When have you been given a second chance? Did you use it well? What was the outcome?
As a group, read John 8:1-11.
Use the following questions to consider this story from the perspective of each of the main characters in this story:
What were the Pharisees and teachers hoping to accomplish in this passage? Why do you think this was their goal? Were they successful? Why or why not?
What did the Pharisees need? How did Jesus provide what they needed?
How are we sometimes like the Pharisees? How should we respond when we find ourselves being like them?
Was the woman in this story guilty? Did she deserve to be executed (The Jewish people were still under the law of Moses: Lev. 20:10, Deut. 22:22)?
Why do you think Jesus didn't condone or excuse her sin?
What did this woman need? How did Jesus provide what she needed?
How are we sometimes like the woman? How should we respond when we find ourselves being like her?
What was Jesus hoping to accomplish in this passage (read vs.1-2)? Was he successful in accomplishing his goal? Why or why not?
What does this story teach us about Jesus' personality? How can we be more like the Jesus we see in this story? Who are the people to whom we need to show mercy and whom we need to protect?
What problems in your life are brought to mind as you talk about this passage? What actions are you contemplating as you talk about this passage? How can this group help?