Opening Question: What makes you feel free? Why?
1. Luke 13:10-13
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
Q: What was the problem with this woman? (She’d been crippled for 18 years)
Q: Do you think she felt free?
Q: Do you think that Jesus wanted her to be free?
Q: What kinds of things can stop us from being free today?
Jesus touches her and says, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”
Q: Then what does the Bible say that the woman did? (She straightened up)
It’s funny how the Bible says that ~ Sometimes it takes us “Straightening Up!” in order to be free!
Q: What do you think are some ways people can “straighten up!” nowadays?
2. [v. 14-17]
Q: Why were the synagogue leaders so upset with Jesus?
Q: Do you think they wanted the woman to be set free?
Q: What do you think Jesus meant by His example of watering your oxen on the Sabbath?
Q: What do you think kept the synagogue leaders from helping this woman?
Q: Do you think that the synagogue leaders had true freedom? Why?
3. John 8:31-32
Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Q: According to Jesus, what must be done in order for us to be set free? (Obey His teachings)
In essence, Jesus is telling them to “straighten up!”
Q: How do you think that Jesus’ teachings can bring true freedom?
Q: Do you think that these people knew that they weren’t free?
4. John 8:31-36
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word.
Q: What do you think the Jews here were a slave to?
Q: Why didn’t the Jews want to accept that they were slaves?
Q: Do you think people today are equally as unwilling to admit that they are slaves?
Q: Why do people have a hard time admitting that they’re slaves?
Challenge: Q: Are you enslaved to something?
Look at what might be enslaving you, and then “straighten up!”
The Bible says that freedom is gained through “holding to [Jesus’] teachings.”
If you don’t know Jesus’ teachings, you should study the Bible with us – and learn how to be