for everyone, and even those whom we might deem to be beyond our help still deserve as much mercy and respect and kindness as possible. Besides, who are we to judge anyone to be a hopeless case, to be beyond the power of God?

2. Mentally Deranged Man Lowest of the Low

From our perspective, things can look bad, but from Gods perspective every human being is of infinite worth. Were it not for the Cross, all our cases would be hopeless, a point worth remembering as we confront very disturbed and damaged people.

Jesus and the Social Outcasts 3. Publicans and Sinners

Matthew 9:11-13 NKJV

The Phariseessaid to His disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? When Jesus heard that, He said, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.

3. Publicans and Sinners Hated and Despised

Our sin-darkened minds can barely grasp what humanity and human relations would have been like had our world not fallen. One thing we can be sure of is that the class distinctions, prejudices, and cultural and ethnic boundaries that impact every society and culture would not exist.

3. Publicans and Sinners Hated and Despised

Sad to say, too, its hardly feasible that before Christ returns these boundaries are going to vanish. On the contrary, as our world gets worse, there is no doubt that these barriers will, as well. As Christians, however, we must do what we can in every way possible to seek to transcend these barriers.

Hated and Despised EGW The SDA Bible Comm 5:1088

The Pharisees beheld Christ sitting and eating with publicans and sinners. He was calm and self-possessed, kind, courteous, and friendly; andso unlike their own course of action. The haughty Phariseesdisparaged those who had not been blessed with such privileges and light as they themselves had had.

Jesus and the Social Outcasts Final Words

Jesus wasted no effort damaging the outcasts already diminished sense of self-worth. He created a renewed sense of personal value. He established that foundation by consistently loving and accepting the outcasts, whose hearts were often melted by the warm and loving receptions that they had received.