Week 1

The Pathway of Grace

Scripture: John 1: 14-18

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Video

Mysterious Pathways of Joy – Week 1

Conversations

Utilizing the passage above, the video, and today’s sermon, consider the following questions:

  1. Discuss together the meaning of the following passages pertaining to grace:
    • John 1:16 – From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
    • John 1:17 – The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
    • 2 Corinthians 12:9 – but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
    • Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
  2. Have you ever stopped to ponder the depth of God’s grace in your life? What caused you to stop and ponder?
  3. Has anything in life ever interrupted your life, enabling you to ponder God’s grace?
  4. Who embodies God’s grace to you? A spouse? Parent? Friend? Spiritual leader? How have they modeled God’s grace?
  5. What are the implications of grace and joy being “twins?”
  6. Have you ever had a moment where you were given an undeserved, unearned gift that you never expected? How did you respond to that gift?