Compassion in Action

MESSAGE - Pastor Dale Thiele

John: That You May Believe

Compassion in Action 

  • Compassion Calls
  • Compassion Is Angry and Grieves
  • Compassion Overcomes Death  

Questions for Further Study or Group Discussion:

  1. Read John 11:28-44. Why does Jesus just speak a word from a distance to raise Lazarus? What does he want to accomplish?
  2. The word compassion is not used in this passage, but Christ operates from compassion. In what ways do we see his compassion in this passage?
  3. Westminster Confession of Faith II.1 says that God is without passions, which means that he is not vulnerable to change nor overcome by a variation in mood. How do we reconcile this with the emotions of Jesus in verse 33?
  4. Why does Jesus weep? What comfort do you find in his weeping?
  5. How is Lazarus’ resurrection a foretaste of the future resurrection and a parable of our conversion?  

Memory Verse of the Week:

Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (ESV)