this week's video


Bottom lines

  • Jesus raised the behavioral standard so high that no one could make a passing grade.

  • God is on an endless pursuit to restore his relationship with sinners.

  • Jesus never minimized the seriousness of sin, but he did not condemn sinners.

leader notes

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Weekly Win

The win for week two is for participants to realize they are more than "mistakers," that they are, in fact, "sinners" according to the biblical definition; that sin is the "problem" that must be resolved if we are to have the relationship with God we were intended to have.

Additional resources

Johns 8:1-11
Luke 23:32–43
Romans 3:23
Colossians 3:23
Psalm 19:12–14
Mark 2:1–12
Genesis 1:26–27

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Watch: Reading the Bible by Andy Stanley (7 minutes)
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