Reformation Sunday: “Combination to the Lock” – John 8:31-36 – Pastor Bruce Lerum

Definition of insanity:

Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.

We are insane with sin and that is slavery.

[The Jews] answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been enslaved to anyone. – John 8:33 

You’re only on occasional day release from sin’s prison.

It’s permanent freedom that we are after.

[Jesus said] “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. – John 8:31 

Find the combination for 24 hour freedom.

Jesus’ real truth sets you free.

And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin]. – John 8:32


Study Questions:

1. When I do the same thing over and over again, I’m in a hole. What does my hole look like at different times of the day? At different times of the week?

2. What does Jesus say about changing to do things differently? Read John 8:31.

3. What is it in the routine of my life that makes it difficult to make that change? What do I need to get rid of or add to my life?

4. Having an accountability partner who will be honest with you can make that happen. Do you have one? If not, who would you choose?

5. Read John 8:32. Do you hear God’s grace coming through? Discuss this.