Sermon Application Questions
Preaching: Jeff Dryden
Tell Us Plainly
John 10:22-42

Pray for grace through application of God’s word

Review the message notes

1. Why do you think God does not tell us plainly what we want to know at times?
2. It seems like those asking Jesus for clarity in the passage really don’t want it. They probably had something against him or a chip on their shoulder. Has that ever happened to you? (Describe that time).
3. If you had a time of hardness to God, what happened to soften your heart to God?
4. What is most encouraging to you about the passage?
5. How do you deal with Jesus presented here in John? (Acceptance, repentance, rejection)

C.S. Lewis Quotes

[Jesus made} claims, which if not true, are those of a megalomaniac. There is no parallel in other religions. If you had gone to Buddha and asked him: ‘Are you the son of Brahma?’ he would have said, ‘my son, you are still in the vale of illusion.’ If you had gone to Socrates and asked, ‘are you Zeus?’ he would have laughed at you. If you had gone to Mohammed and asked, ‘Are you Allah?’ he would first have rent his clothes and then cut your head off. If you had asked Confucius, “Are you Heaven?’ I think he would have probably replied, ‘Remarks which are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste.’ …He {Jesus} was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met him. He produced mainly three effects—Hatred—Terror–Adoration. There is no trace of people expressing mild approval.

C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock p.157-158

You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen College, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape?

C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

Next Week: Read John 11:1-44